Human rights education and social unity in multi-ethnic society

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Human rights education (HRE) has become an integral part in recent human development and has been promoted as part of general education in some countries. However, HRE has never been the focal point within the curriculum program for Bachelor of Laws (Hons) in local universities in Malaysia, except for Universiti Malaya (UM). While UM has introduced Human Rights as an elective course, other universities briefly introduce Human Rights as a component of the Public International Law course or a component of the Constitutional Law course. Perhaps this situation occurs because Human Rights courses are not considered to be part of the core courses outlined by Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA) in its Programme Standards: Law and Syariah. Although there are some elements of HRE inside the legal curriculum in local universities, the curriculum is far from substantively developed. Therefore, it is important for us to find the best teaching methods and the curriculum contents, so that the Human Rights curriculum would be more appropriately suited to the Malaysian context and eventually help to preserve the social unity. More importantly, the relation between HRE and social unity in a multi-ethnic population such as Malaysia has to be recognized and adopted in such curriculum development. Thus, this paper discusses the relationship between HRE and social unity. The analysis adopted here is purely theoretical, in the form of literature analysis. This paper demonstrates that HRE is an important instrument in the maintenance of social unity. Educating multi-ethnic students about their legal rights will help to ensure the respect of the rights of others and encourage continuing social unity within Malaysian society.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProcedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences
Pages408-414
Number of pages7
Volume18
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventKongres Pengajaran dan Pembelajaran UKM, 2010 - Tanjung Keling, Melaka, Malaysia
Duration: 13 Dec 201015 Dec 2010

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OtherKongres Pengajaran dan Pembelajaran UKM, 2010
CountryMalaysia
CityTanjung Keling, Melaka
Period13/12/1015/12/10

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Keywords

  • Human rights
  • Human rights education
  • Multi-ethnic
  • Teaching

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  • Psychology(all)

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Human rights education and social unity in multi-ethnic society. / Nordin, Rohaida; Shapiee, Rohimi; Suhor, Shamsuddin; Mohd Yusof, Ahmad Rizal; Muhamad, Mohd Munzil.

Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences. Vol. 18 2011. p. 408-414.

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Nordin, R, Shapiee, R, Suhor, S, Mohd Yusof, AR & Muhamad, MM 2011, Human rights education and social unity in multi-ethnic society. in Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences. vol. 18, pp. 408-414, Kongres Pengajaran dan Pembelajaran UKM, 2010, Tanjung Keling, Melaka, Malaysia, 13/12/10. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sbspro.2011.05.060
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