10 December is Human Rights Day but here at The Open University we'll be exploring progress made in human rights and running our own OU Human Rights Week campaign, which is taking a closer look at various aspects of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights.
Each theme is introduced by the poet, Benjamin Zephaniah, who received an Honorary Graduate from the OU in 2004 and is a keen supporter of human rights.
Appearing naked before a judge, and voting while in prison: How far should respect for human rights go?Listen now ❯Naked before the court?: The reality of human rights
Human rights now seem to take precedent over many areas of our lives, but where do these rights come from and how did they develop? This free course, Human rights and the law, looks at the impact of the European Convention on Human Rights and its influence on law in the UK and examines the Human Rights Act 1998.Learn more ❯Human rights and law
The right to seek asylum is one of the most important obligations in international law and crucial in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. The UK has a long tradition of giving refuge to those escaping persecution. OU Criminology Lecture, Dr Victoria Canning goes to Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre in Bedfordshire to explore the UK's current-day approach to those seeking asylum in the video above.
This timeline looks at the illegalisation of asylum seeking and the consequences it can have on people seeking sanctuary.Take part now ❯Timeline: The Criminalisation of Asylum
The words 'refugee' and 'asylum seeker' have a wide variety of connotations in Britain, many of them negative. This free course, Who counts as a refugee?, explores how changing social policy and terminology help to shape, and are shaped by, the experiences of people seeking asylum in the UK.Learn more ❯Who counts as a refugee?
Relevant qualifications and articles on asylum
- Module - Investigating the social world
- Today’s Immigration Laws have Teeth, and their Bite is Toxic for People Seeking Asylum
- Immigration Detention: a Tale of Two Reviews
- Immigration Detention: What’s the Problem with Privatisation?
- Violence in Britain: Behind the Wire at Immigration Removal Centres
This free course, Modern slavery, is designed to develop an understanding of the international system of human rights protection in relation to modern slavery, but also encourage an appreciation of the influence of International Human Rights Law on the development of the domestic system of human rights protection.Learn more ❯Modern slavery
Slavery did not end with abolition in the 19th century; it still continues today in every country. Take a look at this scenario and decide whether you should prosecute in this interactive quiz...Take part now ❯Modern Slavery Quiz: Would You Prosecute?
Relevant qualifications and articles on freedom of expression
- More articles from Lecturer Anne Wesemann
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Five things to know about being disabled and LGBTQ
Disabled people are often wrongly assumed not to have sexuality or interest in sex! Here, Jamie Hale reels off 5 things you need to know about being disabled and LGBTQ...Read now ❯Five things to know about being disabled and LGBTQ
Which bathroom transgender people use has become a flashpoint in a lot of educational institutions - and other public spaces are likely to follow. Alison Gash explains why it's important.Read now ❯Why do transgender students need safe bathrooms?
Only a small minority of LGBT young people learn about sexual health in the classroom, which could put them at risk.Read now ❯Why school-based sex education isn’t inclusive enough
Relevant qualifications and articles on sexual and gender identity
- All our psychology courses
- Asking whether porn causes sexual violence is the wrong question – here’s why
This free course explores controversies associated with the practice of 'veiling' within Islam. The Islamic 'veil', be it in the form of the hijab, niqab, jilbab or burqa (we shall explore this terminology in more detail later), has been at the centre of many different controversies. Many of these controversies can be understood in the context of debates about different citizenship models and different understandings of the roles, rights and demands of faith groups in society. In some instances, such controversies have resulted in legal disputes and the creation of new laws.Learn more ❯Veiling
Human Right to Development
A neighbouring state is falling into war. You're the Prime Minister - can you use your political capital to legally intervene? Should you even try?Take part now ❯Saving Setrus: To Intervene or not to Intervene
How can we prevent a country from returning to civil war? When and how should external parties intervene in serious conflicts? This album looks at the decade of violence and destruction that occurred in Sierra Leone in the 1990's. Now that peace has finally come about through the efforts of the international community, it's time to debate whether the root causes of war have been adequately addressed, and what lessons can be learned. 50% of Sierra Leoneans are under 15 and unskilled. Lack of education, poverty and unemployment are still rife and it's this lack of development that gives rise to conflict. Views from all sides are presented, including those of women, disaffected youth, members of the RUF and the new peace-keeping forces, to provide an in-depth analysis of the complexities of the aftermath of a civil war. In the academic perspective, Helen Yanocopulos, Senior Lecturer in International Politics and Development at The Open University provides insight into the educational value of the Sierra Leone case study. This material is taken from The Open University course TU875 War, intervention and development.Listen now ❯War, Intervention and Development
News and research on development
- Teacher education programme in India wins innovation award
- Top ranked research delivers real benefits for teachers
- India-UK Excellence Award for OU research partnership
- Open University research takes on 'fast fashion'
- Raising awareness of autism in Africa
- Helping Africa to thrive in a changing global economy
- Read more about OU International Development research
Human Right to Privacy
With privacy and libel cases on the increase, and the recent surge in ‘no win no fee’ law suits, is it now too easy to sue for defamation? And are our privacy laws now so restrictive that we risk extinguishing debate? Gary Slapper, Professor of Law at The Open University, and Frances Gibb, Legal Editor of The Times, discuss the need to balance individual privacy with free speech, and the ability of those in the media to express an opinion without the threat of legal action.Listen now ❯Privacy Laws and the Media
Is mass surveilance the answer to stopping all known terrorists?Read now ❯Mass surveillance will never be able to stop all known terrorists
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Let's talk about sex, intimacy and relationships...
... with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition or another disabling condition. Try our interactive video experience to explore the challenges around sex. It doesn't have to be embarrassing!Take part now ❯Let's talk about sex, intimacy and relationships...
Research on privacy
Human Right to Education
In this series of fascinating films, we visit schools around the world to discover how teachers and pupils are adapting to changes in learningWatch now ❯World Class Films: Education around the planet
How do children fit in to our society? This free course will help you to understand the issues surrounding children's rights as well as examining the implications of seeing children as citizens. You will also explore the meaning of childhood and analyse children's needs.Learn more ❯Children’s rights
This free course, Literacy, social justice and inclusive practice, explores some of the tensions and debates linked to the aim of achieving literacy for all, using specific examples. It focuses on current significant debates related to the teaching of the technical aspects of literacy to a ‘sufficient standard’ and debates related to becoming a ‘literate person’. In particular it looks at the way these debates and their implicit conceptualisations of literacy have the potential to both enhance and limit literacy engagement and learners’ participation in the world.Learn more ❯Literacy, social justice and inclusive practice