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Beginner Level

Approx. 77 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 days of intense online debate which you can move in and out of....

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
2 hours to complete

Introduction: welcome to the Global Human Rights Teach-Out!

This is the opening of the Global Human Rights Teach Out, starting on the 17th of October 2018, at 9 a.m. Leiden time. In this module you can not only find welcoming words, but also background information and guidance how to join our conversations. The main activity will be in the discussion forums. Do not forget you can start your own threads. Share your personal stories. Be an eyewitness....
7 readings, 1 quiz
7 readings
Bio Prof. dr. Griffiths & team5m
How does this Teach-Out work?10m
Community Guidelines & Academic Toolkit10m
Submit your own Idea in audiofile to the Idea Bazaar10m
The Library10m
Calender 17-20 October 201810m
MOOCs in this field from SDG Initiative10m
1 practice exercise
Publication Permission
Week
2
1 hour to complete

Is Human Rights a Western concept?

At 10 am 17 Oct I am delighted to present Prof. dr. Stephen Angle (Wesleyan University, USA), who will discuss whether Human Rights is a western concept. Please also join us in the discussion forums....
2 readings
2 readings
Bio Prof. dr. Stephen Angle5m
Discuss the podcast10m
Week
3
4 hours to complete

Legal Mobilization of Human Rights in a Time of Crisis

At 12 PM 17 Oct I am delighted to present Dr. Jeff Handmaker of the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague, which is part of Erasmus University, in the Netherlands), who will discuss Legal Mobilization of Human Rights in a Time of Crisis. Please also join us in the discussion forums....
4 readings
4 readings
Powerpoint Slides (Read along with the Lecture, PDF file)10m
Suggested Readings10m
Bio Dr. Jeff Handmaker5m
Discuss the podcast10m
Week
4
1 hour to complete

The pushback against international human rights institutions and how they may respond

At 2 PM I am delighted to present Prof. dr. Jorge Contesse (Rutgers University, USA), who will discuss the pushback against International Human Rights institutions, and how they may respond. Please also join us in the discussion forums....
2 readings
2 readings
Bio Prof. Dr. Jorge Contesse10m
Discuss the podcast10m
Week
5
1 hour to complete

Linguistic Human Rights and Linguistic Genocide in Education

At 4 PM 17 Oct I am delighted to present Prof. dr. Tove Skutnabb-Kangas (Abo, Finland), who will discuss Linguistic Human Rights and Linguistic Genocide in Education. Please also join us in the discussion forums....
2 readings
2 readings
Bio Prof. dr. Tove Skutnabb-Kangas Emeritus5m
Discuss the podcast10m
Week
6
1 hour to complete

Myths about ‘global’ English, and the weaknesses of the HR/EU system on actionable human rights

At 6 PM I am delighted to present Prof. dr. Robert Phillipson (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark), who will discuss Myths about 'Global' English and the Weaknesses of the Human Rights / EU system on actionable Human Rights. Please also join us in the discussion forums....
2 readings
2 readings
Bio Prof. dr. Robert Philipson Emeritus10m
Discuss the podcast10m
Week
7
1 hour to complete

How do Human Rights and SDGs connect?

At 8 PM 17 Oct I am delighted to present Ms. Kate Gilmore (United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Australia), who will discuss How do Human Rights and SDGs Connect. Please also join us in the discussion forums....
2 readings
2 readings
Bio Ms. Kate Gilmore10m
Discuss the podcasts10m
Week
8
1 hour to complete

The synergies between Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the SDGs

At 10 PM I am delighted to present Prof. dr. Christophe Golay (University of Geneva, Switzerland), who will discuss the Synergies between Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the SDGs. Please also join us in the discussion forums....
3 readings
3 readings
Bio Prof. dr. Christophe Golay5m
Suggested Reading10m
Discuss the podcast10m
Week
9
1 hour to complete

25 years of women’s rights as human rights: gains, gaps and opportunities

At 1 AM 18 Oct I am delighted to present Prof. dr. Niamh Reilly (National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland), who will discuss 25 years of Women's Rights as Human Rights: gains, gaps and opportunities. Please also join us in the discussion forums....
2 readings
2 readings
Bio Prof. dr. Niamh Reilly5m
Discuss the podcast10m
Week
10
1 hour to complete

The Human Rights of Women in Marriage

At 3 AM 18 Oct I am delighted to present Dr. Nurul Huda Mohd Razif (IIAS, Leiden University, Netherlands), who will discuss the Human Rights of Women in Marriage. Please also join us in the discussion forums....
2 readings
2 readings
Bio Dr. Nurul Huda Mohd Razif5m
Discuss the podcast10m
Week
11
1 hour to complete

A Global History of Gender Equality as Smart Economics

At 5 AM 18 Oct I am delighted to present Ass Prof. dr. Selin Dilli (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Netherlands), who will discuss A Global History of Gender Equality as Smart Economics. Please also join us in the discussion forums....
2 readings
2 readings
Bio Dr Selin Dilli10m
Discuss this podcast10m
Week
12
1 hour to complete

The rights of the child

At 7 AM 18 Oct I am delighted to present Mr. Christopher Hoffman (World Vision), who will discuss the rights of the child. Please also join us in the discussion forums....
2 readings
2 readings
Bio Mr. Christopher Hoffman10m
Discuss the podcast10m
Week
13
1 hour to complete

Bringing dictators to account

At 10 AM 18 Oct I am delighted to present Prof. dr. Ezequiel González Ocantos (Nuffield College, Oxford, UK), who will discuss Bringing Dictators to Account. Please also join us in the discussion forums....
2 readings
2 readings
Bio Prof. dr. Ezequiel González-Ocantos5m
Discuss the podcasts
Week
14
1 hour to complete

Willingness and capacities: Key conditions for human rights change.

At 2 PM 18 Oct I am delighted to present Prof. dr. Alejandro Anaya-Muñoz (ITESO, Mexico), who will discuss Willingness and Capacities: Key Conditions for Human Rights Change. Please also join us in the discussion forums....
2 readings
2 readings
Bio Prof. dr. Alejandro Anaya-Muñoz5m
Discuss the podcast10m
Week
15
1 hour to complete

Business and Human Rights

At 5 PM I am delighted to present Prof dr. Sarah Joseph (Monash University, Australia), who will discuss Business and Human Rights. Please also join us in the discussion forums....
2 readings
2 readings
Bio Prof. dr. Sarah Joseph5m
Discuss the podcast10m
Week
16
1 hour to complete

World Bank: Applying Human Rights in Practice

At 7 PM 18 Oct I am delighted to present Mr. Dan Owen, Mr. Oliver Mukarj and Ms. Anna Autio (World Bank), who will be discussing Applying Human Rights in Practice. Please also join us in the discussion forums....
2 readings
2 readings
Bio's Worldbank10m
Discuss the podcast10m
Week
17
1 hour to complete

Same-sex couples and the international human right to marry

At 9 PM I am delighted to present Prof. dr. Kees Waaldijk LLM (Leiden University, Netherlands), who will discuss Same-sex couples and the international human right to marry. Please also join us in the discussion forums....
3 readings
3 readings
Suggested Reading10m
Bio Prof. dr. Kees Waaldijk LLM5m
Discuss the podcast10m
Week
18
1 hour to complete

Gender, Human Rights, and National Security

At 11 PM 18 Oct I am delighted to present Prof. dr. Jayne Huckerby (Duke University, USA), who will discuss Gender, Human Rights, and National Security. Please also join us in the discussion forums....
2 readings
2 readings
Bio Prof. dr. Jayne Huckerby10m
Discuss the podcast10m
Week
19
1 hour to complete

The figure of the "animal" in human rights discourses

At 1 AM 19 Oct I am delighted to present Prof. dr. Megan Glick (Wesleyan University, USA), who will discuss the figure of the "animal" in Human Rights discourses. Please also join us in the discussion forums....
2 readings
2 readings
Bio Prof. dr. Megan Glick10m
Discuss the podcast10m
Week
20
28 minutes to complete

The principle of subsidiarity and the international protection of human rights

At 3 AM 19 Oct I am delighted to present Judge Dean Spielmann (European Court Human Rights, London University College, UK), who will discuss the principle of subsidiarity and the international protection of Human Rights. Please also join us in the discussion forums....
1 video (Total 13 min), 2 readings
2 readings
Bio Judge Dean Spielmann5m
Discuss the podcast10m
Week
21
1 hour to complete

The Rise of authoritarian populism in the West

At 5 AM 19 Oct I am delighted to present Mr. Andrew Stroehlein (Human Rights Watch), who will discuss the Rise of Authoritarian Populism in the West. Please also join us in the discussion forums....
2 readings
2 readings
Bio Mr. Andrew Stroehlein10m
Discuss the podcast10m
Week
22
1 hour to complete

Pre-trial detention rights and access to justice

At 7 AM I am delighted to present Prof. dr. Kerem Altiparmak (Ankara University, Turkey), who will discuss Pre-trail detention rights and access to justice. Please also join us in the discussion forums....
2 readings
2 readings
Bio Prof. dr. Kerem Altiparmak5m
Discuss the podcast10m
Week
23
1 hour to complete

Solitary Confinement

At 9 AM 19 Oct I am delighted to present Prof. dr. Margo Schlanger (University of Michigan, USA), who will discuss Solitary Confinement. Please also join us in the discussion forums....
2 readings
2 readings
Bio Prof. dr. Margo Schlanger10m
Discuss the podcast10m
Week
24
1 hour to complete

Cruel and unusual punishments: The Death Penalty

At 11 AM 19 Oct I am delighted to present Ms. Maya Foa, LLB (Director Reprieve), who will discuss Cruel and Unusual Punishments: the Death Penalty. Please also join us in the discussion forums....
2 readings
2 readings
Bio Ms. Maya Foa LLB5m
Discuss the podcast10m
Week
25
25 minutes to complete

The death penalty and terrorism

At 1 PM 19 Oct I am delighted to present Ms. Soraya Bauwens (Reprieve), who will discuss the Death Penalty and Terrorism. Please also join us in the discussion forums....
1 reading
1 reading
Discuss the podcast10m
Week
26
1 hour to complete

International Judicial Protection Of Right To Life

At 3 PM 19 Oct I am delighted to present Judge Michael O'Boyle, (European Court Human Rights), who will discuss the International Judicial Protection of Right to Life. Please also join us in the discussion forums....
2 readings
2 readings
Bio Judge Michael O'Boyle5m
Discuss the podcast10m
Week
27
1 hour to complete

The rise and rise of Human Rights Cities

At 7 PM 19 Oct I am delighted to present Prof. dr. Barbara Oomen (Utrecht University, Netherlands), who will discuss the Rise and Rise of Human Rights Cities, and will be present in the discussion forums. Please also join us in the discussion forums....
3 readings
3 readings
Bio Prof. dr. Barbara Oomen5m
Suggested Reading / Watching10m
Discuss the podcast10m
Week
28
1 hour to complete

Human rights education for personal and social transformation

At 9 PM 19 Oct I am delighted to present Prof. dr. Felisia Tibbitts (Utrecht University, Netherlands), who will discuss Human Rights Education for Personal and Social Transformation. Please also join us in the discussion forums....
2 readings
2 readings
Bio Prof. dr. Felisia Tibbitts10m
Discuss the podcast10m
Week
29
1 hour to complete

Free Speech on Campus

At 11 PM 19 Oct I am delighted to present Prof. Carel Stolker LLM (Rector Magnificus, Leiden University, Netherlands), who will discuss Free Speech on Campus. Please also join us in the discussion forums....
2 readings
2 readings
Bio Prof. Carel Stolker LLM5m
Discuss the podcast10m
Week
30
3 hours to complete

The Ideas Bazaar

Here we will add new podcasts from YOU, the participants in this debate, and possibly other academics who have reached out to us to be included. The fun will start at 1 AM 20 Oct....
5 readings
5 readings
How to submit a podcast10m
Bio Prof. dr. Helen Duffy10m
Bio Mr. Nikhil Seth, Executive Director UNITAR10m
Bio Lizhi He10m
Bio Virginija Balčiūnaitė10m
Week
31
25 minutes to complete

LIVE FROM THE HAGUE: the ultimate debate

Yes, we will do a live session here in The Hague, taking on board all your questions and discussing with some of the presenters what their impressions were of the past 4 days. We will start at 10 AM on 20 Oct...
1 reading
1 reading
Live from The Hague...10m

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Richard Thomas Griffiths

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Faculty of Humanities

About SDG Talk

SDG Talk is the discussion community of the SDG Initiative. In July 2017, a group of 17 universities from 5 continents and Coursera decided to launch a new learning experience for those who want to turn their learning into real-life impact: help achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Each of the courses offered as part of the SDG Initiative, allows learners to engage with a dedicated partner organisation, such as a non-profit organisation, humanitarian aid organisation or a UN agency, and to assist them with one of their ongoing projects. The type of hands-on projects differ per course, and range from virtual mapping projects to local activities....

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments.

  • The online event in the MOOC sphere known as Teach-Out was coined by Michigan University after the teach-in’s of the 1960’s which started at their campus. The main purpose of a Teach-Out is to converse with peers, experts and professionals in the field, about a topic currently in the news that is of fundamental importance for society and SDG’s. You can find a list of Michigan's Teach-Outs at Teach-Out.org.

  • This is a completely free learning experience!

  • Starting on the 17th of October 2018 We will release a podcast, with associated discussion, every two hours. In some cases the instructors will be available to react to your discussions directly (marked LIVE), in other cases it will be just your peers and our mentors. We will close the event with a live debate on Saturdaymorning the 20th in the Hague, which you can attend online, or in person. You can find more details in the syllabus on how to sign up for the live event.,

  • Podcasts are provided on every topic, as well as an extensive library with freely available documentation. The focus of the event is on the discussion forums. You can go into the discussion forums directly, whether for just one particular conversation, or several, but we urge you to listen & read the material available to help shape your position & arguments.

  • What do you take away from a particular conversation? It can be everything from a simple observation to a call to action. You decide.

  • We stick with the community guidelines detailed in the first module of this event. This means we expect you to Participate, Collaborate, Be Respectful, Be Academic and above all Be safe. Further guidance in the day to day conversation will be given by the mentors, trained by Leiden University, who will help e-moderate the discussion. If you have further interest in our position on community management you can reach out to us at mooc@sea.leidenuniv.nl

  • No. There are no quizzes, no grading policy, and we will not be offering a certificate of participation. The only goal of participation is enlightening yourself. We think that is priceless in itself.

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