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Human rights and international conflicts confront us with the most urgent moral and political issues of our time. This course explains and explores these issues, addressing hard questions by drawing on diverse theoretical approaches and practical experiences. Taught by published experts in human rights, peace and conflict studies, international relations, politics, history, philosophy and women’s studies, the master’s degree will equip you with the kind of understanding necessary to work for peace, justice and human rights in the real world.

More about this course

The Human Rights and International Conflict MA explores the relation of states and their international organisations to the idea and practice of human rights. You’ll gain a strong grasp of the moral, ethical, political and legal issues at stake in international relations and conflicts, including the current conflict between Islamism and the international community of states.

You’ll confront the issue of how to reconcile theoretical unconditional rights with a consequentialist ethic of political responsibility and security. You’ll also explore particular interests, problems and conflicts that demand judgement and action.

The master’s degree will provide both a solid academic grounding in human rights and international relations, and offers a wide choice of optional modules. You’ll be trained in research methodology before completing a 12-15,000 word dissertation dealing with a subject of your choice.

Assessment

Assessment is largely by coursework. Core modules also involve two assessed presentations and two unseen examinations. One-third of the assessment is by dissertation.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2018/19 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • History and Theory of Human Rights (core, 20 credits)
  • Human Rights and International Conflict Dissertation (core, 60 credits)
  • Human Rights and the International Order (core, 20 credits)
  • International Conflict Resolution (core, 20 credits)
  • American Foreign Policy in the 21st Century (option, 20 credits)
  • Citizenship and Social Justice (option, 20 credits)
  • Human Security (option, 20 credits)
  • International Law and International Order (option, 20 credits)
  • Religion and International Relations (option, 20 credits)
  • Security Studies (option, 20 credits)
  • Social Policy Themes and Priorities: Local, Regional and Global (option, 20 credits)
  • Theory and Research Methods in International Relations (option, 20 credits)
  • Violence Against Women: Issues, Research and Policy (option, 20 credits)

After the course

Graduates of this course have opportunities for employment in the private, public and third sectors. Graduates have gone on to work in private, public and third sectors. Some graduates also go on to study a PhD.

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

How to apply

Use the apply online button to begin your application.

When to apply

You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.


Visit the Human Rights and International Conflict MA page on the London Metropolitan University website for more details!

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