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In this course you will learn about human rights in Canada. This will include learning about your rights and responsibilities under human rights legislation and give you a basis for understanding the challenges of human rights on a global scale. We are all responsible for contributing towards a more equitable society free of harassment and discrimination. This training will help you along your journey.

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This course helped me understand what I’m seeing in the news from around the world through the lens of our human rights here in Canada. I feel I’m more empathetic and able to support those suffering under human rights violations.

Cindy Amundson, Financial Advisor

Course details

Course number: MOOC-0104
Course title: Human Rights 101
Prerequisites: None
Completion criteria:

  • Your success is based on reviewing all the content in the course and completing all self-assessment quizzes with a score of 80% or better. The quizzes do not address material covered in the optional readings (links).

Completion award:

  • Digital badge
  • Printable Statement of Completion

Registration fee: None


Everyone wishing to gain a better understanding of their human rights and human rights legislation in Canada and how our protections are not shared by all people throughout the world. You will learn how human rights area a collective, societal problem, and how to reflect, engage deeply, and cultivate a stronger voice when addressing human rights violations.

Delivery details

The online course consists of five independent study modules that enable you to proceed through the material at your own pace. Although it is recommended that you follow the lessons in consecutive order to maximize the learning, it is not a requirement.

This is no instructional or tutorial support available in this course. If you are struggling with any of the concepts, additional resources have been provided that may assist you with different perspectives on the course material. You are encouraged to investigate any of the topics in more detail.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  1. Describe the development of human rights protections.
  2. Describe human rights legislation in Canada including the functions of human rights tribunals and commissions.
  3. Explain what discrimination is, and is not.
  4. explain the duty to accommodate.
  5. Explain what constitutes harassment (including sexual harassment).

Time commitment

Approximately, 5 hours.

Completion award

  • Statement of Completion
  • Digital Badge

To register

Once registered

Note: If you are creating an account for the first time, it may take up to 24 hours before you are able to log in to BCIT to access your course.

  1. Access your online course at
  2. Login with your BCIT ID (A0…) and password.
  3. Scroll down to your My Courses listing and click on the course link.