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Human Rights MA/PGCert/PGDip

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Personal Finance / Consumerism / Rights Legal Rights (Law) International Law

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Course Summary

This course is ideal for students who are pursuing careers as human rights defenders, preparing for training in international law, or keen to gain experience in campaigning. You will graduate with the skills you need to succeed in a highly competitive, international environment for human rights advocacy and protection. Our programme will provide you with a strong body of knowledge in human rights, which draws upon a range of disciplines in law, politics, sociology, history, and philosophy. This holistic approach to human rights will enable you to choose a specialisation and tailor your own research project according to your interests. Gain international experience in the field by taking part in our annual research study trip to learn about the promotion and protection of human rights. You will be taught by active researchers who are committed to social justice and have made ground-breaking impacts on society. The Crucible Centre for Human Rights Research is a multidisciplinary research centre conducting research on a range of contemporary human rights, migration and related issues. You will benefit from access to its range of regular workshops, seminars and have the opportunity to take part in major EU-funded projects and activities. London’s diverse international community is central to this programme which has an established network of human rights organisations to help provide you with opportunities for professional work placements for launching your career. Graduates work for human rights campaigning, advocacy, and defending within national and international government and non-governmental agencies, charities, think tanks, or in journalism and the media. In this course students will also achieve PGCert and PGDip awards in this course.

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Full time


1.5 years

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The purpose of this module is to provide students of Human Rights with an intellectually rigorous survey of inter-disciplinary voices in the study of human rights, appropriate to an M-level module. To fully understand human rights theory and practice, students must appreciate the diversity of discourses which contribute towards their development. For example, philosophers are concerned with epistemology and ontology, justification and application, questions of how it is we know we have such rights and to whom they should be applied. Ethicists debate the moral legitimacy of rights as demands and entitlements. Historians can show how such rights emerged in particular historical contexts. Lawyers can address the legal instruments, covenants and conventions which define and protect such rights. Scholars of politics and international relations can study the structures and institutions developed to enforce the protection of rights worldwide. Sociologists can look at the social and structural conditions which allow for a rights-discourse to be institutionalized, and those conditions which make possible the breakdown of such a discourse. Anthropologists draw attention to the experiences of those living within societies where rights are being violated, and the compatibility of rights-based values with different cultural models and practices. Psychologists consider the role of the emotions in the expression and pursuit of rights, and the motives, responses and coping mechanisms of those involved in human rights atrocities – as victims, perpetrators or even as bystanders. Scholars of religion and theology ask how far a commitment to human rights might be incompatible with, or on the other hand fundamentally reliant upon, one or more religious world-views. Educationalists consider strategies for promoting human rights awareness and critical debates, particularly in the formal education curriculum.

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Entry requirements

Students should usually hold a second-class honours degree (certain programmes may require a 2:1) from a recognised British or overseas university. Advice on recognition can be obtained from the Admissions Office. Non-graduates with appropriate professional qualifications will be considered on an individual basis by Programme Conveners.

University information

Located in South West London, the University of Roehampton lies across 54 acres of parkland over two campuses, a stones throw away from the hustle and bustle of the capital. The University has been consistently ranked as London’s best modern university for three years (Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015 and 2016, Guardian University Guide 2016, The Complete University Guide 2016 and 2017). Post degree programmes across the various...more

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