UCC ACE Short courses

Equality, Diversity and Rights: How to Address Discrimination and Inequality in Ireland (taught online only)

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Equality, Diversity and Rights: How to Address Discrimination and Inequality in Ireland (taught online only)

  • Code

    SC0304

  • College

    Adult Continuing Education

  • Duration

    Eight weeks, Thursdays 7-9pm, from 8 October to 26 November 2020

  • Teaching Mode

    Part-Time

  • Qualifications

    Cert of Attendance

  • Fees

    €200 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    Students must be minimum eighteen years at course commencement See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Friday 25 Sepember 2020

  • Course Delivery Method

    Online

  • Start Date

    Thursday 8 October 2020

Course Outline

This course provides an overview of the equality framework in Ireland through a human rights approach. Adopting a victim-centred and human rights participatory approach, the course will focus on the rights of minorities to equal status and freedom from discrimination. The course may be of interest to minority groups, community development workers working with minorities experiencing discrimination and allies and those with an interest in social justice more generally. Over the course of eight weeks, this course will explain the legislative and policy framework for equal status in Ireland, and will explore this in line with relevant human rights instruments such as the European Convention on Human Rights, Universal Declaration on Human Rights and International and International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Providing case study examples of experiences of discrimination in Ireland, complimenting this with practitioner expertise around real life legal challenges.

In exploring key principles and legal standards this course will provide a toolkit for those working with minority groups and will highlight lived experiences of minorities within the Irish context, discussing strategic approaches through which advocacy groups can use equality frameworks to address inequality.

The course is administered by staff from the Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights and will include guest seminars from leading equality practitioners and both national and local human rights advocates such as IHREC, PPR, FLAC and NASC. 

This course, in identifying and addressing inequalities in systems, procedures and practice, while increasing cultural awareness and lived experiences will be of value to those currently working within community development projects who are seeking greater understanding of relevant legal standards and human rights norms within their work. The course is also suitable for members of minority groups seeking to understand the standards of protection and right to equality and freedom from discrimination prescribed under both domestic and international law and human rights frameworks and how these apply in practice. Finally, the course is useful for those seeking a better understanding of the relevant equality bodies and frameworks in Ireland and to engage with these through the correct processes.

Week 1: Introduction: Equality & Discrimination in Ireland, Irish Equality Bodies and Domestic Legislation: An Overview

Week 2: International Human Rights on Equality and Non-Discrimination

Week 3: The Work of the Irish Human Rights & Equality Commission in Challenging Discrimination (IHREC).

Week 4: Challenging Discrimination in Ireland: How to Use Equality Legislation in Campaigning (PPR)

Week 5: Lived Experiences of Discrimination (TVG & CTWN)

Week 6: Supporting Minority Groups within the Equality Framework (NASC)

Week 7: Current Gaps & Areas for Reform within the Irish Equality Framework (FLAC)

Week 8: Promoting awareness of organisational and individual responsibilities in responding to inequality. Finishing Up and Final Discussion.

Course Practicalities

Assessment 

Short courses are non-assessed

Who teaches on this course

Dr Samantha Williams, Lecturer & Coordinator of the Traveller Equality & Justice Project, UCC, Dr Fiona Donson, Director, Centre for Criminal Justice & Human Rights and staff from the Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, School of Law, UCC.

 

 

Why Choose This Course

This course will be of value to those currently working within community development projects who are seeking greater understanding of relevant legal standards and human rights norms within their work. The course is also suitable for members of minority groups seeking to understand the standards of protection and right to equality and freedom from discrimination prescribed under both domestic and international law and human rights frameworks and how these apply in practice. Finally, the course is useful for those seeking better understanding of the relevant equality bodies and frameworks in Ireland and to engage with these through the correct processes.

This course adopts a victim-centred and human rights participatory approach to learning and engagement with equality frameworks and human rights law in Ireland.

Requirements

Students must be minimum eighteen years at course commencement

Fees and Costs

The fee for this course is €200.

How Do I Apply

This short course will open for booking in late August and we will post details of the registration process in the coming weeks. The closing date for applications is Friday 25 September 2020. Fees are listed in each course description. Students register and pay fees before course commencement. Course commencement is subject to sufficient enrolment and, in the event of a course not commencing, applicants will be informed and their fees will be returned.

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