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Medium Of InstructionsMode Of LearningMode Of Delivery
EnglishSelf StudyVideo and Text Based

Course Overview

The EU and Human Rights certification course by edX discusses the EU’s potential to impact human rights, not just for its citizens, but also for people everywhere. Both positive and negative impacts have been discussed. You will also learn about the businesses, NGOs, or other international organisations (UN, Council of Europe, etc.) that the EU could engage with to promote human rights all over the world.

The EU and Human Rights certification syllabus will cover the policy sectors impacted by the EU. These sectors include development, social policy, migration, trade, and international crisis management. The objective is to help you understand how the EU, by itself, or in partnership with other local or global, state or non-state bodies, can uphold, protect, and promote human rights globally.

The EU and Human Rights programme, developed by KU Leuven, contains interviews with experts and exercises to test what you have learned. The instructors are all leading academics from renowned institutions all over the world. If you study four to six hours a week, you can comfortably complete the human rights course within seven weeks. By enrolling in any one of the tracks namely verified or the audit track, the students may learn the programme. During the audit track, learning is free for a limited time period whereas during the verified track learning is unlimited but paid.

The Highlights

  • Seven-week course
  • KU Leuven programme
  • Interviews and Exercises
  • Self-paced learning course
  • Study four to six hours weekly
  • Access learning materials for free
  • Introductory Humanities programme
  • Add or post certificate directly on LinkedIn
  • Completion certificate available for purchase

Programme Offerings

  • KU Leuven programme
  • Online Course
  • No prerequisites
  • video lectures
  • Completion certificate (paid)
  • Access learning materials for free
  • English Transcripts
  • Seven-week course
  • Interviews
  • Self-paced learning course
  • Exercises

Courses and Certificate Fees

Fees InformationsCertificate AvailabilityCertificate Providing Authority
INR 4074yesKU Leuven, Leuven
  • Free access to all the learning material is available.
  • However, The EU and Human Rights certification fee is a paid (and optional) feature.

The EU and Human Rights programme fee structure


Fees in INR

The EU and Human Rights programme


Certification Fee

Rs. 4,074 

Eligibility Criteria

The EU and Human Rights course have no prerequisites. But if you already have some information about human rights and the EU, you can follow the lectures and the readings better.

 Certification Qualification Details

The EU and Human Rights certification by edX is offered to the candidates who want to complete the full course with all the materials, and have also paid the full programme fees at the time of registration.

What you will learn

Knowledge of law

After completing The EU and Human Rights training, learners should know:

  • What the EU does
  • How the EU works
  • EU External Relations
  • How the EU impacts human rights
  • EU human rights policy evaluation
  • How the EU can do better to protect and promote human rights
  • EU policies
  • EU fundamental rights policies

Who it is for

The EU and Human Rights certification course will be best for people who are human rights lawyers.

Admission Details

Step 1: Use this link to open The EU and Human Rights classes page, where you can find more details about the programme and apply: 

Step 2: Once you have all the information you need, click on the ‘Enroll’ button to register.

Step 3: You can register through an existing Google/Microsoft/Apple/Facebook account, or enter your information to create a new account.

Step 4: You can start learning once you are done with the email verification process.

Application Details

You must enter your email address, full name, and country/region of residence while signing up for an edX account. You will also have to create a public username and password. Besides that, you do not have to enter any information or fill out an application/enrolment/admittance form.

The Syllabus

  • Welcome!
  • Introduction to edX

  • Introduction
  • Lesson 1: Factors and Challenges (10 Questions)
  • This module's assignment (1 Question)

  • Lesson 1: Underlying conceptions of human rights, rule of law and democracy (10 Questions)
  • Lesson 2: Coherence among institutions and member states (10 Questions)
  • This module's assignment (1 Question)

  • Lesson 1: EU fundamental rights - the basics (10 Questions)
  • Lesson 2: On the area of freedom, security and justice in general, and border controls, migration, and asylum policy in particular (10 Questions)
  • This module's assignment (1 Question)

  • Lesson 1: EU dedicated human rights and democratisation policies (8 Questions)
  • Lesson 2: Trade and development (10 Questions)
  • Lesson 3: Human rights violations in conflicts (10 Questions)

  • Lesson 1: Institutions and instruments (10 Questions)
  • Lesson 2: Engagement with the UN/regional multilateral organizations (10 Questions)
  • Lesson 3: Regional partnerships and bilateral cooperation (10 Questions)
  • Lesson 4: Engagement with private actors, tncs, and civil society (10 Questions)

  • Lesson 1: Policy toolbox (10 Questions)
  • Lesson 2: Human rights indicators (10 Questions)
  • Lesson 3: EU and human rights - the way forward
  • This module's assignment (1 Question)


KU Leuven, Leuven Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

1: Which institute is offering this course?

KU Leuven is offering this course in partnership with the Association of Human Rights Institutes (AHRI) and Kiron Open Higher Education.

2: Do I have to complete the The EU and Human Rights online course modules sequentially?

You can if you want to. But it is a self-paced course, so you don’t have to follow any particular sequence. 

3: How will the candidates prhoress through the course?

The candidates will start progressing at their very own speed as this programme is 100% self-paced.

4: Is this a Humanities program?

Yes, this is an intermediate-level program in Humanities.

5: What happens in the last week of the program?

The seventh and final week of the program is for revision, and asking and answering questions.

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