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

Year of entry: 2021

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Course description

Who is responsible for the protection of human rights in world politics? Can there be space for human rights in world affairs?

These theoretical and practical concerns form the central focus of the course and are addressed through the compulsory course units.

This 'standard route' course is designed for students that want to enter 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.

This course draws on recognised expertise and appeal particularly to those with an interest in the political and ethical issues that arise from widespread human rights violations globally. The course delivers an advanced, critical, interdisciplinary and systematic understanding of human rights issues within a global context.

This interdisciplinary degree allows you to gain 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.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment is by class presentations, essays and a 12,000 to 15,000 word dissertation.

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
Comparative Political Analysis POLI60301 15 Mandatory
Dissertation Research Design POLI60312 15 Mandatory
Ethics in World Politics POLI70451 15 Mandatory
Human Rights in World Politics POLI70492 15 Mandatory
Theories of Rights POLI70722 15 Mandatory
Dissertation POLI72000 60 Mandatory
Gender Inequality: Theory and Evidence MGDI60202 15 Optional
Governing in an Unjust World: Justice and International Relations POLI60182 15 Optional
The Ethics Of Killing POLI60221 15 Optional
Global Governance POLI70422 15 Optional
Debating Justice POLI70611 15 Optional
Gender in Comparative Politics POLI71151 15 Optional
Borders, Identities, Citizenship POLI72021 15 Optional
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Facilities

You will be supported by first-class resources, in addition to the networked study areas and access to one of the best-resourced academic libraries in the country.

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