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Introduction to Human rights

Studying a human rights course is a brave step towards making positive change in your life and the lives of others. Learning about human rights takes courage, compassion, and dedication. By applying your humanity to your studies, you can bring creative and real solutions to social and political problems.

Explore global and local human rights challenges, including climate change, refugees, reconciliation, and modern slavery. Complex international systems are in place providing opportunities to work in NGOs, public think tanks, and state or federal government.

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Curtin University

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No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 15 Jul 2024

University of Notre Dame Australia


Policing Human Trafficking

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No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Murdoch University


Global Justice, Aid and Security

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 29 Jul 2024, 25 Nov 2024

Curtin University


Activism, Advocacy and Change

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No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 15 Jul 2024

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University of Southern Queensland

100% online

3 years full time or part time equivalent

Curtin University


Master of Human Rights

Engage with a range of perspectives to develop your own position

Explore philosophy and theory, cultures and religions, instruments and institutions, activism, advocacy and community education. Graduates find career opportunities in diplomatic services, human rights, aid programs and government

100% online

Approx. 1.5 years full time or part time equivalent

Griffith University

A double degree in business and politics

Learn the workings of business and government for broad career options in private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. Focus your skills and knowledge with majors including international business, economics, public policy, and more.

100% online

4 years full time or part time equivalent

University of Notre Dame Australia

Fight to end the exploitation of human labour

Begin to unpack the ethics, laws, and politics surrounding slavery and human trafficking in modern society and business. Reflect on initiatives to prevent modern slavery and think about how your decisions and actions can contribute to change. 

100% online

6 months full time or part time equivalent

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