MSC in Human Security
AN INNOVATIVE APPROACH TO DEVELOPMENT
A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO DEVELOPMENT
The concept of human security was first introduced by the UN in 1994 as a way of approaching the various kinds of insecurity faced by humanity. Unlike development strategies to date, which were nation- and state-focused, this approach focused on how individuals and groups experienced insecurities in their daily lives. A new academic discipline was born.
While many universities offer courses on human security, Aarhus University is one of the very few European universities to offer a full degree programme in this field. Instead of just focusing on one kind of security, students in this programme learn how the various securities interrelate, creating the holistic understanding necessary to solve global crises.
Human security focuses on seven pillars or types of insecurity in order to understand and work with processes of development in unstable or conflict-affected environments. The seven pillars are economic security, food security, health security, environmental security, personal security, community security, and political security. While each course has its particular focus, a special emphasis is placed on environmental security because of the impact of large-scale environmental disasters on all other forms of security.
CROSSDISCIPLINARY KNOWLEDGE AND SOLUTIONS
The human security programme at Aarhus University is a cross-disciplinary collaboration between multiple academic departments. Students learn not only about environmental change, natural resources, education and healthcare, but about the social and political factors that cause instability, poverty, and insecurity.
The students selected for the programme will represent not only many different nationalities, but a variety of academic backgrounds, from biology or anthropology, to international relations or human geography. What matters most is that they have a strong bachelor’s and can contribute their knowledge in meaningful class discussions.
A significant part of the programme is a work placement or internship of at least three months, in partnership with an institution, organisation or business working with human insecurity. The work placement or internship helps students to develop their skills and find careers later on. Many graduates go on to work for development-related organisations such as the UN, or move on to research-related projects around the globe.
“I was determined to do my master’s outside my home country and had heard a lot of good things about studying in Denmark, Aarhus in particular. The atmosphere between students and professors is simply great, and there is a unique spirit within the group of Human Security students. As a political scientist, I expected a stronger focus on national and international policies, but the anthropological approach of the programme opened up a totally new and different angle to my understanding of environmental challenges. Rather than focusing on theoretical discussions, the studies are fairly hands-on and offer some very useful real-life experiences. The single greatest thing about the programme is that the combination of lectures on different issues from different angles made me feel that the world is open to me regardless of where I want to work“
Student, MSC in Human Security programme, from Germany
PLACE OF STUDY
ANNUAL TUITION FEE
EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: FREE
Others: EUR 8,000
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Last updated February 24, 2016