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Master of International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law


Curriculum

The program content is organised into three categories:

Category 1: Compulsory core modules

  • General introduction
  • Civil and political rights
  • Economic, social and cultural rights
  • Prohibition of discrimination
  • Women’s and children’s rights
  • Rights of minorities and indigenous peoples
  • Refugees, internally displaced persons and migration
  • Individual (criminal) responsibility and state responsibility

Category 2: Elective modules (theory and skills)

  • Justice and (criminal) penalties and enforcement
  • Democracy, rule of law and administration
  • Global economy, employment and working conditions
  • Media and science
  • Conflict prevention/management
  • Fulfilment and enforcement
  • Representation of interests
  • Research and training

The compulsory and the elective modules consist of both presence and distance-learning elements. Lectures and seminars within the presence elements take place in Frankfurt (Oder) based on small-group teaching. Students are expected to prepare intensively for such lectures and seminars and carry out follow-up work through distance learning or library activity so as to consolidate the material dealt with in face-to-face teaching. The distance-learning elements are presented via an internet platform providing for an interactive study.

Category 3: Practical experience and thesis

Students enrolled in the Master’s program complete a period of practical training and experience relevant to the subject matter. This internship period is conducted within institution active in the field covered by the Master’s program or with a direct relation to it. Students are expected to organise their own internships. The Master’s Office provides maximum assistance in arranging internships.

Students write and defend a Master's thesis on an approved topic, supervised by one or more members of the Master’s Faculty or by another expert approved by the Examinations Committee. Students also have the opportunity of participating in research projects conducted by teachers and scholars affiliated with the Master’s program.