Global Campus of Regional Masters

Master of Human Rights & Democratisation in Asia and Pacific Regional Program

Curriculum

Programme Structure

The APMA program is taught across two campuses. All students will study first semester at the IHRP, Mahidol University (Thailand). Second semester students will study at one of the four partner universities in Indonesia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, or Nepal.

First Semester-Mahidol University

The first semester at Mahidol University consists of four courses and runs from August till November. The first semester curriculum consists of a foundational program, made up of four core units of study. These units are compulsory for all students and include the following:

  • HPRD 551 Human Rights Norms and Mechanisms Part 1
  • HPRD 541 Human Right and Democratisation Research
  • HPRD 542 Dynamics of Human Rights Violations
  • HPRD 543 Democratisation: Theory and Practice

Second Semester – Mahidol University

There is an intensive course at IHRP in January, before students travel to the partner university for the second semester which runs from February to July.

  • HPRD 544 Human Rights and Democratisation Intensive
  • HPRD 553 Applied Research in Human Rights and Democratisation

Second Semester- Regional Partner University

At the partner university students study two courses and undertake a research project. Scholarships students will be assigned to a partner for their second semester according to the best fit with their study preferences. Fee-paying students can select any of the partners for their second semester.

  • HPRD 552 Human Rights Norms and Mechanism Part 2
  • HPRD 546 Critical and Emerging Issues in the Asia Pacific
  • HPRD 698 Thesis (Dissertation or Applied Research Dissertation)

The research project takes two forms:

MA Dissertation: A Master’s level dissertation supervised by program academic staff

Action Research Dissertation: A research paper done in cooperation with an internship placement

Second Semester placement

Students will study the second semester at one of the four partner universities, the University of Colombo (Sri Lanka), Universitas Gadjah Mada (Indonesia), the Kathmandu School of Law (Nepal) and Ateneo de Manila University (the Philippines). The placement at the second semester will be made by the Selection Committee based on the following criteria:

  • Fee-paying students and non APMA scholarship students: will be assigned to their first preference, conditional on acceptance by the Partner university.

APMA Scholarship students: Applicants will note their preference in the application form. All efforts will be made to place the student in their top preferences. However, in order to ensure scholarships are evenly distributed to the partner universities, scholarship students may in some cases be assigned to a different partner than preferred .A condition of the scholarship is that students must study at the assigned partner university. 

Course Description

HPRD 551 Human Rights Norms and Mechanism I

Major disciplinary approaches to human rights; Philosophical, social science and legal approaches to human rights; Interdisciplinary approach to the history and development of theories and concepts of human rights from western and non-western perspectives; Understanding of International Human Rights Standards found in core Human Rights Treaties; Legal framework of human rights in non-human rights treaties such as the UN Charter, International Humanitarian Law; The impact of international criminal law and the ICC.

HPRD 541 Human Rights and Democratization research

Overview of social scientific and legal research methods, qualitative and quantitative; Different research methods relevant for researches on human rights and democratization; Formulation of research problems, research design; Research methodology and data analysis; Research ethics

HPRD 542 Dynamic of Human Rights Violations

An analysis of the causes of human rights violations in economic, social, and political spheres; Analysis of effective strategic, legal and ethical interventions in human rights situations; Overview of practical skills and appropriate interventions in the promotion and protection of human rights

HPRD 543 Democratization

Outline of different concepts and theories of democratization; Issues relating to democracy such as equality, justice, citizenship and popular sovereignty; Institutions and systems needed to maintain and monitor democracies; The role of civil society in the promotion and protection of democracy; Interdependence of and relationship between human rights and democratization; Human rights and democratization in different economic, social and cultural contexts, including in times of emergencies as well as at time of armed conflicts

HPRD 544 Human Rights and Democratization Intensive

Selected topics in human rights and democratization with a strong reflection of students’ common areas of interests; Analysis of selected topic at regional level with input from at least four countries in the Asia Pacific; In depth analysis on democratization or a current human rights issue such as migration, non-citizens, gender, or children

HPRD 552 Human Rights Norms and Mechanisms II

National and regional systems for promotion and protection of human rights; Legal, political and social mechanisms necessary for realization of human rights at the regional and national levels; Roles of the United Nations, other inter- state bodies and institution, non-governmental agencies, the media and civil society in relation to human rights; Promotion and protection of rights in Constitutions; Role of National Human Rights Commissions, and courts; Critical assessment of the mechanisms studied; Human rights, peace agreements, and transitional justice mechanisms

HPRD 546 Critical and Emerging Regional Issues

Outlook on current issues related to human rights and democratization in the Asia Pacific; Examine central issues such as globalization, democratization and good governance, promotion of global free trade, development in economic and social, poverty eradication, environmental conservation, migration, forms of armed conflicts, and protection of minorities; Analyse impacts of specific issues on violations or protection of human rights

HPRD 553 Applied Research in Human Rights and Democratization

Independent research project done in coordination with domestic or international human rights/democratization organization; Explore current and practical issues in human rights and democratization; Practical experience of human rights/democratization issues, strategies and practices as currently practiced by human rights/democratization organizations; Learning of skills in conception, development and execution of a research project under academic supervision

HPRD 698 Thesis

Identifying research project title; submitting research proposal; conducting research study with concern of ethics; data collection, analysis, synthesis and critics of research results; reporting the research results in terms of thesis; thesis presentation; Publishing the research results in academic printing materials or journal or presenting it in academic conference; ethics in dissemination of the research results