At a Glance
Degree: Mas­ter of Arts (M.A.)
Credit Points: 90
Length of Study: 4 terms ex­tra-oc­cupa­tio­nal
Study Places: 25
Start Date: September
Application Deadline: May 31st
The Mas­ters Pro­gram­ in Go­ver­nan­ce and Hu­man Rights con­nects the theo­ry of sci­ence with its practical application. In se­ven mo­du­les, the stu­dents will learn to ana­ly­ze and un­der­stand le­gal and po­li­ti­cal theo­ries of governance and in­ter­na­tio­nal and re­gio­nal human rights regimes and how they are in­ter­re­la­ted. The stu­dents and scho­lars of the Mas­ter of Go­ver­nan­ce and Hu­man Rights will de­sign, plan, or­ga­ni­ze, and rea­li­ze their own project ad­dres­sing a prac­tical chal­len­ge re­la­ted to the field of go­ver­nan­ce and hu­man rights.
Project-based learning is of cen­tral im­port­an­ce for the pro­gram­. The stu­dents will learn to con­cep­tua­li­ze and cont­ri­bu­te to so­ci­al chan­ge and ac­qui­re the de­sign and com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on skills to ad­apt theo­re­ti­cal ap­proa­ches to go­ver­nan­ce and hu­man rights to their pro­fes­sio­nal working en­vi­ron­ment, e.g. as part of cor­po­ra­te so­ci­al re­s­pon­si­bi­li­ty (CSR) or sustainable de­ve­lop­ment po­li­cies. They will be taught and su­per­vi­sed by out­stan­ding and re­now­ned in­ter­na­tio­nal hu­man rights aca­de­mics, prac­ti­tio­ners and ex­pe­ri­en­ced pro­ject coa­ches.
Earn a Master of Governance and Human Rights
Clas­ses are sche­du­led on ten days in a se­mes­ter. You can com­ple­te the cour­se as­si­gn­ments by working with stu­dy ma­te­ri­als (books, lec­tu­re no­tes, dis­tan­ce-learning) be­fo­re and af­ter class. This enables an op­ti­mum com­bi­na­ti­on of stu­dy-time and pro­fes­sio­nal life.
Why Governance and Human Rights?
The pro­gram­’s fo­cus is ba­sed on the pre­mi­se that go­ver­nan­ce and hu­man rights re­cipro­cal­ly rein­force one-ano­ther. Yet, the translation and integration of concepts and theories into practical strategies is lar­ge­ly mis­sing in most ap­p­lied pro­jects or po­li­cies. Go­ver­nan­ce prin­ci­ples such as ac­coun­ta­bi­li­ty, trans­pa­ren­cy, and par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on have to be lin­ked to hu­man rights norms and stan­dards.
Con­ver­se­ly, the rea­liza­t­i­on, and im­ple­men­ta­ti­on of hu­man rights de­pends on the ad­he­rence to go­ver­nan­ce prin­ci­ples. The pro­gram­ fur­ther in­clu­des and re­flects on the role of new go­ver­nan­ce ac­tors in the fiel­ds in­flu­en­cing the rea­liza­t­i­on of hu­man rights, such as mul­ti­na­tio­nal com­pa­nies, ci­vil so­cie­ty, and in­ter­na­tio­nal or­ga­niza­t­i­ons.