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 Oc­to­ber
Application Deadline: July 1st; it is pos­si­ble to ap­p­ly la­ter and be ad­mit­ted un­til Sep­tem­ber 30th
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.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated July 24, 2019
This course is Online, Campus based
Start Date
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Oct 2020
Duration
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