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MA in Applied Human Rights The MA focuses on the use of rights discourse and tools within the human rights mainstream and in a range of related fields (development, humanitarianism, conflict transformation, public health etc.). As such, it is designed for practitioners and would-be practitioners across this spectrum who wish to engage with applied human rights. The MA will address a paradox. Human rights is currently subject to critique on familiar territory, such as civil liberties in the post 911 era, and is expanding rapidly into new areas such as those detailed above. This context provides exciting new opportunities and fundamental challenges. The MA in Applied Human Rights is distinctive in four main ways: ? it is tailored to equip human rights defenders and would-be defenders to navigate the paradox (critique on the one hand expansion on the other) ? its focus is applied ? for example, the international human rights defenders hosted by the Centre will be thoroughly integrated into the learning experience on offer ? the MA is interdisciplinary in both its core and optional modules. The MA provides a solid grounding in international human rights law and relevant practical skills (monitoring and report writing project management and evaluation advocacy etc.), as well as the capacity to engage with the political and social contexts that facilitate human rights abuse and advancement. ? an international field visit to South Africa takes place in the first term. The MA structure has three components: compulsory modules, and an inner and outer ring of options. In total, students need to complete five modules (two compulsory, in the first term one compulsory, running over three terms two options in the second term). A dissertation will fulfill the requirements for an MA. This structure has been chosen so as to maximize the choice available to students, but to guide the selection process in a constructive way eg: indicating where modules are practice-based and where they are not. The three compulsory modules are: ?defending human rights? ?key debates in human rights? and ?law, public policy and human rights?. The compulsory modules reflect the two sides to activism - the strategies employed and the debates, institutions and political structures activism seeks to influence - and will engage with all facets of the paradox outlined above. In the second term students will be able to take two options. An inner ring of optional modules will share the characteristics of the MA (practice based interdisciplinary). Three modules will explore areas where rights are being used in new and innovative ways (?conflict and human rights?, ?development and human rights? `health and human rights?). Students must take at least one module from the inner ring, and may take both of their options from this selection if they wish to do so. An outer ring of options will feature other human rights related courses offered at the University. A two week field visit to Cape Town, South Africa, takes place in December. The visit will be based on partnerships with local organisations. Students, in small groups, will be expected to forge a relationship with one organisation, which will develop over the course of the year of the MA. This will involve: 1) extensive background research on country context, host organisations, relevant thematic issues etc 2) devising a project prior to the field visit, in collaboration with the host organisation 3) two weeks intensive work in South Africa in December and then 4) ongoing discussions about project completion once students return to York. Those who are unable to go to South Africa (due to financial constraints, visa problems etc.), are assisted to find UK-based internships. Such internships could be undertaken on a day-a-week basis (if the organisation is in or near York) or in blocks of time over the year. The practical experience, whether in the form of the South African field visit or local internship, will

MA in Applied Human Rights The MA focuses on the use of rights discourse and tools within the human rights mainstream and in a range of related fields (development, humanitarianism, conflict transformation, public health etc.). As such, it is designed for practitioners and would-be practitioners across this spectrum who wish to engage with applied human rights. The MA will address a paradox....

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