Human Rights and Global Ethics - MA/Postgraduate Diploma
Duration and mode of study
Two years part-time. This course is also available on campus.
March and September each year.
Either a first- or a good second-class honours degree from a British university or its equivalent, in Politics, History, International Relations or other related subjects. For the distance learning course in particular, we also welcome applicants with relevant professional experience.
These are the total course fees.
Recent protests and social movements have advanced a range of political claims to human rights. The global economic crisis is one part of the growing range of ethical, social and political issues that cannot be resolved by states acting alone. Human rights and global ethics are therefore increasingly vital areas of study.
Over recent years the idea of human rights has become a central issue in international politics, much of which can no longer be fully understood without an understanding of the politics of human rights. The MA addresses these concerns from the perspective of their global political context.
This course provides a thorough grounding in the political and international theory of human rights and global ethics. On this course, you will be exposed to different theoretical and political perspectives on human rights. You will have the chance to study in depth the global political context of pressing ethical issues. The course combines study of the main theories and concepts related to human rights and global ethics with detailed empirical analysis of issues such as intelligence, slavery, citizenship, refugees, animal rights, security and war.
The course is designed to equip graduates with knowledge and skills relevant to employment and career development in government, media, business, NGOs and any professional context in which cross-cultural sensitivity and ethical awareness is a requirement.
- The Politics of Human Rights
Three from the following – subject to availability:
American Interventionism since the end of the Cold War
Art of Negotiation
Democracy and Legitimacy in the EU
EU Enlargement and Democratic Consolidation in Post-Communist Europe
Euroscepticism (subject to approval to be available from 2014)
Governance and Corruption
Human Rights, Ethics and War in the Post Cold War Order
Intelligence and Security
Politics of European Integration
- The Politics of Protection
Post Cold War World Order
- South African Foreign Policy
- Strategy in the Modern World
- Theories of International Relations
Teaching and assessment methods
Teaching will be based upon use of the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) “Blackboard”. This allows for a range of innovative and engaging teaching techniques to be used, such as online presentations, podcasts, interactive message boards and Wikis, as well as one to one contact through conventional channels. Modules are assessed by a traditional end of module essay and a range of online activities.