Bachelor in Human Rights

General

Program Description


The issue of human rights is constantly relevant. By studying them, their importance, history and implementation, we are provided with the opportunity to fully understand current events in the public debate, ranging from migration and children's rights to global crime and criminal law. In this programme, we take a look at the local and international role of human rights, and their role in public authorities, organisations and businesses. The role of human rights in democracies and oppressive regimes will also be studied.

Human Rights at Malmö University

This three-year bachelor's programme provides you with an in-depth knowledge of human rights and how they are applied and affected by the world we live in. This is a multi-disciplinary programme, which focuses on viewing human rights in three perspectives:

Law

What role does human rights play in international law? How have these rights changed from common held moral norms to law, and what has happened as a result?

Politics

How are international communities and governments addressing these rights? We look at this from a sociological and political perspective.

Philosophy

What questions are raised by these rights? Who decides which rights predominate, and what is the significance of having rights?

During the programme, students can choose to do an internship, study abroad or take elective courses. This provides you with the opportunity to deepen your knowledge and get practical experience in human rights work, as well as the chance to develop relationships and network with people and organisations in the industry.

What career will you be prepared for?

The diversity of the programme combined with its multidisciplinary focus provides you with competences attractive in numerous sectors in a constantly growing labour market. You will be able to work with legal, political or ethical issues, as well as to continue at a master’s level.

Future employers might include private sector businesses, local and international organisations and agencies as well as national authorities and government organisations.

Studying Human Rights gives you a platform for a career in organisations such as the UN, Amnesty International and the European Union.

Entry requirements

General entry requirements + English B.

Organisation

Human rights is a concept that is used all the more frequently in society nowadays and is applicable to cooperation at both national and international levels. For example, human rights are raised with regards to the pursuits and operational regulations of national and international public authorities, organisations and business concerns. The respect for and the promotion of human rights have become mainstays for the protection of rights and individual security in democracies and stable communities governed by law.

The purpose of the Bachelor’s Programme in Human Rights is to provide students with an understanding and knowledge of what constitutes human rights, how they are utilised, and how development in this field of study is a consequence of transformation in the world.

The programme is comprised of six semesters of study and leads to a bachelor’s degree in Human Rights. Term one consists of Human Rights I and is organised in terms of an introduction to the multidisciplinary approach to human rights characteristic of the programme, i. e. as it relates to law, politics and philosophy. Human Rights I also include a project work in groups. Term two consists of studies in Human rights II, which is an advancement of human rights.

Semester one consists of Human Rights I and provides an introduction to the multidisciplinary approach to human rights characteristic of the programme, i.e. as it relates to law, politics and philosophy.
Semester two consists of Human Rights II, which is an advancement of Human Rights I. The multidisciplinary perspectives from Human Rights I are studied and analysed in depth by tracing the historical and philosophical origins of the contemporary human rights discourse and connecting it to current human rights issues. Human rights II is finalised by a methods module and a project work.
Semester three and four consist of elective studies, which makes it possible for the student to enroll in various exchange programmes, or combine their studies with an internship (one semester), as long as the programme coordinator deems the internship to be relevant to the study programme.
Semester five consists of specialised courses within a range of multidisciplinary areas in law, politics, philosophy and religion, for example: Children’s Best Interests in Theory and Practice, Forced Migration in a Human Rights Perspective, Global Justice, International Crimes and Criminal Law, or The Right to Life and Modern Conceptions of Life.
The last semester, semester six, consists of Human Rights III, which includes a theory and method course and is finalised with a Bachelor thesis comprising 15 credits.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
In order to receive a bachelor's degree in Human Rights, the student shall:
- demonstrate understanding of how human rights are regulated in national legislation and international law, and comprehends the relationship between these two systems;
- demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the political dimensions of the development and application of human rights;
- demonstrate knowledge and a fundamental understanding of the structure of human rights theories and inducement, in addition to the questions and issues the theories are designed to analyse; and
- demonstrate knowledge of human rights in an international political context.

Competencies and skills

In order to receive a bachelor's degree in Human Rights, the student shall:
- be able to identify, formulate and resolve problems related to human rights from judicial, political and philosophical perspectives;
- possess the skills to apply theories of human rights needed to analyse and evaluate factual conditions and phenomena;
- demonstrate the ability to write academic texts, and give an account of human rights related projects orally and in writing;
- show the ability to accomplish tasks individually or collectively within agreed time frames; and
- use their competence as a basis for a career or further research in relevant areas.

Evaluation and approach

In order to receive a bachelor's degree in Human Rights, the student shall:
- demonstrate the ability to independently analyse and interpret the development of human rights from a multidisciplinary perspective;
- demonstrate the ability to make rational judgements drawing on various methodological aspects within the field of human rights and
- be able to independently evaluate and reflect critically on questions concerning human rights and the role they play in society today.

Last updated November 2019

About the School

Malmö University strives to be part of society at every level. Whether that is regionally, nationally or globally, its focus is making the world a better and fairer place.

Malmö University strives to be part of society at every level. Whether that is regionally, nationally or globally, its focus is making the world a better and fairer place. Read less