Human Rights, Human Wrongs

SDG Academy
Start date: 
02 Sep 2019
End date: 
01 Sep 2020

From women to children to indigenous peoples, the rights of marginalized groups the world over are violated daily. These injustices affect not just these groups, but also the stability of our world – and our collective future.

Join this massive open online course to learn about the establishment of human rights and their linkages to many other global issues in sustainable development. Using legal frameworks as the lens, the course explores the barriers that prevent rights from becoming reality in different societies.


  • Graduate students and advanced undergraduate students studying human rights, law, sustainable development, international relations and related fields
  • Human rights practitioners working on the ground who want to improve the efficacy of intervention programs
  • Lawyers and policymakers interested in the context of existing and past human rights legislation and the current issues at play in revising legislation or adapting new legislation
  • Private-sector actors, such as those who work in corporate sustainability and responsibility, who are interested in labor rights, gender equality and more
  • Sustainable development practitioners who want to understand human rights in the context of a range of issues, such as forced migration


  • Why Does the World Need Human Rights?
  • How Do International Legal Frameworks and Institutions Interact with the Development Agenda?
  • International Human Rights Frameworks and Marginal Groups
  • What are the Basic Underlying Frameworks for Social Inclusion?
  • Contested Rights and the Co-option of the Rights Discourse
  • Sites of Gendered Poverty and Inequality
  • Gendered Rights and Violence
  • The Nature of Social Exclusion: Minorities and Indigenous Peoples
  • Who Will Advocate for the Vulnerable at Their Most Vulnerable?
  • From Exclusion to Inclusion: Responding to Crisis and Conflict
  • New Directions: Rights and the SDGs
Type of learning: 
Self paced
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This project is funded by: