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A programme where theory meets practice

·        The Arab Master in Democracy and Human Rights is:

·        An intensive advanced course in the field of democracy and human rights.

·        A Master’s Degree (60 ECTS) from Saint Joseph University in cooperation with the partner universities.

·        An intensive learning combined with an action and policy-oriented approach.

·        Comprised of two semesters: one in Beirut and the other in a participating university.

·        A supervised Master’s thesis in one of the partner universities.

·        The foundation for a successful career on national, international, and non-governmental levels.

An international academic staff

Our international academic staff brings together professors, experts and practitioners coming from over 10 countries and sharing with students their knowledge, professional experience and expertise.

Our programme attracts students who are interested in understanding regional dynamics and country-specific socio-political trends across the Middle East and North Africa. It is also geared to professionals who want to back their experience in development, democratisation and human rights with solid scholarship.

A unique learning experience

The Arab Master includes research-oriented courses and practical trainings in the field of human rights and democratisation. It attracts students, researchers and experts from the region and beyond, because of its comparative approach and its interdisciplinary character. It offers cross-regional mobility, with one semester in Beirut (Lebanon), and another in Jordan, Morocco, Palestine or Tunisia.

You will acquire theoretical, practical and critical knowledge and insights into the region and the master’s main thematics. The programme allows you to develop research and practical skills. It includes a week-long field trip and offers the possibility of doing internships in leading national and international organisations across the region.


·        Legacy of Colonialism

·        Arab Political Thought

·        Democracy and Human Rights

·        Comparative Constitutional Systems

·        Political Parties and Pressure Groups

·        Transition Process in the Middle East and North Africa

·        Democratisation and Liberalisation

·        International Human Rights Law and Mechanisms of Human Rights Protection

·        Vulnerable Persons and Group Human Rights

·        Applied Research Seminars

International Students

Find out more about studying as an international student at USJ here: https://www.usj.edu.lb/sri/index_en.php

Visit the Master in Human Rights and Democratization page on the Saint Joseph University of Beirut website for more details!




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