Theory and Practice of Human Rights

Study mode:Part-time Languages: English Duration:12 months
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The University of Essex is one of the UK's leading academic institutions, ranked ninth nationally in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).

Our interdisciplinary course, MA Theory and Practice of Human Rights, examines the history, theoretical development and implementation of human rights. It is intended if you want to work in the field but also if you are interested in the legal, political, sociological or ethical theory. It was described by Dr Simon Caney of Oxford University as the premier degree of its kind.

Beyond the practical problems of human rights lie many unresolved theoretical and philosophical issues. These form the basis of our MA Theory and Practice of Human Rights, which provides you with a solid grounding in fundamental matters of the law, politics, philosophy and sociology of human rights. It will enable you to undertake practical or legal work for human rights organisations.

A Masters course is an academically rigorous programme during which you explore your subject in depth, reaching a high level of specialist knowledge. You draw on knowledge and skills from your undergraduate study or your professional life to produce work of a high academic standard, informed by current thinking and debate.
A Masters course lasts for twelve months (full-time), starting in October, and consists of taught modules during your autumn and spring terms, and normally a research-based dissertation or other project-based work submitted in September. Your balance of modules and research varies according to the subject but, typically, your research counts for 60 credits and there are 120 credits of modules, varying from 10 to 40 credits each. (If you are from the EU, then our Masters courses are regarded as second-cycle qualifications under the Bologna Declaration and consist of 90 ECTS credits).
Please note that module information on our course finder provides a guide to course content and may be subject to review on an annual basis.

Modules
Core modules
Dissertation: Ma Theory And Practice Human Rights
Human Rights Colloquium

Core with options modules
Citizenship, International Migration And Human Rights
Sociology Of Human Rights

Optional modules
Business And Human Rights
Colonialism, Culture And Human Rights
Contemporary Issues In Human Rights And Cultural Diversity
Contemporary Theories Of Justice
Current Controversies In Criminology And Criminal Justice Policy
Dynamics Of Home And Work
European Convention On Human Rights I
European Union Law And Human Rights
Formative Debates In Criminology
Foundations Of Economic, Social And Cultural Rights
Gender, Sexuality And Feminist Theory
Human Rights And Development
Human Rights And Political Theory
International Child Law
International Human Rights: Law, Institutions And Practice
International Security Studies
International Trade, Investment And Human Rights.
Promotion And Protection Of Human Rights In Africa
Protection Minorities In International Law
Psychoanalysis Of Groups And Organisations
Psychosocial Perspectives On Human Rights
Race And Class In The United States, South Africa And Britain: Select Topics
Right Skills For Human Rights Professionals
Social Psychology
Sociology Of Human Rights
Texts And Documents
The Law Of International Peacekeeping
The Protection Of Refugees And Other Displaced Persons In Times Of Acute Crisis

Core modules must be taken and passed.
Core with options modules selected from limited lists must be taken and passed.
Compulsory modules must be taken.
Compulsory with options modules selected from limited lists must be taken.
Optional modules are selected from course specific lists.

Upper second class honours degree, or equivalent, in relevant subject area.IELTS 7.0. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 7 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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