MPhil (Multidisciplinary Human Rights)
 
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Course name:
MPhil: Multidisciplinary Human Rights
Course code:
0125004
Credits:
Total of 200 credits
Duration:
Completed over two years minimum
Admission requirements:

This degree is open to non-lawyers. Generally an honours degree in any discipline is required, but, exceptionally, a Bachelor's degree with significant experience in the field of human rights may be considered. 

Co-ordinators:

  • Prof M Hansungule
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  • Prof F Viljoen
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Course structure

MODULE NAME
MODULE CODE
CREDITS
Research Methodology and Proposal
RHP 801 10
Mini-dissertation (prerequisite RMT 801) MND 800 100
and
   
Multidisciplinary Human Rights MHR 801 30
and any TWO of the following modules of which at least one should be a module marked with a #
#History and Philosophy of Human Rights HPH 801
30
#Global Perspectives on Law, Rights and Development LRD 802
30
#Post-apartheid Jurisprudence PAJ 801 30
Socio-economic Rights under Comparative and International Law SRI 801 30
Introduction to the SA Constitution and Human Rights CMR 801 30
Socio-economic Rights in the South African Constitution SRC 802
30

Curriculum content

MODULE CODE
MODULE NAME
CONTENT
CMR 801
INTRODUCTION TO THE SA CONSTITUTION AND HUMAN RIGHTS
This module deals with an introduction to the basic issues of the South African human rights dispensation.  It places the greatest emphasis on the procedure and the structure of Bill of Rights analysis. The module also covers certain core rights of the South African Constitution such as equality, dignity and expression.
HPH 801
HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF HUMAN RIGHTS
(a) Historical and philosophical perspectives on rights.
(b) Critical perspectives on rights.
(c) Legal philosophical and political notions of justice.
(d) Applications within the SA context.
LRD 802
GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES ON LAW, RIGHTS AND DEVELOPMENT
This module deals with the following aspects:
(a) Post-structural/post-modern legal theory.
(b) Post-colonial legal theory.
(c) Feminist legal theory.
(d) Application within a developmental context.

MHR 801
MULTIDISCIPLINARY HUMAN RIGHTS A combination of  at least seven of the following topics:
(a) The state, democracy and human rights.
(b) International relations and human rights.
(c) History of human rights, including “grassroots narratives”.
(d) Human rights in visual media (art and film).
(e) Human rights in literature.
(f) Human rights fact-finding and reporting; human rights journalism.
(g) Human rights and HIV/AIDS.
(h) Medicine, medical ethics and human rights.
(i) Civil society, “grassroots movements” and human rights.
(j) Poverty and Human Rights.
(k) Globalisation and Human Rights.
(l) Human Rights and social change.
(m) Social science research and human rights.
(n) Tradition, religion and human rights.
(o) Gender and human rights.
(p) Transitional justice, reconciliation and justice.
PAJ 801
 POST-APARTHEID JURISPRUDENCE This module deals with the following aspects:
(a) Transformative constitutionalism.
(b) Post-apartheid jurisprudence.
(c) Law, memory, reconciliation and reparation.

RHP 801
RESEARCH METHODOLOGY AND RESEARCH PROPOSAL

(a) Overview of the research and writing process.
(b) Research methods.
(c) Philosophical and ethical issues in research.
(d) Methodological approaches to legal research.
(e) Logic and argument.
(f) Writing.
(g) Development and presentation of research proposal
(Research proposal must be submitted to the supervisor and accepted in the first year of study before the student will be allowed to register for the mini-dissertation.) 


SRC 802
SOCIO-ECONOMIC RIGHTS IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN CONSTITUTION
An analysis of the theory and practice of constitutional socio-economic rights in South Africa, with a specific focus on litigation and legal advocacy in this respect.
SRI 801
SOCIO-ECONOMIC RIGHTS UNDER COMPARATIVE AND INTERNATIONAL LAW
(a) Protection of socio-economic rights in other domestic jurisdictions, in particular in Africa.
(b) Introduction to International human rights law.
(c) Socio-economic rights in the UN human rights system.
(d) Socio-economic rights in the African human rights system.
(e) Socio-economic rights in the European human rights system.
(f) Socio-economic rights in the Inter-American human rights system.
(g) Socio-economic rights in other emerging regional human rights systems.
MND 800
(100 credits)
MINI-DISSERTATION (prerequisite RHP 801)

(a) The student must submit a research proposal during his or her first year of registration for the LLM degree to the supervisor prior to commencing with the writing of the mini-dissertation.
(b) A mini-dissertation (MND 800) of 13 000 to 15 000 words inclusive of footnotes but excluding the list of contents and the bibliography, is required. The mini-dissertation must be submitted to the study leader not later than August of the second year of registration for the LLM programme. The mini-dissertation must deal with the subject content of one of the modules or a combination of the modules registered for by the student for his or her LLM degree.  Any request for an extension of the period for submission of the mini-dissertation may only be granted by the Dean on recommendation of the LLM committee.

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