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 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? The MA Global Citizenship, Identities and Human Rights 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.
You will explore 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).
This course is particularly suited to social science and arts graduates who wish to pursue careers in the NGO sector, academia, civil service or journalism, as it:
- provides advanced sociological knowledge of debates on human rights, citizenship, globalisation and identities
- offers opportunities to develop specialist knowledge and understanding of post-conflict cultures, human rights law and/or of media and globalisation, rights and identities
This course consists of taught modules totalling 120 credits (which are taken during the autumn and spring terms) and a 60-credit dissertation (undertaken over the summer period).
You will take modules addressing sociological debates on human rights, citizenship, globalisation and identities, which will give you a critical understanding of their application in a range of discourses (political, legal, academic and popular). They are assessed by written work of either one 5,000-word or two 2,500-word assignments.
The 15,000-word 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
Students are also strongly encouraged to undertake voluntary work with an NGO.
- 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
You will need to choose a further 40 credits of optional modules. This includes modules from other courses within and outside the School of Sociology and Social Policy (subject to approval).
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 course will be particularly beneficial 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. The level of study fosters many vital skills and may give you a head start in the job market, allowing 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 2015, 100% 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 £27,031 with the highest being £40,800.*
*Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates 2014/15. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
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.
The University of Nottingham is the best university in the UK for graduate employment, according to The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017.
- 2:1 (or international equivalent) in any discipline
- 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 March 16, 2017