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Full time | Birkbeck, University of London | 1 year | OCT

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

OCT

Key information
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Qualification type

LLM - Master of Laws

Subject areas

Legal Rights (Law)

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Political, social and economic challenges are frequently articulated through the language of human rights. Is the rise of human rights discourse an emblem of hope and a political horizon, mobilising resistance to human need and suffering? Or do human rights claims deflect more radical political demands and block real transformation? Can the manifold crises of contemporary life be made more intelligible through the frame of human rights?

These are just some of the questions taken up in this degree. We are proud to offer this exciting and innovative Master’s degree, leading to the award of an LLM or MA Human Rights. Students who complete the programme can choose which award they receive (the content is the same for each). The distinctive focus of the programme is on theoretically informed and multidisciplinary approaches to human rights. It aims to expose you to a critical and contextual engagement with the subject. You will study human rights in their legal, political, sociological, anthropological and philosophical contexts.

You will be introduced to a wide variety of approaches to research across a range of disciplines, and to the theoretical frameworks for advanced legal scholarship. You will also take option modules, choosing from a wide range of subjects in the area of human rights.

This programme is particularly attractive to legal professionals, and to non-lawyers who work, or would like to work, in the field of human rights, allowing them to reflect critically on their role as human rights activists and practitioners.

CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY

Graduates can pursue careers in the legal profession, government and the public sector, and research or journalism. Possible professions include human rights lawyer, barrister, or human resources officer. This degree may also be useful in becoming a researcher, journalist, or trading standards officer.

Modules

This course aims to examine the contemporary significance of human rights and to study the historical, political and social reasons, which have turned human rights into such a powerful discourse even though it is often honoured in its breach. It will attempt to combine a theoretical and historical approach to the study of human rights with a more direct, practical and campaigning attitude. The introductory first part will examine the concepts and philosophies of human rights in the context of challenges to traditional international law in the last two or three decades. The liberal or humanitarian theory of rights will be examined from non-liberal standpoints, grouped under the term liberationist perspectives.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)

£11,580

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

For this course (per year)

£17,700

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree (2:2) or above in law, the humanities or social sciences; other subjects will be considered. Applications are reviewed on their individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. Your personal statement as to why you want to take the programme, and your academic and/or professional references will also be important. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.

University information

Based in the heart of London, Birkbeck has established a reputation for providing its postgraduate students with an engaging, exciting learning experience, and positive feedback from its community of professional alumni is testimony to the university’s continued success. With a history that dates back almost 200 years, Birkbeck, University of London offers a unique learning experience which delivers a competitive program of nearly 300...more

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