MINELRES: CfA: HREA e-learning course on European human rights

MINELRES moderator minelres@lists.microlink.lv
Sat May 14 15:00:41 2005

Original sender: HREA Distance Learning Programme


Distance education course
(21 September-13 December 2005)

Dear Colleagues,

HREA is calling for applications for the distance learning course
"Introduction to the
European System of Human Rights Protection and Promotion". The course
will be offered from
September-December 2005. Course instructor is Dr. Gerd Oberleitner.

Below you will find a short description of the course. Further
information and application forms can be obtained at:

Please note that the registration deadline for this course is 1 July

Best wishes,

Diana Hughes
Distance Learning Programme, HREA


HREA Distance Learning Course 9E05:
21 September-13 December 2005
Instructor: Dr. Gerd Oberleitner, Lecturer at the Institute of
International Law and International Relations of the University of Graz
(Austria) and Visiting Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Human
Rights of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

This distance learning course provides participants with practical
guidance on how to protect human rights through the European human
rights system, and specifically the institutions and treaties of the
Council of Europe. Participants will be introduced to the main European
human rights conventions and jurisprudence, primarily as developed
through the European Court of Human Rights. The course addresses
European human rights standards as they apply to civil and political
rights, economic, social and cultural rights, and the rights of
minorities. Case studies on the freedom of expression, homosexuality,
violence against women, protection of the mentally-ill, prisoner's
rights, and the rights of refugees and internally displaced persons,
will deepen participants' understanding of the European human rights
standards and machinery. 

The course is primarily intended for advanced (under)graduate students
of (international) law or social and political sciences; civic education
and history teachers; and NGO staff members from Council of Europe
member states. Participants should have a good written command of
English (the course language is English), have high competence and
comfort with computer and Internet use, and have regular access to
e-mail and the Internet. 

The course involves approximately 60 hours of reading, on-line working
groups, interaction among students and instructors, and assignments, and
is offered over a 12-week period beginning on 21 September. E-mail will
be the main medium for the course, although participants will need to
have periodic access to the Web. This course will integrate active and
participatory learning approaches within activities and assignments,
with an emphasis on reflective and collaborative learning. Participants
will do the required reading, prepare interim and final project
assignments and participate in group discussions. 

Application deadline: July 1, 2005

A more detailed course description, course outline, information about
the course instructor and application forms can be found at:


HREA's Distance Learning Programme (DLP) was initiated in 2000 in
response to an unaddressed need for the continuing education of human
rights professionals and practitioners. The programme builds on HREA's
extensive experience in both the training of professionals (advocates,
educators, development workers) and the use of the new information
technologies to provide resources and to network human rights advocates
and educators. By offering short, practical yet specialised courses via
distance learning barriers that prevent many practitioners from
participating in continuing education - such as a lack of time and/or
lack of funds to participate in regional or national workshops/trainings
- can be overcome. HREA annually organises distance learning courses on
human rights monitoring; research & evaluation in the NGO sector;
project development and management; use of information and communication
technologies (ICTs) for human rights work; rights-based programming;
introductions to the European and United Nations human rights systems;
and human rights advocacy (in English, Arabic and Russian). For more
information about the DLP, please visit: http://www.hrea.org/DLP/


Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) is an international
non-governmental organisation that supports human rights learning; the
training of activists and professionals; the development of educational
materials and programming; and community-building through on-line
technologies. HREA works in partnership with education agencies, NGOs,
governments and inter-governmental organisations to implement training
programmes for NGO staff, jurists, teachers, and other professionals
involved in human rights work. Current and past partners include, inter
alia, Amnesty International, Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies,
Council of Europe, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, HURIDOCS, the
Inter-American Institute for Human Rights (IIDH), the Office of the UN
High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Open Society Institute and
UNESCO. HREA is registered as a non-profit organisation in Morocco, the
Netherlands and the USA. More information on HREA can be found at: