The HRC Resource Catalog

Welcome to the HRC Resource Catalog

The Resource Catalog contains a variety of curated resources, including news articles, documents, and lecture excerpts on various human rights topics. This interdisciplinary resource hub aims to support faculty members and students by providing academic materials on human rights topics to supplement their courses and learning beyond their own areas of expertise. 

Using the HRC Resource Catalog

The Resource Catalog is open and available to anyone via Canvas Catalog. Explore the table below to find your desired resource!

Topic Resource Title Key WordsDescription Type Source Link
Academic Freedom Understanding Academic Freedom: What Is Academic Freedom?Academic freedom, Law, Legal framework, University, Education, Expression, Rights, Freedom of Speech, International treatyA video excerpt from a discussion panel on academic freedom and the law focusing on understanding academic freedom, particularly from a legal perspective. Video clip Academic Freedom and the Law: Panel Discussion Click to watch
Academic Freedom The Different Conceptualizations of Academic FreedomAcademic freedom, Law, Conceptualization, Definition, Debate, Public good, Rights, Freedom of Speech, Scholars at Risk, The State, University, Student, FacultyA video excerpt from a discussion panel on academic freedom and the law explaining the different conceptualizations and definitions of academic freedom in relation to different cultures. Video clip Academic Freedom and the Law: Panel Discussion Click to watch
Academic Freedom The Moral and Legal Dimensions of Academic FreedomAcademic freedom, Morality, Legality, Discrimination, Education, Human rights, University, Diversity, Ideology, Censorship, Solidarity, Social movementA video excerpt from a discussion panel on academic freedom and the law focusing on the moral and legal dimensions of academic freedom, with mention of discrimination in the academic sphere.Video clip Academic Freedom and the Law: Panel Discussion Click to watch
Academic FreedomAdvice for Students on Advocating, Improving, and Protecting Academic FreedomAcademic freedom, Advocacy, Solidarity, Higher education, Student, University, Democracy, Human rights, Legal protection, Social media A video excerpt from a discussion panel on academic freedom and the law highlighting how young students can advocate for and protect academic freedom using legal mechanisms or advocacy tools.Video clip Academic Freedom and the Law: Panel Discussion Click to watch
Academic Freedom and Human RightsAn Overview of Higher Education in BelarusAcademic freedom, Belarus, University, Students, ResearchA video excerpt from Alena Buinskaya's talk outlining the structure of higher education in Belarus.Video clipAcademic Freedom in Belarus by Alena BuinskayaClick to watch
Academic Freedom and Human RightsThe State of Academic Freedom in Belarus TodayAcademic freedom, Belarus, Government control, Discrimination, CensorshipA video excerpt from Alena Buinskaya's talk discussing the extent to which the Belarusian state influences higher education.Video clipAcademic Freedom in Belarus by Alena BuinskayaClick to watch
Academic Freedom and Human Rights2020 Pro-Democracy Protests and the Aftermath in BelarusAcademic freedom, Belarus, Elections, Protests, Lukashenko, Police brutality A video excerpt from Alena Buinskaya's talk describing the events of the 2020 re-election of Lukashenko and the ensuing protests following concerns over the legitimacy of the election.Video clipAcademic Freedom in Belarus by Alena BuinskayaClick to watch
Academic Freedom and Human RightsCrackdowns on Belarusian Students and Faculty since 2020Academic freedom, Belarus, Repression, Criminal lawsuits, Detentions, PoliceA video excerpt from Alena Buinskaya's talk analyzing the repression, detention, and lawsuits students and faculty face following the 2020 protests.Video clipAcademic Freedom in Belarus by Alena BuinskayaClick to watch
Academic FreedomBalancing Academic Freedom with other Core Values of Higher EducationAcademic freedom, Higher education, Values, Accountability, Institutional autonomy, Social responsibility, Equitable accessA short video introducing and explaining the meaning of the five core higher education values, including academic freedom. Video clip Balancing Academic Freedom with other Core Values of Higher EducationClick to watch
Academic Freedom The Two Views on Academic FreedomAcademic freedom, Views, Traditional, Socially engaged, University, International standards, Higher education values, Social responsibility, Academic conduct, Expression A short video by the SAR network explaining and comparing the two views on academic freedom - the traditional and socially engaged models of academic freedom. Video clip Two Views on Academic Freedom - Traditional vs Socially Engaged ModelsClick to watch
Academic Freedom The 2020 UN Report on Academic FreedomAcademic freedom, Rights, Freedom of opinion and expression, Democracy, Academics, Academic institutions, Harassment, Repression, Human rights, Future, Research, Restriction, Law A 23 page report focusing on the relation between academic freedom and democracy. It includes an executive summary, a table of contents, and recommendations for the future. Document 2020 United Nations Report on Academic FreedomClick to read
Activating AdvocacyA Guide for Meeting With Your Government RepresentativesAdvocacy, Guide, Tips, Government, Politics, Human rights, Social justice A handout containing a step-by-step guide and tips for meeting with your government representative—more specifically, your MP.DocumentDon Wright (Amnesty International) for the HRC's Human Rights Advocacy 101 WorkshopClick to read
Activating Advocacy Tips on Calling Your Government RepresentativesAdvocacy, Tips, Government, Politics, Human rights, Calling, Social justice, Phone bankingA handout containing tips for calling your government representative.DocumentCalling your MP (Citizens for Public Justice - cpj.ca)Click to read
Activating AdvocacyA Step-by-Step Guide to Letter WritingAdvocacy, Guide, Tips, Government, Politics, Human rights, Social justice, Letter-writing A handout containing a step-by-step guide and tips on letter writing to demand change from your government representatives. It includes a sample letter for your reference.DocumentDon Wright (Amnesty International) for the HRC’s Human Rights Advocacy 101 Workshop and Write for Rights (Amnesty International)Click to read
Creative Arts and Human Rights Introduction to SemioticsSemiotics, Content, Analysis, Image capture, ImpactA video excerpt from a talk on image use and its implications focusing on introducing semiotics when it comes to image analysis.Video clipThrough the Lens by Dr. Jenny PetersonClick to watch
Creative Arts and Human RightsLayer in Context: Content AnalysisContent analysis, Image, Symbols, Format, Emotion, MessageA video excerpt from a talk on image use and its implications focusing on the content analysis of images. Video clipThrough the Lens by Dr. Jenny PetersonClick to watch
Creative Arts and Human RightsApplying Ethical PrinciplesImage use, Ethics, Ethical principles, Codes of conduct, Bond Report, Do No Harm, Cultural sensitivityA video excerpt from a talk on image use and its implications focusing on the core ethical principles and key considerations of image use. Video clipThrough the Lens by Dr. Jenny PetersonClick to watch
Creative Arts and Human Rights How Does Film Perpetuate Harmful Human Rights Stereotypes?Creative Arts, Film, Portrayal, Human rights, Stereotypes, Analysis UBC Professor David Brown provides his thoughts on the relationship between film and the presence of human rights stereotypes. Video clip (De)humanizing: Video lecture Click to watch
Creative Arts and Human RightsHow Has Film Been Used for Human Rights Advocacy?Creative Arts, Film, Cinema, Human Rights, Advocacy, Analysis, BrazilUBC Professor Alessandra Santos discusses examples of human rights advocacy in Brazilian cinema.Video clip (De)humanizing: Video lectureClick to watch
Critical Hope Hope Informs Actions and Emerges Collectively Critical Hope, Collective, Action, Reconciliation, Grief, Vulnerability, Environmental advocacy, City council, Future, Activism, Power, Capitalism, Testimonial A video excerpt from a discussion panel on critical hope explaining how hope emerges from a collective desire for a better future, so that when hope narrows, the possibility of a better future narrows. Video clip Critical Hope in the public sphere: Panel discussion Click to watch
Critical Hope Hope ≠ Naiveté: How We Hope Reflects Our Past Lived Experiences Critical Hope, Past experiences, Scholars at Risk, Civil war, Social progress, Democracy, Capitalism, Liberalism, Inequality, Naiveté, South SudanA video excerpt from a discussion panel on critical hope highlighting how the way we hope is a result of our past lived experiences; therefore, hope does not equal naiveté.Video clip Critical Hope in the public sphere: Panel discussion Click to watch
Critical Hope The Intersection between Anger and Hope Gives Way to Critical Hope Critical hope, Principles of critical hope, History, Power, Feminism, Emotion, Anger, Scholars, Activists A video excerpt from a discussion panel on critical hope explaining that the intersection between hope and anger gives birth to critical hope and listing the principles of critical hope. Video clip Critical Hope in the public sphere: Panel discussion Click to watch
Critical Hope Regaining Critical Hope despite Oppressive ForcesCritical hope, Direction, Oppression, Loss, Imprisonment, Right, Violation, Political prisoner, Testimonial, South SudanA video excerpt from a discussion panel on critical hope arguing that after people lose hope, they can regain critical hope, which has a better sense of direction.Video clip Critical Hope in the public sphere: Panel discussion Click to watch
Data Visualization and Human RightsThe Importance of Data Visualization for Human RightsData visualization, Human rights, Data analysis, Data justice, Disaggregation, ColombiaA brief handout outlining the importance of data visualization and analysis for human rights work.DocumentThe HRC's Getting Started with Data Visualization for Human Rights WorkshopClick to read
Data Visualization and Human RightsData Visualization and Human Rights: Important Questions and ConsiderationsData visualization, Human rights, Representation, Gender, Sex, Race, Ethics, Incarceration, COVID-19, Colonial structures, Indigenous A sample document containing an analysis of a few basic data visualizations from a human rights perspective, based on key questions outlined in Dr. Ola's workshop presentation.DocumentDr. Kemi Ola for the HRC's Getting Started with Data Visualization for Human Rights WorkshopClick to read
Data Visualization and Human RightsData Visualization and Human Rights: Potential HazardsData visualization, Human rights, Axis manipulation, Truncation, Non-linearity, Colour, DistortionA handout outlining potential data visualization hazards and their impact on various narratives and perspectives.DocumentDr. Kemi Ola for the HRC's Getting Started with Data Visualization for Human Rights WorkshopClick to read
Data Visualization and Human RightsResource List for Data Visualization and Human RightsData visualization, Human rights, Graphs, Databases, Videos, Academic articles A resource list with links to applications, videos, databases, and documents for students and staff interested in creating their own visualizations or learning more about human rights issues represented in data.DocumentDr. Kemi Ola for the HRC's Getting Started with Data Visualization for Human Rights WorkshopClick to read
Human Rights and RegimesWritten guide to the OHCHR DatabaseGuide, OHCHR, Database, UN, Treaty, Charter, Report, Review, Ratification statusAudrea Wang provides an informative explanation of the OHCHR and how to navigate the site to find up-to-date documents and decisions. Document Audrea Wang and OHCHR websiteClick to read
Human Rights and RegimesStep-by-step video guide to the OHCHR DatabaseGuide, OHCR, Database, UN, Information, Research, Skills Audrea Wang narrates a step-by-step guide to navigating the OHCHR database.Video clip Audrea Wang and OHCHR websiteClick to watch
Human Rights and the EnvironmentThe Traditional Human Rights Catalog and the Environment Environment, Nature, Sustainability, Threats, Biodiversity, Right to life, Right to health, Ecosystem, Emissions, Energy transitionA video segment by Dr. Boyd outlining the three broad categories spurring change in international environmental policy.Video clip Human Rights and the Environment: Are Human Rights only about Humans? by Dr. David R. BoydClick to watch
Human Rights and the EnvironmentThe Right to Live in a Healthy and Sustainable EnvironmentEnvironment, Right to a healthy environment, Stockholm declaration, Legal recognition, Prevention, Precaution, Equality, Non-discriminationDr. Boyd outlines the importance of the second category and discusses past domestic and international initiatives to implement this principle.Video clip Human Rights and the Environment: Are Human Rights only about Humans? by Dr. David R. BoydClick to watch
Human Rights and the EnvironmentThe Recognition of the Rights of Nature Environment, Rights of nature, Property, Law, Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia, New Zealand, ReconciliationDr. Boyd shares his thoughts on the final emerging category recognizing the rights of nature before providing a brief summary of his presentation.Video clip Human Rights and the Environment: Are Human Rights only about Humans? by Dr. David R. BoydClick to watch
Media Monitoring Understanding Media Monitoring: What is Media Monitoring?Media monitoring, Intelligence, Information cycle, Surveillance, Knowledge, Data, NewsA short presentation slide deck containing key information on media monitoring, including a description of media monitoring, the information cycle, and a guide on getting intelligence. PPT slidesORICE Briefing Presentation: What is media monitoring? Click to view
Media Monitoring Media Monitoring in Human Rights WorkMedia monitoring, Information scanning, Media reports, Human rights work, NGO, Legal proceedings, Accountability, "Bearing witness," Abuse, Truth A video excerpt from a talk by Dr. Jenny Peterson on why media monitoring is so important in human rights work, including why NGOs opt to rigorously invest time into media monitoring. Video clip Media Monitoring: A Brief Introduction: Panel lecture by Dr. Jenny Peterson Click to watch
Media Monitoring A Guide to Searching on Factiva and Nexis UniMedia monitoring, Research, Information scanning, Online searching, Research platforms, Factiva, Nexis UniA video excerpt from a media monitoring guide by Joe Melanson on searching for information on different research platforms, such as Factiva and Nexis Uni.Video clip Media Monitoring: Training by Joe Melanson UBC LibrarianClick to watch
Media Monitoring A Guide to General Web SearchingMedia monitoring, Research, Information scanning, Online searching, General web, Key wordsA video excerpt from a media monitoring guide by Joe Melanson on tips and tricks to searching for information on the general web.Video clip Media Monitoring: Training by Joe Melanson UBC LibrarianClick to watch
Media Monitoring How Can Students Best Use Media for Human Rights Advocacy?Media, Social media, Advocacy, StudentsA video excerpt from a panel discussion featuring UBC Professors Dr. Klein and Dr. Le Billon on the role of media and student advocacy in human rights work.Video clip The Role of Media: Panel discussion with Prof. Klein and Prof. Le BillonClick to watch
Media Monitoring What Journalistic and Academic Principles Address the Concept of “Do No Harm”?Do No Harm, Journalism, Journalists, Academia, Academics, Ethics, Principles, Legal privilegesDr. Klein and Dr. Le Billon discuss how academics and journalists approach the principle of "Do No Harm" and its ramifications for student advocacy.Video clip The Role of Media: Panel discussion with Prof. Klein and Prof. Le BillonClick to watch
Media Monitoring Where and What are the Intersections Between Journalism and Academia?Journalism, Academia, Media, Reporting, Collaboration, Students,The panelists share their thoughts on the areas of overlap and divergence between journalism and academia. How should student activists approach these areas in the context of human rights advocacy? Video clip The Role of Media: Panel discussion with Prof. Klein and Prof. Le BillonClick to watch
Policy Analysis A General Guide to Policy Analysis Policy analysis, Guide, Government, Global, Issue, Problem, Structuring, Assessing, Writing A handout containing a general guide to policy analysis; focusing on defining the problem, assessing risks, building alternatives, and presenting findings. Document
Dr. Grace Jaramillo for the HRC's Policy Analysis Workshop Click to view
Policy Analysis A Guide and Activity on Problem Structuring Policy analysis, Guide, Activity, Global, Issue, Problem, Structuring, Assessing, WritingAn instructive activity guiding the student through the process of defining and structuring a problem or issue.DocumentDr. Grace Jaramillo for the HRC's Policy Analysis Workshop Click to view
Policy Analysis A Guide and Activity on Theory of Change Policy analysis, Guide, Activity, Issue, Problem, Solution, Pathways, Theory of Change, Policy alternatives, TemplateAn instructive activity guiding the student through the Theory of Change technique. This activity will help the student clarify their priorities by defining their goals and possible pathways. DocumentDr. Grace Jaramillo for the HRC's Policy Analysis Workshop Click to view
Policy Analysis A General Guide to Policy Writing Policy analysis, Guide, Tips, Policy alternatives, Policy brief, Policy issue paper, Policy memoA handout containing a general guide to presenting policy alternatives; including tips and recommendations on policy writing.DocumentDr. Grace Jaramillo for the HRC's Policy Analysis Workshop Click to view
Scholars at Risk Introducing the Scholars at Risk OrganizationAcademic freedom, Scholars at Risk, Organization, Work, Functions, Aid, Violation, Testimonial, Education A short video by the Scholars at Risk organization introducing its functions and work, as well as introducing some of the at-risk scholars it has aided. Video clip Introducing Scholars at RiskClick to watch
Scholars at Risk The 2021 Free to Think Annual Report by Scholars at Risk Academic freedom, Scholars at Risk, Higher education communities, International reporting, Attack, Development, Vulnerability, Awareness, Accountability A 100+ page report by the Scholars at Risk organization detailing its recent work and findings. It includes an executive summary and table of contents. Document Scholars at Risk: Free to Think Annual Report 2021Click to read
Scholars at Risk Free to Think podcast Academic freedom, Free to Think, Scholars at Risk, International, Attack, Rights, Violation, Power, Idea, Expression, Testimony A list of 30+ episodes of the "Free to Think" podcast, each focusing on a specific area or case study regarding academic freedom around the world. Podcast SAR's Free to Think Podcast Click to listen
Scholars at Risk Recent Incidents Concerning Academic Freedom Monitored by SARAcademic freedom, Scholars at Risk, News, Recent, Incident, Violation, Abuse, Imprisonment, Prosecution, Execution This Scholars at Risk website page provides details on current academic freedom statistics, including the prosecution and imprisonment of academics worldwide, as well as case studies. News article Recent SAR media monitoring incidents/reports Click to view
Systems Thinking Introducing and Defining “Systems Thinking”Systems thinking, Definition, Knowledge, Organizing, Interacting parts, Conceptualization A short video introducing and defining the concept of "systems thinking."Video clip Introduction to systems thinking: Video lecture Click to watch
Systems Thinking Introducing the “Systems Iceberg”Systems thinking, Systems iceberg, Organizing, Interacting parts, Conceptualization A short video introducing and explaining the concept of "systems iceberg."Video clip Introduction to systems thinking: Video lecture Click to watch
Systems Thinking Explaining the Causal Loop Diagram Systems thinking, Causal loop diagram, Organizing, Interacting parts, Conceptualization A short video illustrating and explaining a causal loop diagram. Video clip Introduction to systems thinking: Video lecture Click to watch
Trauma and Advocacy Correlating Human Rights Work to Mental Health ConcernsTrauma, Advocacy, Human rights work, Mental health, Stress, Correlation, Effect, Exposure, Study, Human rights defenders A video excerpt from a talk on vicarious trauma and resilient advocacy outlining the presumed correlation between mental health concerns and exposure to trauma as a part of human rights work. Video clip Human Rights Training by Dr. Brown: Vicarious Trauma and Resilient Advocacy Click to watch
Trauma and Advocacy Findings on the Study of Human Rights Defenders and Their Mental HealthTrauma, Advocacy, Human rights work, Mental health, Key findings, Human rights defenders A video excerpt from a talk on vicarious trauma and resilient advocacy explaining the key findings of a study on human rights defenders and their mental health. Video clip Human rights training by Dr. Brown: Vicarious trauma and resilient advocacy Click to watch
Trauma and Advocacy Presenting Organizational Strategies to Support WellbeingTrauma, Advocacy, Human rights work, Mental health, Organization, Strategies, Human rights defenders, Support, Wellbeing A video excerpt from a talk on vicarious trauma and resilient advocacy highlighting different strategies that organizations can use to build a greater capacity to support workers' wellbeing. Video clip Human rights training by Dr. Brown: Vicarious trauma and resilient advocacy Click to watch