Programme Components

Requirements And Modules

Introduction

Students demonstrate an innovative approach to the problems of human rights and social justice practices in local communities and, in appropriate cases, to formulate policy recommendations. This will be the culmination of a student’s career on this programme and as such should demonstrate a clear understanding of human rights practice, culture and context. Students are located in one of the partner universities depending on topic and supervisory expertise.

The language of instruction is English. There may also be opportunities to sign up for both Swedish and Spanish courses in each host country subject to terms and conditions at each institution at the time of study.

The MA Human Rights Policy & Practice programme adheres to the regulations governing postgraduate programmes in accordance with the academic institution where the students are studying. At Master’s level this programme run’s full-time over two years. To complete the programme students are required to achieve passing grades in 240 credits (120 ECTS).

Although certificated by each university the formal graduation ceremony will take place at Roehampton University.

Year One – Autumn Term (Gothenburg)*
Human Rights as Politics Ethics and Law
Globalisation and Human Rights

Year One – Spring Term (Deusto)*
Research Methods
Ethno-cultural Diversity and Collective Dimensions in Human Rights [Study case: Indigenous Peoples’ Rights]

Year Two – Autumn Term (Roehampton)*
Human Rights: Society and Social Structure
Leading and Managing for Human Rights (Placements in NGOs based in London)

Year Two – Spring Term (Gothenburg, Roehampton, Deusto)*
Dissertation: Human Rights Policy and Practice

Compulsory and Required modules
All modules on this programme are compulsory. Required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

* Please note that the above detailed Modules, Module content and components are subject to change.

Human Rights as Politics Ethics and Law

Tutor(s): various

Description
How can human rights be interpreted from different academic perspectives? This module includes discussion and analysis of the core international human rights instruments, the central discourse and academic debate within the human rights field, and legal and political processes within the international human rights system at the global (UN) and regional levels (Council of Europe, etc.).
Students prepare legally based arguments both orally and in writing in a simulated court case with the support of human rights agreements and documents.

The module lays the foundation for the programme by introducing human rights as an interdisciplinary academic field. The legal basis in international law, on which human rights law rests, will be thoroughly examined. The module content includes discussion and analysis of the core international human rights instruments, the central discourse and academic debate within the human rights field, and legal and political processes within the international human rights system at the global (UN) and regional levels (Council of Europe, etc.).

A moot court that simulates a due process or hearing in the field of human rights will be implemented where students, both orally and in writing, prepare and implement legally based arguments in a simulated court case with the support of human rights agreements and documents. The module encourages, among other things, a critical approach to the opportunities and constraints of justice and legal thinking within the field of human rights, by reflecting the legal perspective on human rights as part of a broader interdisciplinary, problem-oriented and practice-based field.

Globalisation and Human Rights

Tutor(s): Lisbeth Segerlund

Description
The international human rights system is based on the relationship between the state and its citizens. This relationship is however challenged by a number of phenomena commonly labelled “globalization”. This module encourages critical thinking about both these challenges and the different ways the challenges can be met by human rights actors.

The module also raises the fundamental question of where responsibility for human rights can/should lie. Main components of the module include: theories of globalization, globalization and the state system, political globalization and new issues, economic globalization and new powers, human rights actors beyond the state and global communications and information systems.

Society and Social Structure

Tutor(s): Dr Darren O Byrne

Description
This module develops an understanding of the social life of rights and the social structures within which violations of rights occur. Students will learn how to apply some of the theories and research methods that constitute these understandings to selected human rights issues. They will utilise sociological reasoning in clarifying fundamental debates about the idea of human rights; combined with a variety of qualitative and quantitative sociological evidence in investigating the construction, realisation and violation of human rights. Both national and international contexts of human rights will be explored, enabling students to sociologically analyse both universal and culturally specific dimensions of human rights practices and institutions.

Leading and Managing for Human Rights (Placements in NGOs based in London)

Tutor(s): Steven Howlett

Description
Human rights work and practice is becoming increasingly more important in government (national and local) and the corporate sector. Alongside a placement in a London based non-governmental organisation (NGO), this module develops awareness and critical analysis of civil society and civil society organisations and the public and private sectors, in global, national and local contexts. Its emphasis is on a critical understanding of civil society and other organisations looking at their structure and management. Included in this is the development of analytical tools that furnish students with the ability to assess the performance and effectiveness of such organisations and human rights work within them. In so doing this module makes a significant contribution to the future careers of students in civil society organisations.The module also covers ideas of activism, its roots, motivations, and structure and explores campaigning and engagement with the private sector.

Research Methods

Tutor(s): Dolores Morondo

Description
The main focus of the MA in Human Rights Policy and Practice is on ways to work with the protection, promotion and implementation of human rights effectively in a changing global context. One of the most important components in any of those actions is the production or access to good quality knowledge and evidence regarding human rights. Therefore, this module focuses on human rights research methods both from the point of view of the different aspects and stages of research project design and management, and from the point of view of the methodologies to obtain reliable data in a variety of human rights topics. This module thus will enable students to develop research and project management skills as well as the abilities needed for obtaining and analysing the data to support evidence-based action.

Ethno-cultural Diversity and Collective Dimensions in Human Rights

Tutor(s): Dolores Morondo/Felipe G mez

Description
The module addresses issues raised in the interface of the alleged universalism of human rights principles and the relativism of cultural and ethnic diversities. As a parallel to the module Globalisation: Challenges to Human Rights, it explores the relevance to human rights issues of the fact that there exist cultural and ethnic boundaries in the world, and that such boundaries challenge the implementation of human rights. The module has a special emphasis on collective aspects of human rights and dedicates a specific part to the rights of indigenous peoples as paradigmatic study case.

Dissertation

Tutor(s): various

Prerequisite(s):
satisfactory completion of all taught modules

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