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.