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Summer Human Rights Institute

Human Rights Everywhere

The AU Human Rights Summer Institute, 2010

Earn university credits at BA, MA level with weekend workshops or innovative “hybrid courses” (combining distance learning with on-campus interactive study).

For more information, call 202-885-2440.


"The practitioner viewpoints, discussions of advocacy techniques, and examination of fieldwork logistics helped me to devise an advocacy strategy that an Iraqi non-profit organization was able to adapt for their campaign against honor killings."

– LaChelle Amos

"The Institute allowed me to gain new skills from seasoned practitioners and I put those skills to work in the fall when I went overseas on a human rights documentation project."

– Patricia Minikon

"Hearing the life paths of these individuals, combined with the interactive experiences in class definitely made the Human Rights Institute one of the most valuable experiences I've had at AU."

– Leslie Miller

Read more testimonials.


Introducing the Hybrid Course

There are three types of courses offered – choose what meets your needs.

  1. Three credit “hybrid” classes which combine an intense, in-person experience with four weeks of distance learning, with the instructor providing feedback and individual attention to every class member.
  2. Each three-credit course can be taken for two credits by completing only the intensive week (no distance learning.)
  3. One-credit “bridge” courses are offered on weekends. They are in-person.

The one-credit courses act as a bridge between subjects. They are in-person.

Read the course descriptions.

Read the faculty bios.

Design Your Own Program!

Improve Your Advocacy Skills!

Start the Summer Right!

Q & A

I am traveling this summer. Can I take classes?

Yes! This Institute is designed for you. All in-person components of the courses are finished in May, and the distance learning components can be finished while traveling.

Do you have to do all the courses?

No. You choose.

Do you have to take the courses for University credit?

Most people do, but talk to the staff if you want to work out a practitioner rate.

Are the courses expensive?

They cost the same per-credit hour as any other American University class.

Can I really learn a lot in such a short time frame?

Many students report that this was the best learning experience they ever had!

When do I enroll?

Space is limited. Enroll soon to avoid disappointment.