Taught course

Human Rights, Culture & Social Justice

Institution
Goldsmiths, University of London · Sociology
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least second class standard in a relevant/related subject.

Months of entry

September

Course content

In this course we take seriously the complexity of constructions of human rights. The MA in Human Rights, Culture and Social Justice will help you to understand what is behind a range of contemporary issues concerning justice in a globalising world. You will learn how to conceptualise and to study the possibilities of human rights, going beyond legal formulations to look at the conditions in which human rights claims are made and the range of actors involved in making them. In order to do so you will learn about how human rights are constructed, exploring framings of human rights through case studies; and you will begin to practice some of the methodologies and methods that are currently used in NGOs and grassroots activist networks trying to remedy global injustices.

The focus on culture that runs through the programme makes for an emphasis on concrete, situated practices and meanings. Can human rights contribute to a global culture in which injustices figure as ‘wrongs’? Or are human rights invariably skewed, constructing injustices in ways that suit international elites better than they suit people who are suffering? Do human rights do violence to local cultures? Are they an appropriate response to local violence? In this course we contextualise the study of how human rights are constructed in micro-processes, in the media and face-to-face in relation to debates over macro-structures, processes of globalisation and the institutions of global governance.

In terms of social justice, the MA is set up to study human rights beyond narrow, legalistic definitions. To look at what really makes a difference in terms of realising human rights in practice. Can human rights really be constructed in ways that challenge and overturn established social structures? Can rights be claimed in such a way that they can really protect us as human beings against the ‘creative destruction’ of global capitalism, state repression, the subjugation of women, and hatred and violence against minorities of all kinds – sexual, ethnic, religious?

Fees and funding

Please visit http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/fees-funding/ for details

Qualification and course duration

MA

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Course Enquiries
Email
course-info@gold.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)20 7078 5300