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
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.