A Massive Open Online Couse (MOOC) led by Middlesex School of Law academics was launched on Monday 19 September at Columbia University, New York, as part of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network Leadership Council.
Human Rights, Human wrongs: Challenging Poverty, Vulnerability and Social Exclusion is an 11-week online course led and instructed by Professor Joshua Castellino, Dean of the Business and Law School, and Dr Sarah Bradshaw, Associate Professor in Geography and Environmental Management.
“On speaking to people in the slums, I realised that I wanted to empower people to speak truth to power.” Professor Joshua Castellino.
The course explores questions and perspectives on human rights, gender, and social exclusion - examining how rights are understood and put into practice around the world, and identifying the barriers that prevent rights from becoming a reality.
“Many parts of the world are broken and we need to find solutions urgently – human rights are part of that solution,” said Professor Castellino.
Working in conjunction with Columbia University, the professors filmed an impressive 70 hours of video footage for the course, which includes pre-recorded lectures, readings, quizzes and discussion forums.
Professor Castellino, who speaks six languages and joined Middlesex in 2007, was first inspired to work in law when working as a journalist in Mumbai, India.
As part of a new optional module offered by the School of Law, all students studying for a Masters in Law will have access to the MOOC with additional offline lectures and workshops.
Students who successfully complete the course will receive a digital certificate of completion, signed by the course organisers.
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