The MUSE High School Human Rights program approaches the study of social justice from three perspectives: building a knowledge base of the history of human rights and contemporary local, national and international developments, creating awareness of human rights issues and concerns in the world and in our school community, and understanding the value and purpose of advocacy through service opportunities and direct action.
Students gather once per week to discuss specific topics and to explore current events, to research and process information, and to plan both individual and collaborative projects. The program is divided into two separate courses, with Human Rights A as a prerequisite for Human Rights B. Both courses can be taken more than once since the curriculum is rooted in students’ interests and passions, current events, and the organic process of developing collaborative service and cultural exchange opportunities.
Human Right A is open to all students with Human Rights B open to students more committed to and interested in service, advocacy, and activism.
The high school Human Rights A course approaches the study of social justice from three angles: building knowledge of the history of human rights, understanding the importance of advocacy and taking direct action, and creating awareness of human rights issues in our world and the school community. Students gather once per week to discuss specific topics and explore current events, to research and share information, and to plan either individual or collaborative actions. Major projects/assignments included: analyzing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, submitting photos to the “Faces” exhibit, contributing to the sustainability collage, presenting a primary source document, tracking a current event for ten days, and the “Community Awareness” Project. Assessment for this course is based on completion of all projects/assignments, participation in discussions, communication with the teacher, Google Classroom responses, and overall engagement and initiative.
The MUSE High School Human Rights B course examines human rights and social justice through direct action and advocacy. Students study historical developments and current events, connect with individuals and organizations that work for social change, lead school initiatives to spread awareness, and both develop and implement action projects. This course builds upon the foundations of Human Rights A with extra emphasis on taking action, serving communities of need, and responding to new and recent local, national, and international developments. Assessment for this course is based on completion of all projects/assignments, participation in discussions, communication with the teacher, Google Classroom responses, and overall engagement and initiative.