Aims and Learning Outcomes

AIMS: The purpose of the programme is to:

Provide students with a thorough understanding of human rights issues by using a multi-disciplinary approach to the application of human rights theory and practice in relation to law, sociology, social anthropology, international relations, civil society and political science.

Students will be able to articulate human rights issues from a variety of perspectives, to apply theory from different fields and disciplines, to discuss and assess the strengths and weaknesses of different perspectives and critically evaluate how different actors, agencies and stakeholders apply these perspectives.

It aims to enable students to take up careers in human rights work in civil society organisations, governments, and business.

The programme offers students opportunities to combine theory and practice through specialist field trips, placements in organisations working in human rights and discussions with practitioners and policy-makers. Students will be guided to critically reflect on how human rights in action can be explained and understood by the theory discussed in class.

Students will have the chance to write theses in areas of their own interests at one of the three partner universities. This will allow students to make use of staff specialism and the chance to pursue fieldwork by being linked to one of the four associate partners of the programme.

Lastly, the programme will prepare students for a career in human rights monitoring, campaigning or policy making, or to go on to further research.

Knowledge and Understanding

Students who successfully complete the MA will be able to:

understand and critically review the contribution of the social sciences (anthropology, law, politics and sociology) to human rights theory, practice and institutions;

understand and critically review human rights practice within the context of local, national and global civil society;

understand, critically review and apply organisational and management theories within the context of civil society;

understand, critically review and apply a range of appropriate research and project management techniques.

Cognitive Skills

Students who successfully complete the MA will be able to:

demonstrate a high level of professional responsibility for their work;

analyse and evaluate the organisation and structure of civil society organisations;

critically analyse, through the use of ‘critical incidents’, the management practice of civil society organisations;

analyse and evaluate the role and effectiveness of local, national and international human rights organisations;

demonstrate an ability to reflect on, evaluate and respond to the relationship between academic study and professional experience;

critically analyse and assess comparative data on human rights and social justice issues from around the world;

carefully formulate evidence-based judgements about a range of social and ethical issues;

use professional reflection in a systematic and evidenced-based manner;

demonstrate cultural and emotional sensitivity in their responses to issues.

Practical Skills

Students who complete the MA successfully will be able to demonstrate the following skills:

the selection and application of appropriate research methods and project management techniques;

the preparation and writing of reports for different audiences;

the development and use of case studies;

the undertaking of research projects with minimum guidance;

the development of policy proposals as possible solutions to human rights and social justice issues;

reflection on personal and career management.

Key Skills

Students who complete the MA successfully will be able to demonstrate the following skills:

organising and presenting arguments;

independently gathering, analysing and evaluating data and information;

communicating research findings and other outputs effectively;

working in a team;

managing time and understanding the impact of resource limitations.

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