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PhD in Human Rights and Peace Studies (International Program)

The PhD in Human Rights and Peace Studies (International Program) provides mid-career professionals or researchers and opportunity to deepen their knowledge in human rights and peace studies and to undertake a major research project in these areas. The PhD Program, which began in 2006, is one of the few interdisciplinary PhDs in human rights and peace in the world, and is recognized for its innovative study program. The medium of teaching is English.

Objectives

As the only PhD in human rights and peace in Asia, this Program offers its students a unique opportunity to engage, in depth, with the important issues of human rights and peace in the world today. The objectives of the Program are to produce graduates who:

  • Have thorough knowledge of theories and concepts of human rights and peace
  • Have highly qualifies research skills and an ability to manage complex research projects
  • Are capable of applying their knowledge of human rights and peace, in a practical way, to real life situations.

Program Structure

Students are required to complete two semesters of coursework (taking one year) followed by three to five semesters of research to finish their PhD thesis. The coursework is seminar based, for which students will work closely with noted academics and practitioners of human rights and peace from Asia and other regions.

1. Students with master degree in one of the program’s core area:

Required Courses 12 credits
Dissertation 36 credits
Total 48 credits

2. Students with master degree in any other fields than the program’s core area:

Required Courses 18 credits
Dissertation 36 credits
Total 54 credits

The coursework consists of the following subjects:

Required Courses
Credits (lecture-practice)
HPHP 610 Human Rights Theory
3 (3-0)
HPHP 611 Human Rights Standards and Mechanisms 3 (3-0)
HPHP 612 Theories of Peace and Conflict 3 (3-0)
HPHP 613 Conflict and Security 3 (3-0)
HPHP 614 Seminar on Human Rights and Peace Studies 3 (3-0)
HPHP 616 Research Methods II 3 (3-0)

HPHP 610 & HPHP 611 (Exempt for students with a Masters in this area)
HPHP 612 & HPHP 613 (Exempt for students with a Masters in this area)

Elective Courses

Students may take elective courses from one of the MA courses offered by Institute of  Human Rights and Peace Studies or one of the following courses offered by other Faculties/Institutes in Mahidol University.

College of Religious Studies
* Doctor of Philosophy Program in Religious Studies (International Program)

CRRS601 Inter-religious Dialogue
3 (3-0)
CRRS602 Religion and Culture
3 (3-0)
CRRS603 Religion and Society 3 (3-0)
CRRS626 Religion and Politics 3 (3-0)
CRRS627 Religion and Ethics
3 (3-0)

Institute for Population and Social Research
* Master of Arts Program in Population and Reproductive Health Research (International Program)

PRRH565 Statistics for Social Analysis 3 (3-0)
PRRH637 Communicating Population and Health Research... 3 (3-0)
* Doctor of Philosophy Program in Demography (International Program)
PRDE663 Advanced Analysis of Migration 3 (3-0)
PRPR575 Population and Development 3 (3-0)

Faculty of Environment and Resource Studies
* Master of Science Program in Natural Resource Management (International Program)

ENRM514 Conflict Resolution Management 3 (2-2)

Dissertation

HPHP 699 Dissertation 36/48 (0-108/144)

Study Plan

YEAR 1 SEMESTER 1 Credit

HPHP 610 Philosophy and Politics of Human Rights
3(3-0) 3

HPHP 611 Human Rights Standards and Mechanisms
3(3-0) 3

HPHP 612 Theories of Peace and Conflict 3(3-0) 3

XXXX XXX  Elective (Optional) 3(3-0) 3


Total 3/6/9/12

SEMESTER 2

HPHP 613 Conflict and Security 3(3-0) 3

HPHP 614 Seminar on Human Rights and Peace Studies 3(3-0) 3

HPHP 615 Research Methods I 3(3-0) 3

HPHP 616 Research Methods II 3(3-0) 3


Total 6/9/12
YEAR 2
SEMESTER 1

QUALIFYING EXAMINATION


SEMESTER 2

HPHP 699 Dissertation
(0-108/144)


Total 36/48
YEAR 3 SEMESTER 1

HPHP 699 Dissertation (0-108/144)


Total 36/48

SEMESTER 2

HPHP 699 Dissertation (0-108/144)


Total 36/48




HPHP 610 & HPHP 611 (Exempt for students with a Masters in this area)
HPHP 612 & HPHP 613 (Exempt for students with a Masters in this area)
XXXX XXX Elective (Require for Students with bachelor degree)
HPHP 615 Research Methods I (Require for Students with bachelor degree)
HPHP 699 Dissertation 48 Credit (Require for Students with bachelor degree)

Course descriptions

Required Courses
Credits (lecture-practice)
(1) Human Rights
HPHP 610 Human Rights Theory 3 (3-0)
Key concepts underpinning human rights, including rights, duties, dignity, and liberty. Major philosophical background to the emergence of human rights from both the western Enlightenment and non-western sources. Analysis of political debates in human rights, such as universality, sovereignty, and group rights.
HPHP 611 Human Rights Standards and Mechanisms 3 (3-0)
Introduction of the standards and promotion of human rights, including the main international and regional human rights treaties and other legal and political documents on human rights.  Interpretation and applicability of the rights stated in different human rights standards.  The international and regional systems for the promotion and protection of human rights, from the roles of the United Nations, other inter-state bodies and institutions, and non-governmental agencies. Main protection bodies of Human Rights at the UN level, regional level, and national level.
(2) Peace Studies
HPHP 612 Theories of Peace and Conflict 3 (3-0)
Examination of central and contemporary theories of peace and conflict studies. Historical development from the emergence of peace and conflict studies after World War Two to contemporary research and theory in this area. Analysis of peace and conflict from political, development, human rights, and security disciplines, among others. Analyze the major schools of peace and conflict resolution such as non violence, mediation, and peacekeeping.
HPHP 613 Conflict and Security 3 (3-0)
Examination of the transformation of conflict throughout contemporary history, and also differences on a geographic, cultural, and political level. The nature of conflict on an international level, and the distinctions with intra-state and community level conflict. Theories of war and security, and contemporary responses from the fields of human rights, human security, and peace studies. Examination of major sources of conflict and the responses to these causes. Examine peace and conflict in relationship to international law, diplomacy, and international organizations.
(3) PhD Seminars on Current Issues
HPHP 614 Seminar on Current Issues in Human Rights and Peace Studies 3 (3-0)
Seminar integrating the learning from human rights and peace studies. Examination of current issues such as globalization, democratization, good governance, development, poverty eradication, migration issues, human security, terrorism, religion, conflict transformation, humanitarian intervention, peacekeeping, development and conflict, etc. Impacts of these issues on violations or protection of human rights and peace transformation. Meaningful input from students are strongly required.
(4) Research Methods
HPHP 615 Research Methods I 3 (3-0)
Overview of academic research methods. Training in different research methods relevant for researchers on human rights and peace studies, including social scientific, field work and legal research methods.  Development of students’ ability to formulate research problems and proposals and to conduct research.  Preparation of students for managing their PhD research project. Components of data collection methods, data analysis, social science statistics, research ethics, writing the thesis.
HPHP 616 Research Methods II 3 (3-0)
Training in different research methods relevant for researchers on human rights and peace studies, including field work and statistics.  Development of field practices and issues arising from the field. Introduction to policy studies.  Preparation of students for managing their PhD research project. Components of data analysis, social science statistics and project planning.
Elective Courses
CRRS 601 Inter-religious Dialogue 3 (3-0)
Dialogue between major religions of the world is a significant phenomenon of the modern world. This course aims at a study and a reflection on the goals, methods and principles, proposed and actual, of current inter-religious dialogue; Buddhist/Christian and Buddhist/Muslim dialogues in Thailand and Asia will be studies as examples of the dialogical process between religions.
CRRS 602 Religion and Culture 3 (3-0)
A study of man’s search for transcendence in primal and modern societies; the role of religion in the life-styles and cultures of Southeast Asia; contributions of cultural anthropology to the study of religious phenomena in Southeast Asia.
CRRS 603 Religion and Society 3 (3-0)
A sociological approach to the study of religion. The emphasis is on both sociological theories of religion and study of the social realities of specific religions in Southeast Asian societies.
CRRS 626 Religion and Politics 3 (3-0)
Political dimension of religious experience in the modern world with concentration on the examination of the responses of major religious traditions in Southeast Asia to political issues such as the problem of poverty, welfare and religious freedom.
CRRS 627 Religion and Ethics 3 (3-0)
The sources and content of religious ethics, and their common and different principles. An analysis of the difference between religious and secular ethics and its implications for people in changing societies.
PRRH 565 Statistics for Social Analysis
A general introduction to the standard statistical methods used in the social science research. Both descriptive and inferential uses of statistics are discussed. Statistical techniques to be discussed include bivariate and multivariate analysis. The emphasis of the course is on understanding the logic of the techniques and ability to interpret statistical results. Students undertake exercises using the different methods, with the examples drawn from data dealing with reproductive health. In addition, computer programs for data analysis such as SPSS PC+ are also taught.
PRRH 637 Communicating Population and Health Research to Policymakers : Bridging the Research-to Policy 3 (3-0)
Policy formation and improving the use of research findings for policymakers, policy formation process and formulate research related to policy, develop policy-level communication strategies and action plans from research findings.   
PRDE 663 Advanced Analysis of Migration 3 (3-0)
Patterns and differences of migration within countries and across countries, population distribution and movement. Theories of migration, problems and techniques in measurement, methods of analysis. Effects of socio-economic status on migration and the impact of migration on social and economic characteristics, urban structure, urbanization, and the relationship between social factors, economic factors, population variables and urban expansion.
PRPR 575 Population and Development 3 (3-0)
Theories and contradictions of relationships between population change and development, such as patterns of population structure, current and past development patterns in developing countries, and research on population and development. Main issues of contemporary problems in population and development such as basic needs of life, unemployment, slum problem, and agriculturists’ land tenure.
ENRM 514 Conflict Resolution Management 3 (2-2)
Nature and development of conflicts. Types of conflict. Theories and concepts of conflict management and peace making. Assessment of conflicting situation and issues. Options and scenarios of solutions possible and applicable for actual case studies of conflicts arisen in the region and have been related to environmental resource utilization
Dissertation
HPHP 699 Dissertation 36/48 (0-108/144)
Research on a selected topic on human rights and peace studies which aims at strengthening the body of knowledge and enhancing practical competence in the field of human rights, under the supervision of the thesis committee.