University of Essex

University of Essex

Human Rights and Cultural Diversity

Our course is suitable for students who have a particular interest in this specialised area of study; students acquire a deeper knowledge and understanding of the central issues and debates surrounding the application and justification of human rights within a culturally complex and diverse world; these problems are legal, social, political and philosophical, and the course reflects this in its multidisciplinary approach. In contrast to the University's other human rights courses, this programme examines human rights specifically in relation to cultural diversity; graduates are well placed for careers as a journalist, a policy analyst or researcher, as an official in the United Nations system or as an activist in humanitarian and policy-making non-governmental bodies in the UK and abroad.

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: Contemporary issues in human rights and cultural diversity; dissertation; human rights colloquium; promotion and protection of human rights in Africa. Optional modules include: Acute crises and displacement; advanced social psychology; business and human rights; colonialism, culture and human rights; contemporary issues in human rights and cultural diversity; contemporary theories of justice; culture and psychology; current controversies in criminology and criminal justice policy; dynamics of home and work; European convention on human rights 1; 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; human rights for women; human rights, international relations and diplomacy; international criminal law; international human rights (law, institutions and practice); international law of armed conflict for humanitarian situations; international security studies; international trade, investment and human rights; promotion and protection of human rights in Africa; psychoanalysis of groups and organisations; psychosocial perspectives on human rights; public international law; race and class in the United States, South Africa and Britain (select topics); religion and human rights; right skills for human rights professionals; social psychology; sociology of human rights; the law of international peacekeeping; the protection of minorities and indigenous peoples in international law; the protection of refugees and displaced persons in international law; topics in the international law of armed conflict for humanitarian situations.

Assessment methods

Combination of written coursework, end-of-term tests, practical and laboratory work (where appropriate) and end-of-year exams. During the summer, students work on a dissertation or individual project included in their final grade.

Sponsorship information

Research council funding; 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 ProgrammeAdministrator, Human Rights Centre
Telephone number: 
01206 872719