The course will focus on what corporate human rights due diligence means in practice, including how companies can effectively address human rights dilemmas across their global operations and throughout their supply chains. Participants will explore emerging sector-specific and thematic issues on the human rights and business agenda, and assess the effectiveness of existing efforts of relevance in Norway and globally.
The course will provide participants with a deeper understanding of how human rights concerns relate to a range of industry sectors. It will also provide practical guidance for developing corporate strategies that are consistent with international human rights standards.
Course information fall 2020
- Available to masters students, professionals and individuals interested in business and human rights.
- A bachelors degree or the equivalent and a minimum of two years’ work experience is required.
- The course counts 15 credit points and will be offered in English as part-time study.
- Classes held over three weekends: 25th-27th Sept, 23rd -25th Oct, 20th-22nd Nov 2020.
- The fee will be NOK 19.000.
- Course code SAMPOL610.
Upon completion of the course, students will:
- have a deeper understanding of international human rights standards and how they apply to companies.
- be able to assess human rights risks associated with business activity and understand steps needed to prevent, mitigate, and remediate adverse impacts.
- be familiar with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and what they require from governments and corporations.
- have working knowledge of available guidance and practical tools to analyse human rights challenges relating to business and align companies’ policies and practices with international standards.
The course will be offered by the Department of Comparative Politics at the University of Bergen in co-operation with the Rafto Foundation for Human Rights and the Institute for Human Rights and Business.