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Human Rights and Genocide Studies MA

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  • Entry requirements
    This postgraduate degree is anchored in a set of values that challenge the murderous thinking behind genocide – which always involves the designation of others who must be eliminated because they do not, supposedly, belong in a given society. It will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to make that challenge more effective and successful.
  • Academic Title
    Human Rights and Genocide Studies MA
  • Course description
    A unique programme
    The joint European MA in Human Rights and Genocide Studies is a unique inter-disciplinary postgraduate degree programme. The first of its kind in Europe, it will be taught simultaneously in four universities:

    -Kingston University in London (UK)
    -Siena University (Italy)
    -Viadrina European University in Frankfurt an der Oder (Germany)
    -Collegium Civitas in Warsaw (Poland)

    Additional optional courses will be available in Uppsala University (Sweden) and the Danish Institute for International Studies in Copenhagen (Denmark).

    You will take courses in at least two of these universities during an 18-month study programme.

    Course programme
    The course includes a substantial internship and dissertation element, designed to enable you to engage in advanced study and connect theoretical knowledge with practical experience. You will develop a range of important skills and learn how to:

    -work effectively with a wide range of organisations in the field;
    -identify early warning signs of the possibility of genocide; and
    -make an effective contribution to efforts to prevent genocide and encourage conflict resolution and processes of reconciliation.

    Key issues addressed include the meaning and definition of genocide; case studies in genocide and mass violence; humanitarian intervention; human rights protection; responses to mass atrocities; peacekeeping and reconciliation; and genocide prevention.

    Course structure
    Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

    Core modules
    -The Meaning of Genocide
    -Genocide Prevention
    -Research Methods
    -Internship
    -Dissertation

    Options on offer at Kingston include:
    -The Politics of Mass Murder
    -The Holocaust
    -Genocide in Rwanda
    -Genocide in the former Yugoslavia
    -Frameworks and Foundations of Human Rights
    -The Meaning and Protection of Human Rights
    -Humanitarian Intervention
    -Conflict Resolution

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