Master of Arts in Governance and Human Rights

General

Program Description

At a Glance

Degree: Mas­ter of Arts (M.A.)
Credit Points: 90
Lenght of Study: 4 terms ex­tra-oc­cupa­tio­nal
Language: Eng­lish
Study Places: 25
Start Date: in September
Application Deadline: May 31st
Costs: 9.900 Euro (to­tal tui­ti­on cost), plus the cur­rent term cont­ri­bu­ti­on of 200 Euro per term
Programme Director: Prof. Dr. Alessandra Asteriti

The Mas­ters Pro­gram­me in Go­ver­nan­ce and Hu­man Rights con­nects the theo­ry of sci­ence with its practical application. In se­ven mo­du­les, the stu­dents will learn to ana­ly­ze and un­der­stand le­gal and po­li­ti­cal theo­ries of governance and in­ter­na­tio­nal and re­gio­nal human rights regimes and how they are in­ter­re­la­ted. The stu­dents and scho­lars of the Mas­ter of Go­ver­nan­ce and Hu­man Rights will de­sign, plan, or­ga­ni­ze, and rea­li­ze their own project ad­dres­sing a prac­tical chal­len­ge re­la­ted to the field of go­ver­nan­ce and hu­man rights.

Project-based learning is of cen­tral im­port­an­ce for the pro­gram­me. The stu­dents will learn to con­cep­tua­li­ze and cont­ri­bu­te to so­ci­al chan­ge and ac­qui­re the de­sign and com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on skills to ad­apt theo­re­ti­cal ap­proa­ches to go­ver­nan­ce and hu­man rights to their pro­fes­sio­nal working en­vi­ron­ment, e.g. as part of cor­po­ra­te so­ci­al re­s­pon­si­bi­li­ty (CSR) or sustainable de­ve­lop­ment po­li­cies. They will be taught and su­per­vi­sed by out­stan­ding and re­now­ned in­ter­na­tio­nal hu­man rights aca­de­mics, prac­ti­tio­ners and ex­pe­ri­en­ced pro­ject coa­ches.

As graduates of the M.A. Governance and Human Rights, students will:

  • possess a comprehensive understanding of Governance principles and the means to critically examine them
  • be acquainted with the various of Human Rights principles, norms and standards
  • know how to apply Governance principles in order to promote Human Rights
  • be able to organize the work in for-profit businesses as well as in non-profit and non-governmental organizations, including issues such as funding, project management etc.
  • be prepared for the challenges associated with development aid and state building

Curriculum

The Mas­ters Pro­gram­me in Go­ver­nan­ce and Hu­man Rights is a two-year dis­tan­ce learning on­line and part-time on-cam­pus in­ter­na­tio­nal Mas­ters pro­gram­me. It is a pro­fes­sio­nal M.A. de­gree taught in Eng­lish, ai­ming at em­power­ing stu­dents and young pro­fes­sio­nals to un­der­stand and re­flect the theo­re­ti­cal mea­ning and prac­tical ap­p­li­ca­ti­on of Go­ver­nan­ce in and through Hu­man Rights. It ad­dres­ses young pro­fes­sio­nals with a uni­ver­si­ty de­gree, first work ex­pe­ri­ence and a pro­ject idea which they seek to rea­li­se.

Project-Based Learning Informed by Theory and Practice

The Mas­ter of Go­ver­nan­ce and Hu­man Rights com­bi­nes theo­ry and prac­tice. In se­ven mo­du­les, the stu­dents will learn to ana­ly­ze and un­der­stand le­gal and po­li­ti­cal theo­ries of go­ver­nan­ce and in­ter­na­tio­nal and re­gio­nal hu­man rights re­gimes and how they are in­ter­re­la­ted.

The stu­dents and scho­lars of the Mas­ter of Go­ver­nan­ce and Hu­man Rights will de­sign, plan, or­ga­ni­ze and rea­li­ze their own pro­ject ad­dres­sing a prac­tical chal­len­ge re­la­ted to good go­ver­nan­ce and hu­man rights. Pro­ject-ba­sed learning is at the core of this pro­gram­me. Stu­dents will learn to con­cep­tua­li­ze and cont­ri­bu­te to so­ci­al chan­ge and ac­qui­re the de­sign and com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on skills to ad­apt theo­re­ti­cal ap­proa­ches to go­ver­nan­ce and hu­man rights to their pro­fes­sio­nal working en­vi­ron­ment, e.g. as part of cor­po­ra­te so­ci­al re­s­pon­si­bi­li­ty (CSR) or sustainable de­ve­lop­ment po­li­cies. They will be taught and su­per­vi­sed by out­stan­ding and re­now­ned in­ter­na­tio­nal hu­man rights aca­de­mics, prac­ti­tio­ners and ex­pe­ri­en­ced pro­ject coa­ches.

Earn a Master of Governance and Human Rights

Clas­ses are sche­du­led on ten days in a se­mes­ter. You can com­ple­te the cour­se as­si­gn­ments by working with stu­dy ma­te­ri­als (books, lec­tu­re no­tes, dis­tan­ce-learning) be­fo­re and af­ter class. This enables an op­ti­mum com­bi­na­ti­on of stu­dy-time and pro­fes­sio­nal life.

Who Are Potential Applicants?

This Mas­ters pro­gram­me in Go­ver­nan­ce and Hu­man Rights has been de­ve­l­o­ped for stu­dents and lear­ners with pro­fes­sio­nal ex­pe­ri­ence or an in­te­rest in the area of de­ve­lop­ment, po­li­tics, busi­ness, the non-pro­fit sec­tor or in­ter­na­tio­nal or­ga­ni­sa­ti­ons. Ap­p­li­cants have to hold at least a first uni­ver­si­ty de­gree (e.g. Ba­che­lor).

Why Governance and Human Rights?

The pro­gram­me’s fo­cus is ba­sed on the pre­mi­se that go­ver­nan­ce and hu­man rights re­cipro­cal­ly rein­force one-ano­ther. Yet, the translation and integration of concepts and theories into practical strategies is lar­ge­ly mis­sing in most ap­p­lied pro­jects or po­li­cies. Go­ver­nan­ce prin­ci­ples such as ac­coun­ta­bi­li­ty, trans­pa­ren­cy and par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on have to be lin­ked to hu­man rights norms and stan­dards.

Con­ver­se­ly, the rea­liza­t­i­on and im­ple­men­ta­ti­on of hu­man rights de­pends on the ad­he­rence to go­ver­nan­ce prin­ci­ples. The pro­gram­me fur­ther in­clu­des and re­flects on the role of new go­ver­nan­ce ac­tors in the fiel­ds in­flu­en­cing the rea­liza­t­i­on of hu­man rights, such as mul­ti­na­tio­nal com­pa­nies, ci­vil so­cie­ty and in­ter­na­tio­nal or­ga­niza­t­i­ons.

Last updated Oct 2019

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Leuphana University established Germany’s first public college. Its Graduate School merges the academic demands of masters and doctorates, and its own Professional School offers highly regarded furthe ... Read More

Leuphana University established Germany’s first public college. Its Graduate School merges the academic demands of masters and doctorates, and its own Professional School offers highly regarded further education programmes. Read less