This is an ESRC-recognised programme. Questions addressed include, what are human rights? Can there be space for human rights in world affairs? Who is responsible for the protection of human rights in world politics? How effective is human rights law? These theoretical and practical concerns form the central focus of the degree.
Most course units are taught in a single semester. There are 4 compulsory course units: Quantitative Methods, Qualitative Methods, Philosophy of Social Science and Dissertation Research Design plus 3 compulsory course units in ethics in Human Rights, Theories of Human Rights OR Human Rights Law, and Human Rights in World Politics.
Assessment is by class presentations, essays and 12-15,000 word dissertation.