The Seminar 2

The seminar is taught through several pedagogical methods, including critical analysis of readings and case studies, reflection exercises, guest speakers, student-led discussions, project rounds, and simulations. It equips students with a foundation in core human rights and conflict resolution skills, beyond those covered by any individual project. Students learn tools, strategies, and methods from both fields and also learn how to creatively combine these approaches to enhance their effectiveness.

Skills covered in the seminar include project selection, design, and strategy; choice and sequence of advocacy tactics; leadership and teamwork; fact-finding methodologies and evidence assessment; interdisciplinary research methods; interviewing; digital and physical security; writing advocacy documents; using judicial and quasi-judicial processes; advocating to the UN, government, and media; fundraising; and engaging in project evaluation.

The Seminar 1
The Seminar 3

The seminar is a space for students to examine key critiques of the human rights and peacebuilding fields, reflect on how to mitigate these critiques, and brainstorm how to engage in transformative work. Students reflect on their own identity as advocates and its implications for their work, how to engage in decolonial advocacy, and how to build sustainable and joyful careers.