In a joint endeavor with BRAC university, SAILS is preparing to launch a multi-disciplinary Masters of Arts programme focusing on Sustainable Development Goal 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions) from a South Asian perspective. The programme is aimed at development professionals who will learn how to use law as a medium for social change and enhance the quality of legal empowerment, justice and human rights in the context of globalization, economic transformation and socio-cultural and political changes in South Asia.
This innovative programme will place an equal emphasis on theory and practice of human rights. Scholars and practitioners from South Asia who have extensive experience of implementing human rights and access to justice programmes will serve as faculty and guest lecturers. The pedagogical method will combine interactive classroom teaching with group work, workshops and presentations and field work. Given that the course will be held in Bangladesh, home to BRAC, of one of the largest development NGOs in the world, the curriculum will also give students hands-on experience with how human rights and development initiatives are implemented on the ground.
Students in the MA programme will complete 36 credits in 12 months. Sample modules include, Foundations of Comparative Law, Human Rights in South Asia, Access to Justice, Natural Resources and Human Rights and Alternative Dispute Resolution. The curriculum places a great emphasis on research – there will be two core modules (6 credits) on research methodology and all students will be required to complete a substantial (6 credits) independent dissertation/report in order to graduate.
In its first year, the programme will admit 16 students from the South Asia region. A limited number of seats may be made available for students from outside the region. The programme is aimed primarily at professionals with at least two years of work experience. Full and partial scholarships will be available for successful applicants who require financial assistance.
Curriculum for the MA programme has been developed in consultation with leading educational and legal empowerment organizations in the South Asia region and development partners, such as the Center for Social Justice, Gujrat National Law University, NIRMA University, Jindal Global University, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Delegation of the European Union in India.
For more information on the Human Rights and Development MA programme curriculum, please visit the SAILS website and subscribe to our mailing list to keep updated on course launch and application deadlines.
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