Second Stream Courses

The second stream is made up of Advanced Cluster classes, Rolling Seminars and other seminars/workshops chosen by the students. Second stream courses take place in small groups in the afternoons. The Second Stream 2015/2016 consists of the following courses:

Cluster Classes (2 ECTS)

Each Cluster lasts one week, starting from week 7.
Clusters are self-contained units, taught by experts, and deal with specific human rights issues in practical terms. Classes will be held for five consecutive days for a total of about 15 hours per cluster.

Each student must enrol in one of the following clusters:

Once enrolled, attendance is mandatory and regularly checked. There will be a mention of the chosen cluster in the academic transcripts of each student provided that each student has attended the lectures and passed the exam. Clusters are examined for the purpose of the degree through a short paper to be submitted on 20 December 2013. Students may be assigned reading materials.

Rolling Seminars (1 ECTS)

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in the afternoon, unless otherwise indicated.

Rolling seminars take a disciplinary approach, dealing with the core areas of the E.MA programme:

These seminars are normally taught by E.MA staff and are addressed to students who have not taken the relevant discipline in their earlier studies. Each student must enroll in at least one rolling seminar series and can audit another one if so desired. The aim of the rolling seminars is to clarify and discuss basic concepts that come up in the core part of the programme.

Rolling seminars are assessed by means of oral presentations on topics agreed with the relevant E.MA staff. Each seminar will consist of contextualising remarks and questions by the E.MA staff followed by students’ presentations and subsequent discussion. Primary textbooks (available in the library) are suggested for each series. Any additional readings will be circulated in advance.

As a form of support to students’ multidisciplinary learning, the rolling seminars are meant to remain rather open to change. Therefore, notwithstanding the proposed schedule, the E.MA staff is flexible to respond to the needs arising during the semester and tackle other issues mentioned in first stream lectures.

Academic Skill Classes

Throughout the year in the afternoon

Skill modules are independent from each other and are taught by the E.MA Academic Team. They provide students with an opportunity to enhance their academic and writing skills working in small groups on concrete examples from exams, papers, dissertations, etc. For the academic year 2013/2014 the following classes on academic skills are offered:

 All of these modules are related to the E.MA exams, essays and thesis, and are highly recommended, in particular for those students who have little background in essay writing or written assignments in general.

Student Projects

Weeks 1-13, meetings to be arranged

Student projects are student-driven, but can be facilitated (particularly in the early stages) by the E.MA Academic Team.

Human Rights Film Festival

This project has been running for some years now. Its purpose is to organise a weekend-long human rights film festival open to the general public at a cinema in Venice, around the beginning of December, to coincide with Human Rights Day. Students are responsible for the selection of films and the organisation of the festival (that would include discussion fora). Students will work with a small budget pre-financed by E.MA, but the project as a whole should be self-financing and thus co-sponsored by other possible entities.

Any other projects

Students are encouraged to develop ideas for other projects to be discussed with the E.MA Academic Team. These may include:

  • symposia/round tables/discussion fora on specific human rights topics
  • human rights education activities
  • clinical work with local NGOs


Throughout the first semester in the afternoon.

Student-driven lounge meetings are opportunities to discuss human right issues and ad-hoc human rights topics with experts, lecturers and fellow students. Lounge sessions can be used to present one’s own work, experience and ideas such as:

  • field work
  • exhibitions
  • films
  • ad-hoc political debates
  • current developments

Students can invite to this session lecturers and experts who are teaching during that week. Lecturers and weekly responsibles can prepare lounge sessions for students in advance. Students may want to appoint a “Student Lounge Committee” to organise extra events.