Resources for Teaching Human Rights

Resources for Teaching Human Rights

The Center for Human Rights has compiled the following sites to further guide educators in developing human rights lessons and locating valuable human rights documentation and research resources.

Choices Program at Brown University
The Choices for the 21st Century Education Program is a national education initiative developed at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies. The Choices Program provides teaching resources on historical and current international issues, offers professional development for classroom teachers, and sponsors programs that engage students beyond the classroom. Their curricula includes a human rights program including readings, case studies, and primary sources, to help students examine the evolving role that human rights has played in international politics and explore the current debate on U.S. human rights policy; as well as curricula on Confronting Genocide: Never Again?, the United Nations, the League of Nations Debate, Hiroshima Immigration, and other programs pertinent to human rights.

Facing History and Ourselves
For more than 30 years, Facing History and Ourselves has believed that education is the key to combating bigotry and nurturing democracy. The organization works with educators throughout their careers to improve their effectiveness in the classroom, as well as their students' academic performance and civic learning. Through a rigorous investigation of the events that led to the Holocaust, as well as other recent examples of genocide and mass violence, students in a Facing History class learn to combat prejudice with compassion, indifference with participation, and myth and misinformation with knowledge. 

Human Rights Education Associates
Human Rights Education Associates is an international non-governmental organization that supports human rights learning; the training of activists and professionals; the development of educational materials and programming; and community-building through online technologies. HREA is dedicated to quality education and training to promote understanding, attitudes and actions to protect human rights, and to foster the development of peaceable, free and just communities.

Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights/Partners in Human Rights Education
The Advocates has a long history of educating about human rights and providing people with the skills they need to advocate for them. The Advocates develops and distributes curricular resources, publications, and reports; conducts presentations, lectures and film series', conferences, CLE and CEU sessions, and public forums; and provides numerous free resources through our website. The organization educates on topics such as immigration, post- 9/11 human rights violations, asylum, the death penalty, child labor, women’s human rights, transitional justice, conflict resolution, and peacemaking. 

UC Berkeley Compilation of Syllabi
This online collection of human rights syllabi is designed for use by university or college instructors in human rights courses being taught in institutions of higher education. Most syllabi have come from institutions located in the U.S.; a few are located in other countries. Faculty at institutions of higher education are frequently engaged in human rights activities outside the walls of the academy. For those seeking pedagogical support in bridging the gap between activism and academia, between the practice and the teaching of human rights, the syllabi intend to facilitate the process.

University of Chicago Human Rights Program Curriculum Development Project
University of Chicago faculty have developed an array of courses which approach human rights from a variety of disciplinary, regional, and thematic perspectives. The Human Rights Program courses reflect its interdisciplinary nature and are taught by faculty from Anthropology, History, Philosophy, and Political Science, as well as the Divinity, Law and Medical Schools and the School of Social Service Administration. 

University of Minnesota Human Rights Center
The Human Rights Resource Center is an integral part of the University of Minnesota and works in partnership with the University of Minnesota Human Rights Library to create and distribute a wide array of human rights education resources via electronic and print media and train activists, professionals, and students as human rights educators.

Youth for Human Rights Package for Educators
The Youth for Human Rights Education Package is designed for elementary, middle and high school students. It may be used as a full course or as a supplemental resource within another curriculum. The aim is to engage students in human rights topics and provide opportunities to put human rights principles into action and use.