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MAHuman Rights and Cultural Diversity

University of Essex
United Kingdom, Colchester
Tuition fee £14,950 per year
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Our MA Human Rights and Cultural Diversity is suited to you if you have a particular interest in this specialised area of study. You acquire a deeper knowledge and understanding of the central issues and debates surrounding the application and justification of human rights within a culturally complex and diverse world.

These problems are legal, social, political and philosophical, and our course reflects this in our multidisciplinary approach. In contrast to our other human rights courses, this MA examines human rights specifically in relation to cultural diversity. You explore topics including:

- Theoretical foundations of human rights
- The practice of human rights in the context of cultural diversity
- Notions of human rights in Africa
- Contemporary issues of cultural diversity

Our interdisciplinary Human Rights Centre is the UK’s leading centre for the study of the theory and practice of international human rights, and has a worldwide reputation for research, teaching and practice. In February 2010, we were awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize in recognition of our work in advancing human rights across the globe.

At Essex we specialise in commercial law, public law, and human rights law. We are top 20 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014), and we are ranked among the top 200 departments on the planet according to the QS World [University] Rankings [2016] for law.

Programme structure

Year 1

Contemporary Issues in Human Rights and Cultural Diversity
Dissertation: MA Human Rights and Cultural Diversity
Human Rights: Theories and Applications
Human Rights Clinic (optional)
Religion and Human Rights (optional)
Human Rights, International Relations and Diplomacy (optional)
International Security Studies (optional)
Contemporary Theories of Justice (optional)
Race and Class in the United States, South Africa and Britain: Select Topics (optional)
Language Rights (optional)
The Law of International Peacekeeping (optional)
International Human Rights: Law, Institutions and Practice (optional)
Public International Law (optional)
Foundations of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (optional)
The Protection of Refugees and Displaced Persons in International Law (optional)
International Child Law (optional)
European Convention on Human Rights I (optional)
The Protection of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples in International Law (optional)
Human Rights and Development (optional)
International Trade, Investment and Human Rights. (optional)
Human Rights for Women (optional)
Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in Africa (optional)
The Inter-American System of Human Rights (optional)
Business and Human Rights (optional)
Psychoanalysis of Groups and Organisations (optional)
Psychosocial Perspectives on Human Rights (optional)
Social Psychology (optional)
Culture and Psychology (optional)
Advanced Social Psychology (optional)
Dynamics of Home and Work (optional)
Formative Debates in Criminology (optional)
Current Controversies in Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy (optional)
Colonialism, Culture and Human Rights (optional)

Career opportunities

Graduates are well placed for careers as a journalist, a policy analyst or researcher, as an official in the United Nations system or as an activist in humanitarian and policy-making non-governmental bodies in the UK and abroad. We also prepare you to undertake further independent research in the field of human rights.

Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Studies commence
Sep 20, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States