Human Rights

Programme - first cycle - 180 credits

Syllabus for students admitted autumn 2010

Programme Code:
SGMRE revision 5
Date of establishment:
02 March 2007
Date of ratification:
21 September 2009
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
01 September 2010
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
02 March 2007

Entry requirements

The special prerequisite for this programme focus, besides basic eligibility for university studies, is fieldeligibility 6: Civics A and English B. Applicants are exempted from the Civics A requirement.


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. Terms 1 is a so-called programme semester, where students are provided with pedagogic, academic and methodological tools especially tailored for the programme. The programme semester is performed in cooperation with International Relations; it includes an introduction to university studies and contemporary history, as well as an introduction to human rights. Thematic studies embracing both human rights and international relations perspectives are pursued parallel to the introduction of the main subject. Semester two to four comprise studies in Human Rights and International Relations. Human Rights I is organised in terms of the multidisciplinary approach to human rights characteristic of the programme, i. e. as it relates to law, politics and philosophy/religion. Human Rights I also include project work in groups. Human Rights II aim at deepening the multidisciplinary perspective on human rights with respect to relevant themes. It also includes project work in groups and method. International Relations I gives basic knowledge about approaches and theories regarding international relations. Semester five gives the opportunity of elective studies and/or an internship, as long as the programme coordinator deems it to be relevant to the study programme. The last semester, semester six, consist of Human Rights III, which includes a BA essay comprising 15 hp.



For programme with start Autumn 2010:
Autumn 2010 - Semester 1
Spring 2011 - Semester 2
Autumn 2011 - Semester 3
Spring 2012 - Semester 4
Autumn 2012 - Semester 5
Spring 2013 - Semester 6
Semester five consists of elective studies, which make it possible for the student to enroll in various exchange programs, or combine studies with an internship, as long as the programme coordinator deems it to be relevant to the study programme.

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 the correlation between international relations and human rights and
- has an understanding of Malmö University’s perspectives: the environment, gender, migration, and ethnicity.

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
- has the ability to apply his or her knowledge of Malmö University’s perspectives—the environment, gender, migration, and ethnicity—to issues related to the field of human rights.

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.