The Social Studies Curriculum naturally lends itself to the study of human rights; social inequalities and their causes such as xenophobia, poverty, ethnic and religious discrimination, and the social structures that either perpetuate or resolve these injustices are part of the fabric of the curriculum. An examination of the functions and responsibilities of the police, trade unions, educational institutions, media, and business can be included in the study of Human Rights as well. How societies deal with dissent and conflict can be especially useful in looking at civil liberties such as freedom of expression, freedom of movement, freedom of association, and freedom of assembly. Focusing on major events is another way to integrate the study of human rights; war, slavery, colonialism, and Nazism, all can be studied with special attention to their violation of human rights.
More recent history, such as apartheid in South Africa, First Nations treaty rights in Canada, genocide in Rwanda, human trafficking, child pornography, the war in Darfur, all provide plenty of latitude for teaching about human rights.