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"Human Rights may sound quite specific, but it is actually very broad. You learn a lot from different sectors and aspects. I’m very interested in law, especially tied to migration."- Hedvig Obenius
Students enjoying the cafeteria and study area inside Gäddan 8.
This three-year bachelor's programme provides students with basic knowledge of human rights and how they are applied and affected by the world we live in.
The concept of human rights has a legal content, namely that the state has the obligation to, in accordance to agreements in international law, implement these rights for individuals at national level. The state also has the obligation to protect individuals from violations and abuses.
The human rights concept deals with
In addition to compulsory courses of human rights and international relations, you will have the opportunity to carry out an internship or optional courses in Sweden or abroad. This means you are able to get valuable practical experience in the fields of human rights work, as well as the possibility to develop and create networks and contacts with relevant organisations.
Hedvig Obenius divides her time between Malmö and London, is a student on the BA programme in Human Rights and thinks Malmö University offers a broad selection of courses to choose between.
|A deciding factor for Hedvig Obenius was that the programme is taught in English and offers the opportunity to go abroad for a year, including an internship for one semester.|
“I chose the programme for different reasons. I’m 28 and it felt like it was time to get a degree. I’m interested in human rights as it is something that comes up and is relevant in all of society. I have my second home in England, my family and a house, and Malmö is in a convenient location – I fly to the UK from Copenhagen airport once a month.”
Before starting the bachelor’s degree programme Hedvig lived for four years in the UK, one year in France, had worked as a project manager at a British micro brewery, with environmental issues for one of Ericson’s suppliers, and studied a short course online offered by Umeå University.
“I enrolled in that course to see what studying was like, and then applied to the Human Rights BA at Malmö University as I thought it looked like a good programme. It may sound quite specific, but it is actually very broad. You learn a lot from different sectors and aspects. I’m very interested in law, especially tied to migration.”
Another deciding factor for Hedvig was that Malmö University doesn’t chare the high tuition fees English universites do, and that the programme is taught in English and offers the opportunity to go abroad for a year, including an internship for one semester. She also finds it stimulating to meet students from all over the world.
“I like the culture at Malmö University, that professors and management are open to hearing from the students, our feedback matters.”
As for the future, she still thinks it’s a bit early to say. She’s only on her second semester of the programme, but the modules have given her a few ideas about what she might want to do next.”
“I’ve thought about supplementing my degree with studies in law and maybe work as an adviser for civilians – I don’t have any illusions about saving the world but I know I would like to work with migration issues or within the legal system.
Human Rights provides a good foundation for further studies at the master's level. After graduation you will be qualified to work with legal, political or ethical issues within the sphere of human rights at international organisations, voluntary organisations or public authorities.
The programme was established 02 March 2007.
This programme syllabus (version 9) was approved 27 February 2013 by the Board of Studies at Faculty of Culture and Society.
The syllabus is valid from 02 September 2013. Replacement for programme syllabus ratified 07 November 2012.