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|Posted: Mon Jul 21, 2008 5:18 pm Post subject: MA in Human Rights and Genocide Studies
|**Master of Arts in Human Rights and Genocide Studies (academic year
A consortium of European universities is pleased to announce the start of a new joint post-graduate degree programme in human rights and genocide studies. The programme aims to provide participants with a deep
understanding of the problem of mass violence and to equip them with
interdisciplinary skills to allow them to make a real contribution to its
avoidance and dealing with its aftermath. This is a unique interdisciplinary postgraduate degree programme and the first of its kind in Europe, involving a number of European institutions and offering a curriculum which is international in design, scope and content.
*Consortium partners and teaching staff*
The participating institutions are: Kingston University (London), Viadrina
European University (Frankfurt (Oder)), the University of Siena and
Collegium Civitas (Warsaw). This joint programme also has the cooperative support of the University of Uppsala and the Centre d'Etudes et Recherches Internationales (CERI) (Sciences Po, Paris).
Programme coordinators are: Prof. Philip Spencer (Kingston), Prof. Ilaria
Favretto (Kingston), Prof. Gerard C. Rowe (Viadrina), Dr. Carmen Thiele
(Viadrina), Prof. Marcello Flores (Siena) and Prof. Jadwiga Koralewicz
(Warsaw). They are joined by a large team of internationally recognised
experts from various relevant disciplines.
*Curriculum and module streams*
The programme runs over three semesters. Students will study at least two partner universities (starting at either Kingston or Viadrina). The
programme is organized into 7 module streams, with total credit point value of 90 ECTS (180 UK credits).
The curriculum is interdisciplinary with primary emphasis on law, political
science, history and dispute resolution. An important place is given both to
practice (including an internship) and to academic research (including a
The module streams are:
• Human rights protection — legal and institutional frameworks
• Case studies in genocide and mass violence
• Research methods
• Responses to mass atrocities — legal measures, peacekeeping and
• Humanitarian intervention — legal and institutional protection
• Internship with an organisation related to the subject of the programme
Successful students obtain the academic degree of 'Master of Arts in Human Rights and Genocide Studies' (M.A.), jointly awarded by Kingston University (London), Viadrina European University (Frankfurt (Oder)), the University of Siena and Collegium Civitas (Warsaw).
The programme is aimed at graduates in a range of disciplines (law, social
sciences, politics etc.) either already working in or seeking a career in
the field of international or national human rights protection, conflict
prevention and response to problems of genocide and other phenomena of mass violence. It provides an ideal preparation for work with a wide range of international organisations (e.g., UN, UNHCR, ICC, OSCE, International Committee of the Red Cross), national organisations (e.g., human rights offices, foreign service, defence and foreign aid sectors, national Red Cross/Red Crescent) and NGOs (e.g. amnesty international, Human Rights Watch). It will also provide a basis for future academic work, in particular for those aiming to prepare a doctoral thesis in this field.
*Application process and deadlines*
Admission qualifications and the application form are available from:
Applications are made through Kingston University, London
*Tuition fee and scholarships*
The registration fee for full Master's programme is 9,750 EUR (not including travel or accommodation). The partner institutions will assist participants as far as possible in obtaining scholarships. Applicants are strongly encouraged to seek financial support themselves where needed.
Semester 1 will start at:
• at Kingston University, London: 29 September 2008
• at Viadrina European University, Frankfurt (Oder): 13 October 2008
*Further information and contact*
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