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Master of Arts in Human Rights (International Program)

The MA in Human Rights (International Programme), which began in 1999, is the first social science graduate program in human rights in Southeast Asia. The curriculum is designed to reflect the interdisciplinary nature of human rights issues. Since its establishment, the program has attracted students from Asia and other regions. The Program’s medium of teaching is English.

Objectives

The International Masters of Arts in Human Rights program aims to produce graduates who are capable of applying human rights knowledge to their fields of work, be they academics, policy makers, human rights practitioners or activists. Graduates will learn to acquire knowledge independently, a skill necessary for the advancement of academic studies and promotion of human rights in society. The program is committed to producing graduates who:

1. Have excellent knowledge of human rights from an interdisciplinary perspective, and are knowledgeable about human rights situations relevant to their own experiences or specific interests
2. Are able to relate their knowledge of human rights with political, economic, social  and cultural contexts
3. Are capable of utilizing human rights knowledge in their respective fields of work
4. Have social awareness and the desire to establish human rights in society

Program Structure

Required Courses (18 credits) Credits (lecture-practice)
HPHR 501 International Human Rights Standards 3 (3-0)
HPHR 502 Human Rights Protection Mechanisms
3 (3-0)
HPHR 503 Current Issues in Human Rights 3 (3-0)
HPHR 504 Human Rights in Asia 3 (3-0)
HPHR 505 Research Methods in Human Rights 3 (3-0)
HPHR 506Human Rights Theory
3 (3-0)
Elective Courses (no less than 6 credits)
HPHR 510 Practical Skills for Human Rights Protection 3 (2-2)
HPHR 511 Peace, Conflict Management and Human Rights 3 (3-0)
HPHR 512 Human Rights in International Relations 3 (3-0)
HPHR 513 Selected Topics in Human Rights 3 (3-0)
HPHR 514 Independent Study 3 (0-9)
HPHR 515 Internship 3 (0-9)
Apart from the above courses, the students may take other elective courses
that are relevant to their needs, under the approval of the Program Committee.
Thesis (12 Credits)
HPHR 698 Thesis 12 (0-36)

Study Plan

Required courses 18 credits
Elective courses (no less than) 6 credits
Thesis 12 credits
Total credits of no less than 36 credits


YEAR 1 SEMESTER 1 Credit

HPHR 501 International Human Rights Standards 3

HPHR 502 Human Rights Protection Mechanisms 3

HPHR 5xx Elective Course 3

HPHR 506 Human Rights Theory3

Total 12

SEMESTER 2


HPHR 503 Current Issues in Human Rights
3

HPHR 504 Human Rights in Asia 3

HPHR 505 Research Methods in Human Rights 3

HPHR 5xx Elective Course 3

Total 12

SEMESTER 3 (summer)

HPHR 698 Thesis 12

Total 12

Course Description

Required Courses
Credits (lecture-practice)
HPHR 501 International Human Rights Standards 3 (3-0)
Development of international and regional human rights treaties and other legal and political documents on human rights. Contents of these human rights standards including: civil and political rights; social, economic and cultural rights; and rights to development and self-determination. Interpretation and applicability of rights stated in different human rights standards. Latest developments of human rights standards.
HPHR 502 Human Rights Protection Mechanisms 3 (3-0)
International and regional systems for promotion and protection of human rights. Legal, political and social mechanisms necessary for realization of human rights at the international, regional and local level. Roles of the United nations, other inter-state bodies and institution, non-governmental agencies, the media and civil society in relation to human rights. Critical assessment of the mechanism studied.
HPHR 503 Current Issues in Human Rights 3 (3-0)
Outlook on current issues related to human rights situation in the global and regional contexts, such as globalization, democratization and good governance, promotion of global free trade, development, poverty eradication, environmental conservation, forced migration, different forms of armed conflicts, etc. Impacts of these issues on violations or protection of human rights.
HPHR 504 Human Rights in Asia 3 (3-0)
Political, economic and social structures and major changes in different regions of Asia. A comprehensive overview of human rights situation in Asia. The link between these structures and human rights situation. Colonial legacies and new form of domination in Asian societies and their implication for violations or protection of human rights. Institutionalization of human rights laws in Asian countries. Establishment of a regional human rights mechanism.
HPHR 505 Research Methods in Human Rights 3 (3-0)
Overview of academic research methods, qualitative and quantitative. Training in different research methods relevant for researches on human rights, including social scientific and legal research methods. Development of student of students’ ability to formulate research problems and proposal and to conduct research. Preparation of students for their master’s thesis research.
HPHR 506Human Rights Theory3 (3-0)
Introduction to major disciplinary approaches to human rights, namely philosophical, social scientific and legal approaches. Interdisciplinary approach to the development of theories and concepts of human rights from western and non-western perspectives. Critical analysis of contemporary debates on human rights.
Elective Courses Credits (lecture-practice)
HPHR 510 Practical Skills for Human Rights Protection 3 (2-2)
Introduction to and training in practical skills for the protection of human rights including human rights monitoring, fact-finding, report writing, campaigning and advocacy. Other skills relevant to human rights  activities such as negotiating, lobbying and conflict management. Pragmatic skills in human rights project development, management and evaluation.
HPHR 511 Peace, Conflict Management and Human Rights 3 (3-0)
Concepts of peace and conflicts with emphases on conflicts of cultures, ethnicities, and natural resources management. International and domestic dimensions of conflicts. Understanding and applicability of conflict prevention, transformation, and resolution. Implications of conflict management for human rights protection.
HPHR 512 Human Rights in International Relations 3 (3-0)
Emergence and significance of human rights in international relations. Importance of international human rights norms in relation to state sovereignty. Ethical traditions in international relation based on morality, law and politics. Exploration of interrelationship between human rights, international principles and foreign policy. The use of human rights for economic and political purposes.
HPHR 513 Selected Topics in Human Rights 3 (3-0)
One or more topics in human rights selected by the Programme Director in consultation with faculty members with a strong reflection of students’ common areas of interests. Examples of topics include: human rights in arm conflicts; justice system and human rights; human rights and racial/ethnic discrimination; human rights and professional ethics; selected types of rights; selected target-based rights; etc.
HPHR 514 Independent Study 3 (0-9)
Individual study of specific topics in human rights according to student’s interests under the supervision of a faculty member.
HPHR 515 Internship 3 (0-9)
Internship with a human rights organization under co-supervision by a faculty member and a senior staff member of the selected organization. Recommended only for students with little or no working experience. Project or job description and expected level of achievement must be clearly identified prior to the internship. Students submit an internship report at the end of the semester.
Thesis
HPHR 698 Thesis 12 (0-36)
Research on a selected topic on human rights which aims at strengthening the body of knowledge and enhancing practical competence in the field of human right, under the supervision of the thesis committee.