Human Rights

Programme - first cycle - 180 credits

Syllabus for students admitted autumn 2019

Programme Code:
SGMRE revision 14
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

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. Semester one consists of Human Rights I and provides 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.
Semester two consists of studies in Human Rights II, which is an advancement of Human Rights I. The multidisciplinary perspectives from Human Rights I are studied and analysed from an in-depth approach with focus on regional legal human rights systems, universalism and social theory. Human rights II is finalised by a project work including method.
Semester three and four consist of elective studies, which makes it possible for the student to enrol in various exchange programmes, or combine their studies with an internship (one term), as long as the programme coordinator deems the internship to be relevant to the study programme.
Semester five consists of specialised courses within a range of multidisciplinary areas in law, politics, philosophy and religion, for example: Children’s Best Interests in Theory and Practice, Forced Migration in a Human Rights Perspective, Global Justice, International Crimes and Criminal Law, or The Right to Life and Modern Conceptions of Life.
The last semester, semester six, consists of Human Rights III, which includes a theory and method course and is finalised with a BA essay comprising 15 credits.



For programme with start Autumn 2019:
Autumn 2019 - Semester 1
Spring 2020 - Semester 2
Autumn 2020 - Semester 3
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Spring 2021 - Semester 4
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Autumn 2021 - Semester 5
Spring 2022 - Semester 6

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
In order to receive a bachelor's degree in Human Rights, the student shall:
- demonstrate understanding of how human rights are regulated in national legislation and international law, and comprehends the relationship between these two systems;
- demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the political dimensions of the development and application of human rights;
- demonstrate 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; and
- demonstrate knowledge of human rights in an international political context.

Competencies and skills

In order to receive a bachelor's degree in Human Rights, the student shall:
- be able to identify, formulate and resolve problems related to human rights from judicial, political and philosophical perspectives;
- possess the skills to apply theories of human rights needed to analyse and evaluate factual conditions and phenomena;
- demonstrate the ability to write academic texts, and give an account of human rights related projects orally and in writing;
- show the ability to accomplish tasks individually or collectively within agreed time frames; and
- use their competence as a basis for a career or further research in relevant areas.

Evaluation and approach

In order to receive a bachelor's degree in Human Rights, the student shall:
- demonstrate the ability to independently analyse and interpret the development of human rights from a multidisciplinary perspective;
- demonstrate the ability to make rational judgements drawing on various methodological aspects within the field of human rights and
- be able to independently evaluate 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.