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 elect four out of a variety of specialised modules that may include: 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; and others. The third semester is devoted to the master thesis.

Module Overview

1st Semester: Foundations (30 ECTS credits)

Module 1: Principles and Methodology (10 ECTS credits)

  • Lecture: Human Rights Philosophy
  • Seminar: Human Rights Methods
  • Tutorial: Research and Writing Exercise

Module 2: Human Rights Politics (10 ECTS credits)

  • Lecture: The Politics of Human Rights
  • Seminar: Human Rights and the EU

Module 3: Human Rights Law (10 ECTS credits)

  • Lecture: Legal Protection of Human Rights
  • Seminar: Leading Cases of Human Rights Law

2nd Semester: Specialised Courses (30 ECTS credits)

Module 4: Interdisciplinary Approach to Non-Discrimination (5 ECTS)

Module 5: Project Work (5 ECTS)

Modules 6–9: Specialised Aspects of Human Rights Protection I—IV (5 ECTS each)

Four specialisation seminars to be chosen from the list of offered seminars. Seminar topics may include:

  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
  • Business and Human Rights
  • Freedom of Religion or Belief
  • Social Movements and Human Rights
  • Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • International Criminal Law
  • Gender and Human Rights
  • Transitional Justice
  • Human Rights in Africa
  • Human Rights of Refugees
  • Philosophy and Human Rights

Please note that not all seminars will be offered every year.

3rd Semester: Master Thesis (30 ECTS credits)

Thesis registration form

Signed thesis registration forms should be submitted at the Master’s secretary office.

Thesis guide

The module descriptions are available here.