Human Rights: Few other concepts-legal, political or moral-can compete with `human rights´ as an emblem of modernity and globalisation. It brings forward dreams of freedom as well as fears of foreign domination and it refers to actually existing international law and associated legal and political mechanisms as well as processes of far-reaching social and cultural change.
This Theory and Practice of Human Rights programme at University of Oslo focuses on human rights in both theory and practice from legal, historical, philosophical, political and social science-based perspectives. Students are provided with specialised knowledge about human rights law, including the relationship between that law and other types of human rights initiatives and activities.
Human rights are approached as an element of public international law, at global and regional levels, and the different forms of implementation-international, regional, and national-are examined. They are also contextualised within a social science perspective and knowledge about and understanding of the normative and institutional framework, contemporary issues relating to terrorism, religion, ethnicity, women and development are studied in different courses. There will be opportunities to do practical work (mock trials, internships) and discussions about human rights as social and cultural practices are included in the courses. The final part of the programme consists in writing a thesis through which the students acquire methodological and practical skills well suited to match a growing demand for professionals with a background in human rights.
This Master's programme gives you a solid basis for professional and practical human rights work, for instance in government agencies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) as well as research work at institutions for higher learning.
Former students of the programme include human rights field workers, employees of non-governmental organizations, judges, researchers and teachers as well as experts serving in the ministries of central governments and agencies for development cooperation.
Former students, both Norwegian and International, work today for institutions and companies in Norway like the Refugee Council of Norway, the Rainforest Foundation, Plan Norway, the Directorate for Immigration, the Council on Ethics. Outside Norway former students work among others for the organisation Médecins sans Frontières and for different UN Organizations.
During Term I, students are required to follow three mandatory courses:
During Term II, students are required to attend two mandatory courses:
In addition, students should choose one elective course. Elective courses offered by the NCHR are the following:
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Admission to master's degree studies requires:
At least one and a half years (90 ECTS-credits) of your bachelor's studies must be in law, a social science (i.e., political science, anthropology or sociology), philosophy, history or a related field as long as the study in question includes courses that are relevant for the study of human rights. A combination of these subjects is also possible.
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