The first semester curriculum consists of a foundational program at the University of Sydney, made up of four core units of study. These units are compulsory for all students and include the following:
- HRTD6901 - Human Rights Norms and Mechanisms I
- HRTD6902 - Human Rights and Democratisation Research
- HRTD6903 - Dynamics of Human Rights Violations
- HRTD6904 - Democratisation: Theory and Practice
Having completed these four units, students will undertake a one-week intensive, HRTD6905 - Human Rights and Democratisation Intensive, also at the University of Sydney. The inter-sessional intensive will provide a specific opportunity for students to engage with leading human rights experts and practitioners and take their conceptual studies in the first semester into a more practice-focussed dialogue.