University of Essex

University of Essex

Theory and Practice of Human Rights

Our interdisciplinary course examines the history, theoretical development and implementation of human rights. It is intended for those students who want to work in the field but also for students who are interested in the legal, political, sociological or ethical theory. Beyond the practical problems of human rights lie many unresolved theoretical and philosophical issues. These form the basis of our course which provides students with a solid grounding in fundamental matters of the law, politics, philosophy and sociology of human rights. It enables our students to undertake practical or legal work for human rights organisations.

Entry requirements

Our applicants should have a 1st, 2.1 or high 2.2 degree, or equivalent, in a relevant subject. If English is not your 1st language, then we require IELTS 7.0, or equivalent.

Course modules

Core modules include: Dissertation; theory and practice human rights; human rights colloquium. Optional modules include: Acute crises and displacement; business and human rights; citizenship, international migration and human rights; colonialism, culture and human rights; comparative politics of human rights; contemporary issues in human rights and cultural diversity; contemporary theories of justice; culture and intimacy; current controversies in criminology and criminal justice policy; democracy, citizenship and constitutions; detention under international law; development, state building and terrorism; dynamics of home and work; ethics, politics and public policy; European convention on human rights 1; European union law and human rights; formative debates in criminology; foundations of economic, social and cultural rights; human rights and development; human rights and political theory; human rights for women; human rights in the Asia/pacific region; international child law; international human rights law; international protection of the rights of indigenous peoples; international security studies; international trade and human rights; promotion and protection of human rights in Africa; psychoanalysis of groups and organisations; psychosocial perspectives on human rights; race and class in the united states, south Africa and Britain; social psychology; sociology of human rights 1; sociology of human rights 2; texts and documents; the law of international peacekeeping; the protection of minorities in international law; the protection of refugees and displaced persons in international law; transitional justice.

Assessment methods

assessment methods include a combination of written coursework, end-of-term tests, practical and laboratory work (where appropriate) and end-of-year exams.

Sponsorship information

Research councils and some University of Essex studentships available.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 14,950 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,475 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 24 months
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,475 per Year 1 (Scotland) 24 months
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,475 per Year 1 (Wales) 24 months
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,475 per Year 1 (England) 24 months
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 7,475 per Year 1 (International) 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Colchester Campus Colchester CO4 3SQ South East

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Key information

Contact: 
Human Rights Educational Programme Administrator, Human Rights Centre
Telephone number: 
01206 872719