MA Global Citizenship, Identities and Human Rights
Demand for various forms of expertise on human rights, citizenship and identities is rapidly expanding as governments, international agencies, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and private sector organisations become increasingly sensitive to and interested in questions about rights and identities.
In the current global context 'national' versions of citizenship have reached crisis point. Yet what does it mean to think of yourself as a global citizen? This course aims to find out by investigating critical global questions such as war, migration, climate change, the credit crunch, the rise of nationalism, the impact of global media, sex tourism, modern slavery, the transformation of gender and sexuality and of course contemporary racism.
The programme explores what recent changes to the global cultural and political landscape mean for individuals and groups in terms of their ability to access human rights (social, economic and cultural, as well as political and civil).
It provides you with advanced level sociological knowledge of the concepts of 'globalisation', 'citizenship', 'identity' and 'human rights', as well as a critical understanding of their application in a range of discourses (political, legal, academic and popular).
This MA will be particularly attractive to social science and arts graduates who wish to pursue careers in the NGO sector, academia, the civil service or journalism, as it both provides advanced level sociological knowledge of debates on human rights, citizenship, globalisation and identities, and offers opportunities, to develop specialist knowledge and understanding of post-conflict cultures, human rights law and/or of media and globalisation, rights and identities.
- In addition to the contact you will have with academic staff through the various modules, you will also have the support of a specialist supervisor with whom you will meet regularly to discuss your dissertation
- Students are strongly encouraged to undertake voluntary work with an NGO
The MA in Global Citizenship, Identities and Human Rights can be taken full-time over 12 months or part-time over two years.
The MA consists of taught modules totalling 120 credits (which are taken during the autumn and spring semesters) and a 60-credit dissertation (undertaken over the summer period).
During the taught component of this course, you will take modules addressing sociological debates on human rights, citizenship, globalisation and identities. These modules will also give you a critical understanding of their application in a range of discourses (political, legal, academic and popular).
The taught modules are assessed by written work of either 2 x 2,500 or 1 x 5,000 word assignments.
The dissertation is a key component of this degree. It affords you the opportunity to conduct independent research on a topic of your choice under the supervision of sociologists who are nationally and internationally known for their expertise on citizenship, national and ethnic identities, globalisation, human rights and children's rights. Past dissertation topics have included:
- To what extent do the campaigns carried out by international non-governmental organisations reflect the social model of disability?
- Building Global Citizenship and Awareness of Education - The role of the NGO
- British Pakistani Muslim mothers perceptions post 7/7 living in the city of Nottingham
- The internet as a realm of civic engagement: How the internet has impacted the participation of women in the public sphere in Egypt and Jordan from 2006-2011 and why internet and accessibility is essential for their employment
- Understanding treatment of refugees and asylum seekers in Britain and what steps can be taken to better protect their human rights
A dissertation of 15,000 words in length must be submitted by the end of the summer period.
- Between Europe and the Middle East: Critical Questions of Citizenship and Identity
- Dissertation in Global Citizenship, Identities and Human Rights
- Globalisation, Citizenship and Identity
- Human Rights and Critical Modern Slavery
- Researching Global Citizenship, Identities and Human Rights
Students have to choose a further 40 credits of elective modules.
They can choose modules from other courses within and outside the School of Sociology and Social Policy with approval from the Programme Director.
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.
This MA will be particularly attractive if you wish to pursue a career in the NGO sector, academia, the civil service, or journalism, as it both provides advanced level sociological knowledge of debates on human rights, citizenship, globalisation and identities, and offers opportunities to develop specialist knowledge and understanding of post-conflict cultures, human rights law and/or of media and globalisation, rights and identities.
Our postgraduate students move into an extraordinarily wide range of careers following their time in the school.
Conducting postgraduate work fosters many vital skills and may give you a head start in the job market. Studying at this level allows you to develop qualities of self-discipline and self-motivation that are essential to employment in a wide range of different fields.
A postgraduate degree from an institution like The University of Nottingham shows potential employers that you are an intelligent, hard-working individual who is bright and flexible enough to undertake any form of specific career training.
Average starting salary and career progression
In 2014, 95% of postgraduates in the School of Sociology and Social Policy who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £21,692 with the highest being £30,000.*
*Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2013/14.
Career prospects and employability
The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential.
Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.
Entry requirements 2.1(Upper 2nd class hons degree or international equivalent)
IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
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Last updated September 12, 2016