Master of Human Rights

PetitionAUT alumni continue their fight against homelessness with petition

Alumni from AUT's Master of Human Rights have joined forces with members of Action Station and Gimme Shelter, along with Labour Deputy Leader Jacinda Ardern, and others to present a petition calling for the government to create a policy around homelessness. Such a policy would bring New Zealand in line with other OECD countries.

Tenisha Kumar (far left) and Shahd Mahmoud (second from right) are members of the Master of Human Rights class who have been consistently advocating for New Zealand's homeless youth.

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The Master of Human Rights will equip you with the knowledge and skills to make a difference on a local, national and global scale.

  • Covers theory and skills related to advocacy, treaty body reporting, human rights campaigns and media and communication strategies.
  • The degree will also interest those working in law and regulatory agencies, human rights and education.
  • International experts will deliver seminars on subjects such as freedom of expression, child rights, gender and women's rights, the internet and human rights, and terrorism.
  • Find out about the Master of Human Rights scholarship

Programme code: AK1023
Level: 9
Points: 180
Duration: 1 year full-time (including Summer School)
Venue: City Campus
Start dates: 18 February 2018

Entry requirements

  • Bachelor's degree with a minimum of a B grade average or higher in papers at level 7 or equivalent.

Structure and content

The Master of Human Rights provides you with an advanced qualification in human rights research, advocacy and practice. It draws on a range of disciplines to equip you with both theoretical knowledge and practical skills in human rights and related subjects.

This full-time programme is being delivered as a block course. It has been designed to build on your knowledge as you progress through the papers and to make the best use of time with our guest lecturers.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities for graduates include human rights work in government, policy agencies, national human rights institutions, and international and national NGOs.

Teaching on this programme are:

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SOSC801 Human Rights in Global Context
SOSC802 Human Rights in New Zealand: History, Institutions and Impact
SOSC803 Special Topic in Human Rights
SOSC804 Human Rights Communication and Advocacy: Theory and Practice
SOSC805 Human Rights Policy and Analysis
SOSC806 Human Rights Research Methods
SOSC997 Applied Research Project

Contact us to find out more

Alison Gale
School Registrar

Dr Jane Verbitsky
Programme Leader

Watch this video to find out more about this dynamic and practical programme. 

Last updated: 19-Jul-2017 1.16pm

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