The Human Rights Consortium, in collaboration with the Institute of Latin American Studies, offers a specialist pathway through the MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights which enables students to focus their studies on the human rights concerns – past, present and future – of Latin America.
In order to pass the MA, students need to have achieved a total of 90 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) credits. ECTS credits are recognised across the European Union. The degree comprises four compulsory modules (including the dissertation), and three optional modules.
Students wishing to undertake an internship can do so at any point during the academic year. Students who wish to obtain an extra 20 ECTS credits for this component (extra credit only) must complete the equivalent of 25 working days to pass this module and must submit a 1000-word assessment of their placement experience.
- Citizenship and New Social Movements in Latin America [10 ECTS]
- Human Rights and Everyday Life in Latin America [10 ECTS]
Dissertation [30 ECTS]
Students will complete a 15,000-word research-based dissertation on a chosen topic within the human rights of Latin America which is of special interest to them. This topic will be chosen in consultation with your dissertation supervisor, who will provide support.
Two of the following three modules will be selected:
- Understanding Human Rights I: Ideas and Contexts [10 ECTS] [highly recommended]
- Securing Human Rights I: Actors and Mechanisms, Skills and Strategies [10 ECTS]
- Translating Human Rights into Law I: The Foundations of International Human Rights Law [10 ECTS]
One out of the following modules may be selected:
- Understanding Human Rights II: Genocide, Gross Human Rights Violations and Reconciliation [10 ECTS]
- Securing Human Rights II: Securing Human Rights in Development and in Conflict [10 ECTS]
- Translating Human Rights into Law II: Topics in International Human Rights Law [10 ECTS]
- Researching Human Rights: Social Research Methods [10 ECTS]
- Business and Human Rights [10 ECTS]
- Indigenous Peoples, Minorities and Human Rights [10 ECTS]