Human Rights

Programme - first cycle - 180 credits

Syllabus for students admitted autumn 2011

Programme Code:
SGMRE revision 6
Date of establishment:
02 March 2007
Date of ratification:
09 December 2010
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
01 September 2011
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 one consists of Human Rights I and 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. Human Rights I also include a project work in groups. Term two consists of studies in International Relations 1-30, which focuses on giving the student an understanding of the various theoretical perspectives on the subject. Human Rights II, term three, aims at deepening the multidisciplinary perspective on human rights with respect to relevant themes. It also includes project work in groups and method. Terms four and five 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. The last term, the sixth semester, consists of Human Rights III, which includes a BA essay comprising 15 hp.


Course list:

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

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.