Graduate Certificate in Human Rights - 2017

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Course summary

Course summary - 2017

Level: Postgraduate
Qualification: Graduate Certificate
Number of units: 4 units to complete

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This course is an entry pathway to the Master of Human Rights for those who do not have a relevant degree. It is for human rights workers, those who would hope to work in the human rights field, professionals who wish to apply human rights principles to their practice, development workers, non government organisation workers, activists, teachers, mediation and conflict workers, and community workers. It involves the study of the theory and philosophy of human rights across different cultural, religious, philosophical and political traditions, and how these ideas can be translated into practice in the contemporary world. This course is for those working both in Australia and internationally. It is multidisciplinary, and provides an opportunity for those from different cultural backgrounds, professions and disciplines to dialogue about human rights and develop their ideas and skills in human rights practice.

Students will achieve the following outcomes from the Graduate Certificate:

  1. apply knowledge of the principles and concepts of human rights in work and community settings
  2. critically analyse political, service, policy and moral issues using a human rights framework; Think creatively to develop human rights based solutions to social and political problems
  3. locate, critically evaluate and synthesise relevant evidence and human rights literature
  4. communicate, both verbally and in writing, comprehensive analyses of complex human rights data or theories
  5. use technologies to effectively collect information and communicate findings
  6. demonstrate ability in self-directed learning
  7. recognise the global nature of human rights issues and apply knowledge of practices learned
  8. demonstrate a critical appreciation of diverse cultural aspects of human rights theory and practice
  9. demonstrate ability to work ethically and independently on study and fieldwork projects, as well as work collaboratively with fellow students, staff and colleagues in the field.

Graduates will have opportunities in careers including education, diplomatic services, human rights organisations, international development programs and government agencies.

Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree.

International applicants must have the following minimum IELTS scores:

Writing and Reading 6.0, Speaking and Listening 6.0, Overall score 6.5

English language requirements

Applicants need to meet Curtin’s English Language requirement as all courses are taught in English. If your education courses were not solely in English, as per the International Handbook of Universities or the World Higher Education database, please attach a scanned original copy of English Proficiency Test results. Admission requires an overall International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) (or equivalent test) score of at least 6.5 and competence in all test components (IELTS score of 6.0).

Please refer to the 'Minimum English Entry Requirements' document at

To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate in Human Rights students must complete 4 units.

Complete 4 units from the following 8 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Human Rights Theory and Philosophy
CHRE501 CUR Sess 1 - -
Human Rights History Across Cultures and Religions
CHRE502 CUR - Sess 2 -
Human Rights Instruments and Institutions
CHRE506 CUR - Sess 2 -
Human Rights and Development
CHRE507 CUR Sess 1 - -
Human Rights Activism, Advocacy and Change
CHRE512 CUR - Sess 2 -
Refugee Rights
CHRE509 CUR Sess 1 - -
Indigenous Rights
CHRE510 CUR - Sess 2 -
Community Education and Consciousness Raising
CHRE503 CUR Sess 1 - -

Applications for Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) are assessed on a case by case basis according to Curtin University policies which is available at

Students must be admitted in an award course of study before lodging their completed CRL application, along with all necessary documentation for a formal assessment.

To officially apply for CRL, students need to submit the CRL application form available from to along with supporting documents. Accepted documentation includes scans of the original Transcripts and/or Award Certificate; front and back; in colour; and original size. For detailed scanned documents requirements and guidelines, please visit

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You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can access the government loan scheme known as FEE-HELP. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a minimum threshold.

Who can access it?

  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to their course
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their unit
  • Permanent visa holders who are undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be resident in Australia for the duration of their study

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You can pay your fees upfront - in full at the beginning of a unit - using:
  • Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Cheque
  • Money order

You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Melbourne 3001

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