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MA Human Rights - Political Science (Standard Route)
Examine the legal and political issues surrounding human rights at a top UK university.

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

Year of entry: 2018

Course description

  • You would like to study the legal and political issues surrounding human rights in a top UK institution with world class research facilities
  • You want to work with dedicated staff and an internationally diverse peer group who share a passion for advancing human rights
  • You are interested in the theoretical issues around human rights and gaining hands-on experience via a placement

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 programme and are addressed through the compulsory course units.

This 'standard route' course is designed for students for whom a taught MA will be a prelude to 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.

It will appeal particularly to those with an interest in the political and ethical issues that arise from widespread human rights violations globally. The course provides students with an advanced, critical, interdisciplinary and systematic understanding of human rights issues within a global context. It is an interdisciplinary degree which allows student's 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

IMPORTANT NOTE ON PART-TIME STUDY

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

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

Updated timetable information will be available from mid-August and you will have the opportunity to discuss your module choices during induction week with your Course Director

Coursework and assessment

Assessment is by class presentations, essays and 12-15,000 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
Governing in an Unjust World POLI60182 15 Optional
The Ethics Of Killing POLI60221 15 Optional
Human Rights Vocational Placement POLI60502 15 Optional
Global Governance POLI70422 15 Optional
Debating Justice POLI70612 15 Optional
Democracy: Theory & Practice POLI70871 15 Optional
The Arab Uprisings and Revolutionary State Formation POLI70981 15 Optional
The United Nations and International Security POLI71112 15 Optional
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Facilities

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

Dedicated area in the atrium with computer terminals

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