"The programme has provided me with a greater understanding of social development. As a student, I have gone from being a spectator of society to better understand human rights and their relation to societal development." – Matilda Andersson, student
The issue of human rights is constantly relevant. By studying them, their importance, history and implementation, we are provided with the opportunity to fully understand current events in the public debate, ranging from migration and children's rights to global crime and criminal law. In this programme, we take a look at the local and international role of human rights, and their role in public authorities, organisations and businesses. The role of human rights in democracies and oppressive regimes will also be studied.
This three-year bachelor's programme provides you with an in-depth knowledge of human rights and how they are applied and affected by the world we live in. This is a multi-disciplinary programme, which focuses on viewing human rights in three perspectives:
What role doles human rights play in international law? How have these rights changed from common held moral norms to law, and what has happened as a result?
How are international communities and governments addressing these rights? We look at this from a sociological and political perspective.
What questions are raised by these rights? Who decides which rights predominate, and what is the significance of having rights?
During the programme students can choose to do an internship, study abroad or take elective courses. This provides you with the opportunity to deepen your knowledge and get practical experience in human rights work, as well as the chance to develop relationships and network with people and organisations in the industry.
The diversity of the programme combined with its multidisciplinary focus provides you with competences attractive in numerous sectors in a constantly growing labour market. You will be able to work with legal, political or ethical issues, as well as to continue at a master’s level.
Future employers might include private sector businesses, local and international organisations and agencies as well as national authorities and government organisations.
Studying Human Rights gives you a platform for a career in organisations such as the UN, Amnesty International and the European Union.
For Edoardo Iacobelli, studying human rights seemed to be a perfect way of making a profession out of his interest for international issues. When the time came to pick a bachelor’s programme, Malmö University seemed to be the perfect fit, located in a genuinely multicultural city.
“Studying Human Rights is fascinating; we do get the full spectrum of it all. The political and legal, aswell as the more philosophical perspective. I have always been very interested in social change, and I want to work with something that has a demonstrable effect on people’s lives, this programme has opened doors for me to do that.
“My ambition has always been to work with politics, and I wanted to study something versatile and substantial, and that’s why I chose this programme. Once I started, it was the legal aspect that caught my interest, and my goal now is to work with international law in combination with my degree in Human Rights. I find that this programme encourages us to work with different spheres
within human rights, not just politics.”
Studying human rights means you have to put in the hours, but it’s not all lectures and homework. One of the advantages of studying in Malmö is that you are very close to the issues at hand. Since moving here, Edoardo has become Chairman of Amnesty’s Malmö section.
“Malmö is a big activist city and offers a spectrum of organisations to get involved in if you are passionate about human rights. It’s a great place to meet like-minded people interested in humanitarian issues who want to make a difference.”
The programme consists primarily of lectures, seminars and group work, all led by great teachers, says Edoardo:
“If I could give some advice for prospective students it would be to pick the brains of the teachers, soak up as much information as you can. The professors are great, and lecturers are never afraid to have discussions in class. You can tell it’s not just about one-way communication.“
For Matilda Andersson, moving to a new town and studying full time was not an easy choice to make. “I think a lot of students are hesitant, it’s a bit of a gamble. What I would like to say to them is: just go for it! You won’t regret it for a second.”
Not having studied at university before, Matilda was looking for a broad programme that offers specialisation in a variety of fields. She enjoys that the programme in Human Rights provides its students with several perspectives including politics, law and philosophy.
“I have travelled a lot, and that affected my view of society and development and sparked an interest in human rights. The programme has provided me with a greater understanding of social development. As a student, I have gone from being a spectator of society to better understand human rights and
their relation to societal development.
“I felt attracted to the university's profile. It is a modern university, and I had heard great things. You do get a bit extra out of studying human rights in Malmö – international and social issues are discussed very openly here.
“During the autumn 2015 I helped a movement in town working with refugees, and have since realised the number of organisations in the area focusing on humanitarian and international issues. I think that says a lot about this city.”
Largely consisting of lectures, seminars and group work, the programme also provides students with the opportunity to choose elective courses, or do an internship or exchange studies abroad. Matilda took this opportunity to choose courses focusing on Swedish administrative law.
“it is a broad programme that looks at the concept of human rights from different perspectives. You get the foundation and a deeper perspective on the issues. After that it's up to you what you want to do with it, and I want to work locally.
“Everything the programme touches on relates to major global issues, that’s why you will never regret choosing this programme.”
Syllabus for students admitted autumn 2017
The education is provided by the Faculty of Culture and Society at the department Department of Global Political Studies.