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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Law

    Politics & Government

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time; 3 years part-time

  • Course Type

    MA

  • Course Fees

    Please visit our website for the Development and Human Rights course fee information.

  • Last Updated

    12 July 2019

The MA in Development and Human Rights blends modern insights from the fields of development studies, politics, political theory and international law. 

You will examine critical global issues facing the 21st century societies through a dynamic course that combines theoretical and applied perspectives.

Taught by leading experts, you will apply legal theory, social and political theory and specialist research tools in the analysis and comprehension of development and human rights.

Why Development and Human Rights at Swansea?

Swansea University has a respected status for the teaching of development and human rights. 

Based on our stunning Singleton Park campus, in parkland overlooking Swansea Bay on the edge of the Gower Peninsula, we have the expertise and full range of modern facilities to ensure your learning is right up to the minute.

Designed to promote individual and collaborative research activity of international standard, the Graduate Centre provides a supportive environment for postgraduate research and taught masters study. 

It offers postgraduate training to enhance academic and professional development.

Your Development and Human Rights experience

You will study a set number of 20-credit development and human rights modules before taking a 60-credit dissertation project of your choosing in the second part of the Development and Human Rights course.

The compulsory modules are: human rights law, conceptual issues of social sciences, and rights-based approaches to development. Key historical and policy concepts are also covered.

Optional modules span from the state of Africa to postcolonialism, orientalism and eurocentrism, and from gender and the social sciences to cyber governance. 

Your dissertation is written on a specialist research topic of your choice in Development and Human Rights.

Development and Human Rights employment opportunities

You will develop a robust knowledge-base around development and human rights, as well as excellent oral and professional writing skills.

Development and Human Rights graduates are well placed to enter industries including humanitarian organisations, local government, politics and the public sector.

Development and Human Rights modules

You study a number of 20-credit development and human rights modules before taking a 60-credit dissertation project of your choosing in the second part of the Development and Human Rights course.

Modules on the Development and Human Rights course include human rights law, conceptual issues of social sciences, and rights-based approaches to development.

  • International Human Rights Law
  • Conceptual Issues In the Theory and Practice of Social Sciences
  • Human rights, Humanitarian Intervention and Global Justice: Moral Problems International Politics.
  • Rights-based Approaches to Development
  • International Security in the Asia Pacific
  • Critical Security Studies: Issues and Approaches in Contemporary Security
  • Violence, Conflict and Development
  • Postcolonialism, Orientalism, Eurocentrism
  • Comparative Governance in Complex Systems
  • Analysing Politics and International Relations

How you're taught on the Development and Human Rights course

The full-time Development and Human Rights course structure is split across the year with three modules offered in each academic semester (a total of six modules in (part one) and then a dissertation over the summer (part two).

Development and Human Rights students study four compulsory modules, the research process module and one optional module. The dissertation component is written on a specialist research topic of their choosing.

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