Modules and Courses

The M.A. Human Rights addresses the growing importance of human rights in all areas of society and academia. The course programme covers fundamental challenges as well as current issues. It pursues an interdisciplinary approach by taking the political, philosophical and legal dimensions of human rights into account.

In the first semester, all students will enroll in three compulsory modules covering political, philosophical and legal foundations of human rights respectively. In the second semester, students will participate in a compulsory, interdisciplinary module on non-discrimination and may elect four out of the following special modules: Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; Business and Human Rights; Freedom of Religion and Belief; Gender and Human Rights; International Criminal Law; Transitional Justice; Human Rights of Refugees; and Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The third semester is devoted to the master thesis.

M.A. Human Rights Module Overview
M.A. Human Rights Module Description

Module Overview

1st Semester: Foundations (30 ECTS)

Human Rights Politics (10 ECTS)
  • Political Dynamics of Human Rights
  • Empirical Analysis of Human Rights Politics
Philosophy of Human Rights (10 ECTS)
  • Human Rights – Foundations and Criticisms
  • Universalism and Relativism
Human Rights Law (10 ECTS)
  • Legal and Institutional Protection of Human Rights
  • Leading Cases of Human Rights Law

2nd Semester: Specialized Courses (30 ECTS)

Non-Discrimination (10 ECTS)
  • Interdisciplinary Seminar on Non-Discrimination
  • Working Groups

Four modules out of the following choices:

Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (5 ECTS)
Business and Human Rights (5 ECTS)
Freedom of Religion and Belief (5 ECTS)
Gender and Human Rights (5 ECTS)
International Criminal Law (5 ECTS)
Transitional Justice (5 ECTS)
Human Rights of Refugees (5 ECTS)
Rights of Persons with Disabilities (5 ECTS)

3rd Semester: Master Thesis (30 ECTS)

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