In recent years there has been a growing academic and practical interest in human rights and in a separate but related issue of genocide, with an increasing concern with how genocide might be prevented or halted. The European Master of Arts in Human Rights and Genocide Studies Program is concerned directly with these major themes of our time. This Program is a unique inter-disciplinary MA degree program, the first of its kind in Europe. It is taught in 4 universities:
Collegium Civitas, Warsaw (Poland)
European University-Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder) (Germany)
Kingston University, London (UK)
Siena University, Siena (Italy)
Students will spend the first semester of their studies either at Kingston University in London or at the European University-Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder). During the second semester they will study at any of the four universities, different from the one where they studied during the first semester. In the third semester, students will complete an internship and write their dissertation under the supervision of a professor from the chosen university.
Home and European Union 2012/13 : MA full time £7,310; Overseas (not EU) 2012/13: MA full time £12,550
The program is divided into 7 streams and each stream is further divided into modules (courses). Whereas same streams are taught at all participating universities, the particular modules vary. This is to ensure that all students will receive the same quality education in Human Rights and Genocide Studies, while being able to deepen their interests and choose from a wide selection of modules provided by the participating institutions.
The first semester
Stream 1: Human Rights Legal and Institutional Frameworks
Stream 2: Case Studies in Genocide and Mass Violence
Stream 3: Research Methods
Stream 4: Responses to Mass Atrocities Legal Measures, Peacekeeping and Reconciliation
The second semester
Stream 1: Human Rights Legal and Institutional Frameworks (cont.)
Stream 2: Case Studies in Genocide and Mass Violence (cont.)
Stream 4: Responses to Mass Atrocities Legal Measures, Peacekeeping and Reconciliation (cont.)
Stream 5: Humanitarian Intervention Legal and Institutional Protection
The third semester
Stream 6: Internship
Stream 7: Dissertation
The consortium universities have secured internship placements for all students in various national and international agencies and organizations. Nevertheless, each student may individually arrange her/his internship (upon approval of the Program Director).
Students will choose a supervisor for their dissertation from any of the participating universities, according to their research field. Students may also be able to choose a supervisor from one of the associated universities.
Students who will decide to spend one semester of their studies at Collegium Civitas will be able to choose four modules or more from the following:
Human rights organizations
Legal problems of human rights
Holocaust and genocide
Truth and reconciliation
Holocaust memory and impact
International negotiations and responsibility to protect
Techniques of negotiation
These courses are thought by the most prominent scholars and practitioners including Marek Antoni Nowicki, former UNs international ombudsman for Kosovo; Dr Ryszard Zóltaniecki, former Ambassador of Poland to Greece and Cyprus; and Dr Maciej Kozlowski, former Ambassador of Poland to Israel.
No work experience is required.
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Collegium Civitas is a relatively young university (founded in 1997) located in the very centre of Warsaw, the capital of Poland. Despite its age, it has earned a deserved reputation of an exceptional place to study international relations, social and political sciences in English. In Central and East Europe it is one of the very best if it comes to a variety and quality of offered courses and programs taught in English. Collegium Civitas is entitled to award BA, MA and PhD degrees.