Group Projects

As an opportunity to gain experience working directly with human rights issues, the programme offers Group Projects during the second semester as a special module. Together, groups of students design and carry out a project related to human rights protection. Students are asked to plan out their goals and timeline, work with relevant local partners and, if required, raise the necessary funds to meet the financial requirements of the project. Examples of such projects include:

  • a photography exhibit including testimonials from refugees that was prominently displayed in the city of Erlangen and travelled the local area
  • the creation of educational materials designed to inform children of their rights that was shared with a local primary school
  • a research project about the use of police violence in Germany.

This aspect of the Masters is one of the most hands-on and beneficial of the programme, allowing students to utilize their own skills and knowledge and engage with the local community to bring awareness of new human rights applications.

Students can integrate their project work in internships with a human rights organization. Students can also form a team to participate in an international moot court competition related to human rights such as the Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court.


Group Projects 2018


Working on Diversity

As a way of tying together theory and practice, students created a public discussion that was held to address issues of discrimination in the hiring process, such as discrimination on ethnic, racial, or gender identity. Dr. Imke Leicht, Head of FAU Office for Gender and Diversity, and Dr. Cornelia Höschele, the Diversity Manager at the Equal Opportunities Office of Erlangen, shared their expertise in this area from academic and practical approaches.



Starting Over

Starting Over was a photo exhibit which showcased photographs and stories of success from refugees in various parts of Germany. The exhibit brought to life their colorful journeys from fear and uncertainty to fruitful new beginnings. The photo exhibit was first held in the city library of Erlangen City and then was also exhibited in the cities of Nuremberg, Uffenheim, and Neustadt an der Aisch. In each location openings, the refugees who participated in the exhibit were invited to share their stories, calling for unity and love towards new comers.