MOOC: Promoting and Protecting Human Rights: A Global Overview (Italy)

“MOOCs”MOOC: Promoting and Protecting Human Rights: A Global Overview, offered by Global Campus on Human Rights, Venice, Italy, . Free enrollment starting June 15, 2020.

In times of violence and crisis, human rights are important safeguards. In times of peace, security and development, they are important pillars sustaining our common humanity. They are more than moral or legal concepts: they are the lymph of our lives. For them to run effectively, we need to relentlessly promote and protect them.

Human rights are an inherent part of every individual. They are the outcome of long struggles and achievements. Responding to the necessity to counter – and in the future prevent – the tragic effects of genocide, war, economic depression, nationalism and colonialism, they were engraved in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as “a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations”. Then, they carried the hope for freedom, justice and peace in the world. Today, they are often questioned, attacked, dismissed and violated. But they still stand to remind us that “we are all born equal and free in dignity and rights”.

Promoting and protecting human rights is yet a work in progress. Much still needs to be done, but we can build on the concrete improvements and achievements that human rights have already allowed over the years. We can defend cases, advocate for change and bring about progress on the basis of legal instruments and mechanisms: laws, institutions, courts. We can face challenges with the strength of the benefits that have been demonstrated around the world: greater freedom and democracy; better health, education, and standards of living. To continue our efforts, we need information, education, awareness and action. This course provides you with a solid basis to understand, know and stand up for human rights.

Enroll and earn a certificate for free upon completion of all 7 classes.

MOOC: Intercultural Dialogue Skills (Canada)

“MOOCs”MOOC: Intercultural Dialogue Skills, Francophone University Agency (AUF), Montreal, Canada. Deadline: June 29, 2020.

Massive open online course (MOOC) on Intercultural Dialogue Skills begins June 29. This course consists of 42 videos, extending over five weeks. It is offered in French with text translation in English. Taught by Sélim el Sayegh (Professeur de droit et de science politique, directeur du Centre d’Analyse des Différends et leurs Modes de Solution, Université Paris-Saclay et Université La Sagesse) and Racha Omeyri (Docteur en Science Politique, Enseignante à l’Université Paris-Saclay et l’Université La Sagesse, Chercheure au Collège des Etudes Interdisciplinaires, Université Paris-Saclay).

Les Compétences pour le dialogue interculturel

Ce cours vise un grand public conscient de l’importance du dialogue interculturel dans le monde contemporain. Face aux défis de rupture du lien social et de conflictualité, maîtriser le dialogue devient impératif. Dans ce cours, il est expliqué en tant que communication que résolution ou transformation des conflits. Mais au-delà de la prise de conscience de ce concept, il s’agit désormais de savoir comment être et comment faire pour sa mise en œuvre. D’où la question des compétences. Cette association entre connaissance et compétences forme la singularité de cette formation. Elle permet au public universitaire ainsi qu’aux professionnels de développer leurs talents dans ce domaine. Ce cours est ouvert à tout public francophone et anglophone. Il est proposé en français avec sous-titrage en anglais. Il se décline en cinq semaines qui donneront lieu à une attestation. Chaque semaine comporte des vidéos avec des quizz ainsi qu’un forum de discussion intégré dans la plateforme.

MOOC: Memory Sites and Human Rights (Italy)

“MOOCs”MOOC: Memory Sites and Human Rights, offered by Global Campus on Human Rights, Venice, Italy, April 27-June 21, 2020. Free enrollment until May 31, 2020.

Why and how do we remember past atrocities and human rights violations? What is the role of memory sites in social reconstruction, transitional justice and democratisation? How do memory sites shape communities, societies, identities and nations? As witnesses and testimonies of abuse and horror, memory sites aspire to build reflection, teaching and learning, critical memory and non-repetition. Memory is dynamic and constantly evolving, so memory sites function as places where to look at the past to better understand and shape the present and the future of a society and its approach to human rights. As “sites of conscience” drawing on history lessons, memory sites stimulate dialogue and healing, and inspire citizens’ action. This MOOC focuses on the role of memory sites in their crucial interplay with historical trauma, the reconciliation process, the chosen methods for dealing with the past, as well as with nation building dynamics and the shaping of societal identity.

MOOC Intercultural Communication (China)

“MOOCs”Intercultural Communication MOOC, Shanghai International Studies University (SISU), Shanghai, China. Opens March 2, 2020 with free access for 7 weeks from any start date between March-July 2020.

Virtual education is especially being promoted across China or other affected areas to limit the spread of the Corona virus. To help students from anywhere connect with the world during this time, the SISU “Intercultural Communication” course is being offered again as a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course).

This introductory 5-week course (doable in about 4 hours per week) seeks to engage global learners to better appreciate, adjust to, and work or study in different cultures. The weekly topics focus on (1) comprehending intercultural communication, (2) contextualizing cultural identities, (3) comparing cultural communication styles (4) clarifying and contrasting values, and (5) cultivating intercultural adaptation.

For those who may also be interested in languages, SISU/FutureLearn are also opening 3 other introductory courses for learning Chinese at the same time: Chinese Pronunciation and Tones, Chinese Grammar, and Chinese Conversation.