Transition Towards Democracy and Human Rights

Welcome to our fourth free online course! You may take this course on MOOC platform Udemy:

At the end of the course, Udemy will give you a free virtual certificate which verifies that you completed the course. Also, if you wish, you may request a paid virtual certificate from the Universidad Diego Portales, signed by professor José Zalaquett, here are the steps to get it.

You may follow this course (and all our future courses) in our Youtube Channel, too (with English and Spanish subtitles). This course will be permanently free and online, with no time limit to be taken.

Total course lenght: 7 hours

Course Contents:

The Transition towards Democracy can be defined as a period of profound political change in the history of a country, when it transits from a state of political violence towards democratic peace, having to take charge of a legacy of human rights violations.

All measures of Transition towards Democracy must be guided by the following principles. First, it must aim to repair and prevent human rights violations. Second, it is essential to learn the whole truth about the past in order to give legitimacy to the measures adopted in the present. Third, the limits imposed by International Law must be respected in order to avoid two extremes: arbitrary punishments and impunity.

In this course we will review these and other Transition towards Democracy concepts, as well as the main experiences throughout the world, including the cases of Chile, Argentina and South Africa.