The aim of the LLM (Human Rights) program is to provide a critical appreciation of human rights in the context of international and comparative developments. It aims to engender excellent research and writing skills that can promote a human rights culture on the basis of multi-culturalism and inclusion. The objective of the program is promote a human rights culture in which issues connected to colonialism, eurocentrism, racism, sexism are understood and form part of the future agenda.
The Aims and Objectives of the LLM Human Rights are to
The LLM (Human Rights) offers a broad range of existing modules. In addition to the core module International Human Rights, a range of options including Law and Development, Islam and Human Rights, Women and the Law, Rights and Remedies, International Refugee law, International Environmental Law, International Trade Law, Law of Armed conflict and Contemporary issues in Police Studies are offered.
The LLM (Human Rights) at UEL will be a distinctive programme for the following reasons
The LLM in Human Rights offers a combination of academic studies and practical/professional expertise which makes it an attractive student option
Students undertake four modules and a dissertation. In addition to the core modules, International Human Rights and Current Issues and Research in International Law, candidates take at least one module from the following: Law and Development, Islam and Human Rights, , International Refugee law, International Environmental Law, Law of the World Trade Organization, Minority Rights under International Law, International Criminal Law, Business and Human Rights and War and Human Rights
Candidates may choose their fourth module from any one of the above or from any other LLM module. The Dissertation must be deemed by the Dissertation committee to be in the Human Rights area.
Module Lectures/Seminar/s, workshops and human rights seminars with external experts, day school, optional placements, external visits by experts and proposed overseas study.
All modules are research based involving coursework. Students take four modules of 30 credits each for which they submit their coursework of approx. 7,000 words at the end of the respective semester. The LLM dissertation accounts for 60 credits involving a 15,000 word essay. The full time students normally complete the 180 credits requirements in one academic year while part time students complete the same in two years.
Students are welcome to negotiate projects/assignments as work-based initiatives but the supervision offered is the same as for other coursework.
Day School and dissertation seminars provide the opportunity for students to develop their own ideas, research specific topics. Though classroom presentations involve joint study and research, the nature of postgraduate research (and concerns over plagiarism) does not provide scope for formal collaborative research projects.
Qualifications for admission are a good degree in law, the social sciences or the humanities or another appropriate degree. Professional qualifications will also be taken in account. Applicants whose first language is not English or who have not studied for the first degree in English medium require IELTS at 6.5 or its equivalent.
Students that apply to enter stages of the programme may be admitted through normal Accreditation of Experiential Learning (AEL) or Accreditation of Certificated Learning (ACL) processes, or through an approved articulation agreement. Therefore such applicants must be able to demonstrate and evidence that they have the required learning outcomes as listed in the modules for which they are seeking exemption.
No work experience is required.
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