MSc Politics of Conflict, Rights & Justice

SOAS University of London

Program Description

MSc Politics of Conflict, Rights & Justice

SOAS University of London

MSc Politics of Conflict, Rights & Justice

Duration: Full Time: 1 Year Part Time: 2-3 Years - students usually complete their core modules in Year 1, and their option modules and dissertation in subsequent years.

Minimum Entry Requirements: The qualification for entry is normally a first or upper-second class honours degree (or equivalent) in Politics or International Relations, or a related social science discipline. Applicants without such a background may be considered for admission depending on their academic training and undergraduate performance.

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Who is this programme for?

The programme is designed for Masters students who are interested in the politics of human rights, humanitarianism and international and transitional justice especially in conflict and post-conflict states. It is also highly relevant to anyone working or intending to work in international NGOs, international organizations, think tanks and advocacy groups in the areas of rights, humanitarian assistance and transitional justice. It also looks more broadly at the future of global human rights in a world where, many claims, the influence of the West is declining and asks critical questions about the legitimacy and effectiveness of transitional justice mechanisms and humanitarian intervention.


SOAS has standard requirements relating to the structure and duration of taught postgraduate programmes and for the award and classification of these programmes.

Programme structure

Students must take 180 credits comprised of 120 taught credits (including core and option modules) and a 60 credit dissertation.

  1. 45 credits from List A (core module)
  2. Choose at least 3 x 15 credit modules from List B.*
  3. Choose a further 2 x 15 credit units from either list B or C
  4. 60 credit Dissertation on some aspect of Conflict, Rights & Justice (core).

*Other modules in the School may be available with permission of the programme convenor.

Please note that not all option modules may run every year.

A. Core Modules

The course ‘Conflict, Rights and Justice’ are the core modules for the degree. Students must complete 3 x Core modules, worth a total 45 credits.

  • Conflict, rights and justice 15PPOH018 (15credits) Term 1
  • Violence, justice and the politics of memory 15PPOH019 (15credits) Term 1
  • International Politics of Human Rights 15PPOH026 (15credits) Term 2

B. Choose at least 3 from the following:

You must choose at least 3 x 15 credit modules, worth a total of 45 points, from the following list.

  • Foreign Policy Analysis 15PPOH013 (15credits) Term 2
  • International migration and diaspora politics 15PPOH012 (15credits) Term 1
  • Security governance 15PPOH015 (15credits) Term 1
  • Comparative International Political Thought 15PPOH021 (15credits) Term 2
  • Queer Politics in Asia, Africa and the Middle East 15PGNH007 (15credits) Term 2
  • Political violence 15PPOH009 (15credits) Term 2
  • Transitional Justice in Asia 15PLAH036 - Not Running 2017/18
  • Security 15PDSH020 (15credits) Term 1
  • Islamic/Democratic Political Thought 15PPOC255 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Approaches to Comparative Political Thought 15PPOH028 (15credits) Term 1
  • The Law & Politics of State Violence: An Interdisciplinary Perspective 15PPOH034 (15credits) Term 2
  • The Indian Ocean in World Politics 15PPOH032 - Not Running 2017/18
  • Asian Security 15PPOH027 - Not Running 2017/18

List C: Choose a further TWO 15 credit units from either list B or C

This would be focused on some aspect of Conflict, Rights & Justice.

  • International theory 15PPOH014 (15credits) Term 1
  • International theory 15PPOH014 (15credits) Term 1
  • Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Social Research 15PPOH035 (15credits) Term 2
  • Islam and politics 15PPOH006 (15credits) Term 2
  • Japan Unravelled 15PPOH033 - Not Running 2017/18
  • Political society in the Middle East 15PPOH008 (15credits) Term 1
  • State and Society in Central Asia and the Caucasus 15PPOH022 (15credits) Term 1
  • State and transformation in the Middle East 15PPOH011 (15credits) Term 2
  • Political Thought on the Just Rebellion 15PPOH030 (15credits) Term 2
  • Anthropology of Human Rights (PG) 15PANH058 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Anthropology of Development 15PANC090 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Anthropology of Globalisation (PG) 15PANH061 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Issues in the Anthropology of Gender 15PANH024 (15credits) Term 2
  • Therapy and Culture 15PANH027 (15credits) Term 1
  • African and Asian Diasporas in the Modern World 15PANH010 (15credits) Term 1
  • Representing Conflict: A Cross-Cultural and Inter-Disciplinary Approach 15PARH039 (15credits) Term 2
  • Neoliberalism, Democracy and Global Development 15PDSH054 (15credits) Term 1
  • The Law of Armed Conflict 15PLAH022 (15credits) Term 1
  • Law and Policy of International Courts and Tribunals 15PLAH026 (15credits) Term 2
  • Human Rights and Islamic Law 15PLAC150 (30 credits) Full Year
  • The Transnational News Environment: Production, Representation and Use 15PMSH006 (15credits) Term 1
  • Studies in Global Media and Post-National Communication 15PMSH007 (15credits) Term 1
  • Gender, Armed Conflict and International Law 15PGNH005 (15credits) Term 1
  • The Holocaust in Theology, Literature and Art 15PSRH028 (15credits) Term 1

List D: Dissertation

60 credit Dissertation

  • Dissertation in Political Studies 15PPOC999 (60 credits) Full Year
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Last updated July 18, 2018
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