Taught course

Human Rights and Global Ethics

Institution
University of Leicester · Department of Politics
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

Applicants require a 2:1 degree or its equivalent in Politics, History, International Relations or other related subjects. Equivalent relevant professional experience may be considered.

Months of entry

September, March

Course content

In today’s world, human rights continue to go un-respected and un-protected, with situations of protracted conflict and displacement only the most visible example of a gap between the promise and reality of universal human rights. Even the idea of universal human rights continues to be hotly contested. This degree addresses challenges at both the practical and conceptual level. It also encourages you to appraise all aspects of international politics from the perspective of global ethics, which means considering the rights and wrongs of issues related to institutions, foreign policy and trade.

By taking this course you will gain a thorough grounding in key concepts and theories of human rights and global ethics. You will develop your knowledge of the different theoretical and policy perspective on a range of ethical issues. You will also study in depth the global political context of pressing ethical issues, which includes considerations of state behaviour and relations between states and non-state actors. You also have the option of taking specialist modules in International Human Rights Law as part of this course.

You will develop their research skills and pursue in-depth dissertation length studies in human rights and global ethics, benefitting from academic expertise in areas including intelligence, slavery, citizenship, refugees, animal rights, security, and war.

The degree will equip you with the competencies and skills to understand and participate in contemporary debates in human rights and global ethics and to analyse politics and international relations using a mixture of normative, theoretical and empirical tools.

You will gain knowledge and skills relevant to employment and career development in government, media, business, non-governmental organisations and any professional context in which cross-cultural sensitivity and ethical awareness are requirements.

This course is also offered as a distance learning course, for more details see here.

Information for international students

This course requires an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

Fees and funding

Please see the postgraduate funding page.

Qualification and course duration

MA

full time
12 months
part time
24 months
distance learning
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Social Science Distance Learning Hub
Email
politicspg@le.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)116 252 2714