1st semester 2013/2014

The first semester curriculum consists of:

The first semester curriculum consists of:

  • A core programme (the first stream) aimed at the plenary group of students and assessed for the purposes of the degree
  • A series of second stream activities consisting of specialised units devised for smaller groups
  • field trip

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First stream courses are organised in five Thematic Sections (subject to modification):

  • TS1: Human Rights Institutions, Mechanisms and Standards (United Nations; Council of Europe; EU; OSCE; Organisation of American States; African System; perspectives on Asia; Civil and Political Rights; Economic, Social and Cultural Rights) --- 9 ECTS
  • TS2: Globalisation, Human Rights and Development (Stakeholders in Economic Globalisation: States, International Economic Organisations, Companies, NGOs; Human Rights and Development; Business and Human Rights; Corporate Social Responsibility) --- 3 ECTS
  • TS3: Human Rights in Context: Historical, Philosophical, Religious and Anthropological Perspectives --- 4 ECTS
  • TS4: Building and Protecting Democracy (Transition and Transformation Processes; Political Participation; Electoral Processes) --- 4 ECTS
  • TS5: Human Rights, Peace and Security (Humanitarian Law; International Criminal Law; Human Security, Vulnerability and Human Rights; Field Missions; Field Trip) --- 7 ECTS

Some distinctive features of the first stream include:

  • Focused lectures on EU legislation and policies regarding human rights and democratisation
  • Special classes on human rights and democratisation in specific countries or regions
  • Simulation exercises: ECHR Moot Court, ESCR Moot Committee, ICC Moot Court, Mediation Simulation

Second stream courses consist of different components tailored to students’ academic background and interests:

  • Advanced Cluster classes that foster specialised knowledge of specific human rights issues --- 2 ECTS
  • Rolling Seminars aimed at reinforcing the foundations of law, philosophy and international relations --- 1 ECTS
  • Academic Skills classes to prepare students for exams, essay and thesis writing
  • Workshops aimed at deepening some aspects of the first stream courses
  • Practical Skill Building classes such as project management, electoral observation and digital verification
  • Semester-long student projects and initiatives

Highlights of the second stream include:

  • The EMA Human Rights Cultural/Film Festival: organised every year by a group of students on the occasion of Human Rights Day
  • Workshops and skill classes where students learn about UN human rights mandates, develop their skills to manage a project, participate in a Model UN simulation or practice how to conduct interviews in the field