The curriculum outlines the subjects within the degree and their nature (basic, required, elective, etc.), the number of credits, etc. Topics are divided into subjects, which in turn are organized into modules.
The Master’s Degree in Human Rights includes 60 ECTS credits distributed in four modules; it lasts one academic year and is taught on campus.
Module 1: Introduction to Research (15 ECTS credits)
The objective of this module is to provide students with the tools that will enable them to carry out research in the area of legal science.
This module emphasizes skill transmission and therefore combines theoretical content with a mainly practical focus. Students will perform frequent exercises in the use of rhetorical and research techniques (discovery, argumentation and structure, elocution, presentation) with the help and guidance of their professors and tutors.
It includes two subjects on academic argumentation, writing using academic-legal discourse and instrumental techniques, rhetorical persuasion in sources of law and research on legal subjects. Two of the 15 ECTS credits in this module are taught in English.
Module 2: General Education (18 ECTS credits)
The module consists of two mandatory subjects.
In this module, students study the contemporary debate on the basis for rights, the history of human rights and the contribution of the different legal traditions, supranational protection systems, education and the concept of fundamental rights, the right to equality and affirmative action, and the welfare state and social rights. Two of the 18 ECTS credits in this module are taught in English.
Module 3: Electives (12 ECTS credits)
Organization of the subjects is flexible, which means that students can freely choose one of the groups offered by the School each year.
The subjects include content such as fundamental rights and their protection systems and the state’s right to punish; fundamental rights in the area of labor relations; the environment, sustainability and the rights of future generations; fundamental rights and economic freedoms; fundamental rights in special situations (foreign subjects and situations of disability); religious freedom in a multicultural society; human rights and family rights; and human rights, peace and development.
Each year, a minimum of 18 credits are offered in elective subjects, so that students can choose the subjects on offer that are most suited to their education and future professional development.
Students must choose 12 ECTS credits from the subjects on offer. Some of these subjects are available in English.
Module 4: Master’s Thesis Project (15 ECTS credits)
The module consists of a single subject worth 15 ECTS credits. It involves the writing and oral defense of an original, unpublished study related to the content of the master’s curriculum.
It can be carried out in Spanish or English, provided that this is justified due to the topic chosen and has been previously agreed and authorized by the master’s program coordinator.
Students have the option of carrying out part of the master’s thesis module at a foreign institution.
The project will be assessed by a judging panel made up of three PhD holders from the School of Law or from other Schools where relevant to the topic and nature of the project.