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Master of Arts in Human Rights & Genocide Studies

Please note this course is currently suspended until 2015

In recent years there has been a growing academic and practical interest in human rights and the separate but related issue of genocide, with an increasing concern with how genocide might be prevented or halted. The Master of Arts in Human Rights and Genocide Studies is concerned directly with these major issues of our time.

This modular 18 month postgraduate programme is taught at the following European institutions:

It is a unique inter-disciplinary postgraduate degree programme and the first of its kind in Europe, involving a number of European institutions and offering a curriculum which is international in design, scope and content. At its heart lie a set of key questions, such as:

  • how human rights and genocide have been conceptualised;
  • where these ideas come from and how they have developed over time;
  • where human rights are recognised and where they are violated;
  • how human rights are guaranteed and protected;
  • how human rights are challenged and undermined;
  • how and why genocide occurs and how it might be prevented and halted.

The programme also aims to provide students with practical professional skills needed to work in this field, to influence policy makers, and to build international communities and networks which can support human rights and help to prevent or halt genocide.

Video about an overview of the course

Video Ruti Frensdorff

Collegium Civitas Warsaw Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) Kingston University London Università degli Studi di Siena

Practical introduction...

"This course provides an outstanding practical introduction to the real world in which we have to operate if we are going to prevent genocide in the future."

Frank Chalk, President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars from 1999 to 2001

Educating people...

"Genocide can absolutely be prevented if there is will. It is educating people about how to prevent it that is crucial and that is why programmes like this are essential."

Alex Hinton, Director of the Centre for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights at Rutgers University, US

Creation of this course was supported by the European Commission