Human Rights

Programme - first cycle - 180 credits

Syllabus for students admitted autumn 2015

Programme Code:
SGMRE revision 10
Date of establishment:
02 March 2007
Date of ratification:
27 February 2013
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
02 September 2013
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
07 November 2012

Entry requirements

General entry requirements + English B.


Human rights is a concept that is used all the more frequently in society nowadays, and is applicable to cooperation at both national and international levels. For example, human rights are raised with regards to the pursuits and operational regulations of national and international public authorities, organisations and business concerns. The respect for and the promotion of human rights have become mainstays for the protection of rights and individual security in democracies and stable communities governed by law.

The purpose of the Bachelor’s Programme in Human Rights is to provide students with an understanding and knowledge of what constitutes human rights, how they are utilised, and how development in this field of study is a consequence of transformation in the world.

The programme is comprised of six semesters of study and leads to a bachelor’s degree in Human Rights. Term one consists of Human Rights I and is organised in terms of an introduction to the multidisciplinary approach to human rights characteristic of the programme, i. e. as it relates to law, politics and philosophy. Human Rights I also include a project work in groups. Term two consists of studies in Human rights II, which is an advancement of human rights I. The multidisciplinary perspectives from human rights I is studied and analysed from an in-depth approach with focus on regional legal human rights systems, universalism and social theory. Human rights II is finalized by a project work including method. Term three and four consist of elective studies, which makes it possible for the student to enroll in various exchange programmes, or combine studies with an internship (one term), as long as the programme coordinator deems it to be relevant to the study programme. Term five consists of specialized courses within a range of multidisciplinary areas in law, politics, philosophy and religion. for example:

  • Children’s best interests in theory and practice (MR221L)
  • Forced migration in a human rights perspective 7,5 credits (MR220L)
  • Global Justice (MR226L)
  • International crimes and criminal law (MR222L)
  • The Right to Life and Modern Conceptions of Life (MR225L) 7,5 credits

The last term, the sixth semester, consists of Human Rights III, which includes a theory and method course and is finalized with a BA essay comprising 15 credits.



For programme with start Autumn 2015:
Autumn 2015 - Semester 1
Spring 2016 - Semester 2
Autumn 2016 - Semester 3
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Spring 2017 - Semester 4
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Autumn 2017 - Semester 5
Spring 2018 - Semester 6

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

A graduate of the Bachelor’s Programme in Human Rights:
- understands how human rights are regulated in national legislation and international law, and comprehends the relationship between these two systems;

- has a knowledge and an understanding of the political dimensions of the development and application of human rights;

- has a knowledge and a fundamental understanding of the structure of human rights theories and inducement, in addition to the questions and issues the theories are designed to analyse;

- has a knowledge of human rights in an international political context.

Applying knowledge and understanding

A graduate of the Bachelor’s Programme in Human Rights:
- can identify, formulate and resolve problems related to human rights from judicial, political and philosophical perspectives;

- possesses the skills to apply theories of human rights needed to analyse and evaluate factual conditions and phenomena;

- has the ability to write academic texts, and can give an account of human rights related projects orally and in writing;

- accomplishes tasks individually or collectively within agreed timetables;

- can use his or her competence as a basis for a career or further research in relevant areas and

Making judgements and developing communication skills

A graduate of the Bachelor’s Programme in Human Rights:
- has the ability to independently analyse and interpret the development of human rights from a multidisciplinary perspective;

- has the ability to make rational judgements drawing on various methodological aspects within the field of human rights and

- can evaluate independently and reflect critically on questions concerning human rights and the role they play in society today.


Bachelor's degree.

Bachelor of Arts with a major in Human Rights.