Human Rights Studies in Politics, Law and Society
Master of Arts (M.A.)
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What is this programme about?
The Department of Social and Cultural Sciences introduced an innovative master's programme in the winter semester 2018/2019: Human Rights Studies in Politics, Law and Society.
This interdisciplinary master's programme addresses graduates in the social or cultural sciences, political science, economics, communication, law or philosophy with a special interest in human rights. The master's degree in Human Rights Studies in Politics, Law and Society qualifies graduates for a professional career as an expert in human rights issues.
Students acquire skills in the fields of social science methods, legal argumentation, as well as regional and cultural variants of the concretisation of human rights and the meaning of human rights.
Objectives of the study programme
The master’s programme Human Rights Studies in Politics, Law and Society aims to prepare graduates with a strong interest in human rights and a first degree in social, cultural and/or political sciences as well as communication, economics, law and/or philosophy for a career as an expert in human rights issues.
In this interdisciplinary and social science-based programme, students critically study and analyse the historical and current institutionalisation and implementation of human rights in the fields of law, politics and civil society. Students get to know approaches from the social and political as well as from the legal sciences, methods of the social sciences and also learn to consider aspects of interculturality and diversity. In addition, students analyse the national, regional and global development of human rights from a legal, political and sociological perspective. Furthermore, students learn to identify and critically examine the developmental dynamics of society, politics and law which are influenced by the implementation and codifications of human rights. The political levels and social institutions are also relevant topics for the students. Additionally, students learn to independently conduct human rights-focused research using methods from the social sciences. Moreover, they acquire skills in presenting developments in human rights with undergirding facts and figures and in negotiating in intercultural settings.
Applicants with a foreign first degree can apply - regardless of their nationality - for a master's degree via uni-assist.de. Application starts on March 15th.
All applicants for the master's programme who apply with a German degree can do so directly via the Fulda University of Applies Sciences' application portal. This also applies regardless of nationality. The university's online application portal will open at the beginning of May.
The closing date for all applications for the winter semester 2021/2022 is September 30th.
For admission to the programme, the following documents are required:
- Proof of a successfully completed university degree in the social, cultural, political and/or sciences, communication, economics and business studies, law and/or philosophy within the area of application of the Higher Education Framework Act or from a university abroad that is deemed to be equivalent.
- Proof that you have good German and English language skills (with standardised tests such as DSH, TestDaF, TOEFL, IELTS); please ask for the level that is required in your case. DSH and TOEFL itp can be taken at the Language Centre.
- Letter of motivation in German or English stating your reasons for applying to the degree programme and outlining your professional ambitions (maximum of two pages).
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Application portal for applicants with a foreign first degree:
The master’s programme comprises ten modules that are spread over four semesters. During the first two semesters, historical and theoretical foundations in the study of human rights and human rights codifications are taught, as well as social science methods, and legal argumentation skills. Communication on and common understandings of human rights are further topics of the first study year before the students undertake a mandatory internship of at least 10 weeks in an organisation that is relevant to human rights matters. In the third semester, students can choose two out of three specialisation modules, focusing on business and labour, migration and (digital) communication. Students write their master’s thesis during the fourth semester investigating a research question developed during their internship or prior studies.
The binding rules for admission, exams and modules are defined by the examination regulations, the so-called "Prüfungsordnung", which also contains the module descriptions (only available in German).
Current semester fees amount to approximately €300 (for the Student Services, AStA, public transport ticket and administrative expenses) which must be paid each semester.
You will require around €700-800 a month to cover rent, groceries, health insurance, study materials etc. The exact amount does of course depend on your personal lifestyle.
No tuition fees
The study programme is funded by the state of Hesse. Students are not required to pay tuition fees.
If you have more questions about the cost of studying and living in Fulda, please contact the Department of Social and Cultural Sciences or the International Office.
What career opportunities do you have after graduation?
The master’s programme qualifies graduates for jobs at political foundations and think tanks, at national, international and European governmental and non-governmental organisations, in media and Public Relations, in the secretariats and committees of the human rights conventions, as well as in the area of human relations in international corporations, organisations, education institutions etc.
Furthermore, the programme can also serve as preparation for entry into the PhD programme at the Doctoral Research Centre in Social Sciences with a focus on Globalisation, European Integration and Interculturality at Fulda University of Applied Sciences.
Questions about the Study programme? Please contact us!
Please do not hesitate to get in touch with Prof. Dr. Matthias Klemm by email to: matthias.klemm(at)sk.hs-fulda.de. You can also ask for an online meeting.
Programme start in October 2021
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