MA

International Human Rights Practice

Teaching & Learning

 

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic we are currently unable to advise on the mode of teaching for September 2021, however we will keep you updated and provide more information as soon as we can. We continue to follow government guidance and your teaching and learning will reflect the restrictions in place at the time of delivery. We currently anticipate that you may experience a blended approach – this is a mix of face-to-face, on campus and online teaching and learning. You can keep up to date with teaching and learning at Leeds Beckett via our Covid-19 website. Updated course specifications will be available in August 2021. In the meantime, our existing course specifications are available.

What you'll learn

Critically explore what is meant by international human rights law and critically evaluate its purpose and application. You will assess the role and function of the United Nations, studying the law as embodied by UN international human rights treaties and legal principles as defined by customary international law and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Consider how projects fit within organisations, and how they are developed, funded and managed. You will study the essential components of project management, including planning, evaluation, ethics and governance issues, and stakeholder engagement. You will develop key skills in project management, funding applications and communication using authentic sources and case studies.
Explore the theorisation of Human Rights within International Relations debates. You will explore the contested conceptualisation of Human Rights, via universalist/relativist and cosmopolitan/communitarian debates, and locate the theorisation of rights within the broad schools of International Relations thought. You will also explore the tensions that emerge through the institutionalisation of rights at an international level, the operation of sovereignty and the politics of rights at a group and individual level.
Engage in critical depth with a research-based project aligned to your personal interests and professional aspirations. You will gain general training on research methods leading to workshops that will support you to develop a proposal appropriate for masters level, grounded in theory and with appropriate methodological and ethical considerations.
Discuss the history, techniques and law applicable to Civil and Military Forces intelligence and evidence gathering via interrogation activities that take place in the context of security operations. You will gain a broad overview of the history and international practice amongst civil and military forces from around the world. You will then explore what amounts to torture, inhuman and/or degrading treatment and the legal, ethical and moral arguments surrounding those concepts today. You will examine the social and psychological research to understand what motivates torturers to act as they do and look at those who may be complicit in facilitating torture e.g. medical staff.
You will gain insight, debate and practical strategies in the field of the protection of civilians from violence on a local, national and international level. This is increasingly becoming a central concern for international interventions, but on the local level innovative projects are being supported. From understanding the roles of international agencies, NGOs and local organisations, to investigating strategies and tactics of those affected, this module will enable you to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions and the way in which it fits with peace and conflict theory and human rights.
Critically explore what is meant by international human rights law and critically evaluate its purpose and application. You will assess the role and function of the United Nations, studying the law as embodied by UN international human rights treaties and legal principles as defined by customary international law and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Consider how projects fit within organisations, and how they are developed, funded and managed. You will study the essential components of project management, including planning, evaluation, ethics and governance issues, and stakeholder engagement. You will develop key skills in project management, funding applications and communication using authentic sources and case studies.
Explore the theorisation of Human Rights within International Relations debates. You will explore the contested conceptualisation of Human Rights, via universalist/relativist and cosmopolitan/communitarian debates, and locate the theorisation of rights within the broad schools of International Relations thought. You will also explore the tensions that emerge through the institutionalisation of rights at an international level, the operation of sovereignty and the politics of rights at a group and individual level.
Engage in critical depth with a research-based project aligned to your personal interests and professional aspirations. You will gain general training on research methods leading to workshops that will support you to develop a proposal appropriate for masters level, grounded in theory and with appropriate methodological and ethical considerations.
Discuss the history, techniques and law applicable to Civil and Military Forces intelligence and evidence gathering via interrogation activities that take place in the context of security operations. You will gain a broad overview of the history and international practice amongst civil and military forces from around the world. You will then explore what amounts to torture, inhuman and/or degrading treatment and the legal, ethical and moral arguments surrounding those concepts today. You will examine the social and psychological research to understand what motivates torturers to act as they do and look at those who may be complicit in facilitating torture e.g. medical staff.
You will gain insight, debate and practical strategies in the field of the protection of civilians from violence on a local, national and international level. This is increasingly becoming a central concern for international interventions, but on the local level innovative projects are being supported. From understanding the roles of international agencies, NGOs and local organisations, to investigating strategies and tactics of those affected, this module will enable you to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions and the way in which it fits with peace and conflict theory and human rights.

What you'll learn

Critically explore acts of war, political violence and 'crimes of aggression' through the lens of criminological discourse. You will gain an in-depth critical understanding of war and its relationship with 'crime'; by critically evaluating the role of individual states, international communities, as well as victims, bystanders and known perpetrators or combatants.
This module interrogates the concept of insecurity and draws on a range of theories and understandings of security, and how this has evolved from a focus on the state to incorporate human security. You will explore the relationship between conflict, security and development, including the roles of key actors, agencies, policies and interventions, and key intersections of gender, ethnicity, poverty and exclusion. You will also examine responses to traditional and new security threats from a human rights perspective via a range of local and global case studies.
Gain a better understanding of the environmental dilemmas that confront us in the contemporary world, by moving beyond the limitations of mainstream economic analysis in coming to terms with the threats of environmental degradation and climate change. This module tries to reawaken a broader type of ethical, natural and social theorisation which has been present in political economy at least since the 18th century.
Critically explore acts of war, political violence and 'crimes of aggression' through the lens of criminological discourse. You will gain an in-depth critical understanding of war and its relationship with 'crime'; by critically evaluating the role of individual states, international communities, as well as victims, bystanders and known perpetrators or combatants.
This module interrogates the concept of insecurity and draws on a range of theories and understandings of security, and how this has evolved from a focus on the state to incorporate human security. You will explore the relationship between conflict, security and development, including the roles of key actors, agencies, policies and interventions, and key intersections of gender, ethnicity, poverty and exclusion. You will also examine responses to traditional and new security threats from a human rights perspective via a range of local and global case studies.
Gain a better understanding of the environmental dilemmas that confront us in the contemporary world, by moving beyond the limitations of mainstream economic analysis in coming to terms with the threats of environmental degradation and climate change. This module tries to reawaken a broader type of ethical, natural and social theorisation which has been present in political economy at least since the 18th century.