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MA Human Rights - Law/Political Science Pathway (Standard Route)
Study the relationship between law, politics and modern human rights.

MA Human Rights - Law/Political Science Pathway (Standard Route) / Course details

Year of entry: 2019

Course description

The MA Human Rights course focuses on the pressing questions of human rights. Can there be space for human rights in world affairs? Who is responsible for the protection of human rights in world politics? 

These theoretical and practical concerns form the central focus of the degree and are addressed through the compulsory course units. This `standard route' course is designed for students for who are interested in careers in fields related to government and non-governmental organisations, as well as teaching, journalism or any career where advanced knowledge of human rights coupled with an advanced capacity to communicate effectively will be an advantage.

The course will appeal particularly to those with an interest in the political, legal and ethical issues that arise from widespread human rights violations globally. The course provides you with an advanced, critical, interdisciplinary and systematic understanding of human rights issues within a global context. It is an interdisciplinary degree which allows you exposure to developments in international politics, political theory, and law in order to better understand the complex global environment in which human rights claims are made.

Teaching and learning

Part-time students complete the full-time course over two years. There are no evening or weekend course units available on the part-time route.  

You must first check the schedule of the compulsory units and then select your optional units to suit your requirements.  

Updated timetable information will be available from mid-August and you will have the opportunity to discuss your unit choices during induction week with your course director.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Human Rights Law LAWS60291 30 Mandatory
Dissertation Research Design POLI60312 15 Mandatory
Human Rights in World Politics POLI70492 15 Mandatory
Dissertation POLI72000 60 Mandatory
Ethics & Genetics and Genomics CSEP60192 15 Optional
Global Health Law and Bioethics CSEP60222 15 Optional
Research Ethics CSEP60312 15 Optional
The Politics and Governance of Development MGDI60391 15 Optional
Civil Society & Public Action MGDI60521 15 Optional
Citizen-Led Development MGDI60561 15 Optional
Governing in an Unjust World POLI60182 15 Optional
The Ethics Of Killing POLI60221 15 Optional
Rhetoric in Politics POLI60242 15 Optional
Global Governance POLI70421 15 Optional
Ethics in World Politics POLI70451 15 Optional
Theories of Rights POLI70722 15 Optional
Democracy: Theory & Practice POLI70872 15 Optional
Gender, War and Peace POLI70961 15 Optional
The Arab Uprisings and Revolutionary State Formation POLI70981 15 Optional
Gender in Comparative Politics POLI71151 15 Optional
Borders, Identities, Citizenship POLI72021 15 Optional
Displaying 10 of 21 course units

Facilities

The School of Social Sciences is now based in a brand new purpose-built building which allows 24/7 access.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk