In the fall of 2019 a new master’s programme was launched within the multidisciplinary field of human rights at the Human Rights Studies division, department of History. We have a long tradition of educating students, with a well renowned Bachelor program in Human Rights Studies, 180 credits. As the only university in Sweden, we also offer a multidisciplinary, four-year Ph.D. programme in our field.
Our multidisciplinary research environment studies human rights in all their complexity, from historical, philosophical, ethical, political, and legal perspectives. We are particularly interested in human rights in society, their role in democratic and non-democratic political systems, and what it means for institutions to respect and promote human rights.
Our master´s programme aims to give students the opportunity to study the complex phenomenon that human rights represent in our world in a historical and contemporary perspective. Teachers and researchers are committed to the view that human rights need to be regarded and studied, not only as ethical principles or ground for law and policy, but also as part of the infrastructure of a democratic society. With an interactive teaching style, closely connected to our ongoing research, we aim to give our students a research-oriented programme for those interested in gaining interdisciplinary skills relevant for political and cultural challenges of our time.
The first year consists of mandatory and thematic courses to give students a solid basis before starting the second year. During the first semester students take two courses. First, they immerse themselves in human rights with a focus on indicators, actors and institutions connected to human rights in a global perspective. Also, students examine global connections regarding politics, economy, environment, conflict, migration and activism. On the second course, they study the political and philosophical historiography of human rights in the modern era, from a critical and analytical perspective. Students explore debates about legitimisation and justification of human rights as well as critique. The second semester focuses on research methods and ethics, project management, as well as a thematic specialization connected to ongoing research at our division.
The second year aims to give students opportunity to choose their own specialization. All through the third semester students do a practical or research internship with an institution or organisations of their choice or conduct independent research. On the fourth and last semester students conclude an independent research assignment and present their research in a Master thesis, 30 credits.