1st Semester

The first semester of the E.MA 2013/2014 starts on 16 September 2013 and ends on 31 January 2014. Click here for the full 2013/2014 Academic Calendar.

The first semester curriculum was adopted in April 2013 by the E.MA Executive Committee, upon recommendations of the Academic Curriculum Group. Responsibility for the organisation and implementation of specific curriculum components rests with academics from the 41 E.MA Universities and the E.MA Programme Director. The curriculum comprises the following elements:


The Introduction sets the context of the E.MA course and is meant to familiarise students with the main issues and disciplines that they will study. Starting with a general introduction to human rights law and systems, the week critically analyses some current challenges through the use of international and regional cases/examples. It then concludes with multidisciplinary perspectives on the foundation of human rights and democratisation: human dignity. 

Introduction to Human Rights and Democratisation: current challenges worldwide and in Europe in particular 16-22 September 2013 (week 1)

  • Current Challenges in Human Rights and Democratisation
  • Contexts, Systems and Actors
  • Human Rights in Europe
  • International Law and International Human Rights Law (IHRL)
  • Human Rights and Democratisation Theories
  • Philosophy and Human Rights
  • E.MA Roundtable: “Premise or promise? Global views on human dignity and human rights”