International Human Rights - BA

This is an American degree, four years in length (see the 'structure' tab for more information).

The Human Rights major offers you an in-depth overview of historical and contemporary human rights issues from an interdisciplinary perspective.

The programme explores:

  • The concepts and principles underlying human rights traditions
  • The laws and institutions that support and implement human rights framework
  • Political repression, social marginalisation and the role of human rights in the protection of marginalised groups

You have the opportunity to attend numerous lectures and seminars at the University and across London, which offer insights into human rights regimes and activism.

You will also be required to display competence in a foreign language.

Why should I choose this programme?

We live in a rapidly changing, inter-connected world. While the processes of globalisation have a positive impact on economic development, the more challenging consequences cannot be neglected.

Increasingly the debate about respecting human rights moved from the fringes of world affairs to centre stage.

This programme is aimed at students who care deeply about human rights and are passionate about improving the state of human rights around the world, even making it their career path.

Key skills, aims and objectives

  • Become familiar with the history of, and current practices in, human rights frameworks and legal norms
  • Critically analyse theories, concepts, and ideas in human rights
  • Understand major human rights issues, past and present
  • Evaluate the potential solutions to human rights abuses, including the work of transnational operators
  • Comprehend the quantitative and qualitative methods of, and the ethical issues involved in, human rights research
  • Engage in human rights field experience

 

 

Future opportunities

Studying international human rights opens the door to diverse career opportunities, including within governments.

Additionally, there is enormous growth of non-governmental organisations and international non-governmental organisations that specialise in different aspects of human rights, and which employ human rights experts.

Other areas of growth are corporate social responsibility and public relations within the business community, both of which require human rights expertise.

Additional information

This is an American degree, four years in length, which allows you to focus on a main interest while at same time offering a breadth and depth to your studies.

The degree is built upon four components: general education, major, minor and electives. Students must complete a minimum of 128 credit hours across the degree components.

Major
Your major is your primary area of academic specialisation, in this case International Human Rights. It is possible to complete a double major. The flexibility of our course structure allows you to adjust your studies up to the end of your second year.

General Education
You must successfully complete the appropriate general education programme, which is designed to give breadth to your degree.

Electives
You have a choice of elective modules to complete the required 128 credit hours of your BA.

Minor (Optional)
You may elect to complete an approved minor in an area of study different from your major. A minor is a lesser concentration in a given subject area. You may declare a minor at any time during your degree. You have the option of selecting up to two minors.
A minimum of 18 credit hours must be completed in a single discipline in order to receive a minor. We offer the following minors:

  • Art History & Criticism
  • Business
  • Computer Applications
  • Drama Studies
  • English
  • European Studies
  • Film Studies
  • History
  • International Human Rights
  • International Relations
  • Journalism
  • Management
  • Media Communications
  • Photography
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Relations
  • Religious Studies
  • Theatre.

From 2015 all new students will follow the Global Citizenship Programme (GCP), which is being phased in to replace the previous General Education Programme.

The GCP amounts to 30 credit hours of your degree total.

You will take a common First Year Seminar and a Keystone Seminar.

In addition, you will choose a minimum of eight courses (modules) to cover the following knowledge and skills areas:

Knowledge areas: 

  • Roots of Cultures
  • Social Systems and Human Behaviour
  • Physical and Natural World
  • Global Understanding
  • Arts Appreciation
  • Quantitative Literacy

Skills areas:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Ethical Reasoning
  • Intercultural Competence
  • Oral Communication
  • Written Communication

Modules

Core courses:
HRTS 1100 Introduction to Human Rights
HRTS 2500 Current Problems in Human Rights
HRTS 2800 Methods of Inquiry
HRTS 3500 International Human Rights Law
HRTS 3590 Theories of Human Rights
HRTS 4500 Human Rights Field Experience
HRTS 4600 Senior Overview
PHIL 2300 Social and Political Philosophy OR POLT 1070 Introduction to Political Theory

Elective courses
18 credit hours from among the following, including at least 9 credit hours from courses with an HRTS prefix:
ANTH 4260 Nationalism and Transnationalism
ANTH 3130 Race and Ethnicity
SOCI 4475 Class, Status and Power
ANTH 4330 Gender and Sex
ENGL 1060 Protest Literature
ETHC 1000 Issues and Problems in Ethics
HIST 2050 Topics in African History
HIST 2040 Topics in Latin American History
HIST 2070 Topics in Non-Western History
HRTS 2086 Topics In Human Rights
HRTS 3080 Advanced Topics in Human Rights
HRTS 3160 Human Rights in Film: Documentaries
HRTS 3170 Human Rights in Film: Narrative Films
HRTS 3200 Human Rights Area Studies
HRTS 3210 Prejudice and Discrimination
HRTS 3400 Human Rights and the Environment
HRTS 3600 Topics in Mass Violence
HRTS 3700 Human Rights and Business
ISTL 1000 Introduction to International Studies
INTL 1500 The World System since 1500
INTL 2030 International Law
INTL 3300 Governments and Politics of Eastern Europe
MEDC 2800 Cultural Diversity in the Media
MULC 2010 American Cultural Pluralism
PHIL 2320 Contemporary Moral Problems
PHIL 2340 Bioethics
PHIL 2360 Environmental Ethics
PHIL 3350 Philosophical Ethics
PHIL 3360 Ethics for Cyberspace
PHIL 3370 Feminist Philosophy
POLT 1080 Introduction to Comparative Politics
POLT 2550 The Politics of Development
RELG 2050 Religion and Human Values

See module descriptions

Language requirement
Students must also display foreign language competence. This requirement can be met by completing intermediate level II in a foreign language or by passing an intermediate-level proficiency examination and will be waived for students whose native language is not English and who are studying in English.

Future start dates

19 May 2014

August/September 2014
January 2015

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Fees

Fees Spring 2014
Annual tuition fee: £14,475 *
Tuition fee per term: £7,100*
Summer session classes per credit hour: £478
Registration fee: £400 (non-refundable)
Non-EU Advance deposit: £700 (non-refundable)
Alumni fee: £350

Fees Autumn 2014
Annual tuition fee: £14,750 *
Tuition fee per term: £7,375 *
Summer session classes per credit hour: £496
Registration fee: £420 (non-refundable)
Non-EU Advance deposit: £730 (non-refundable)
Alumni Fee: £360

Fees Spring 2015
Annual tuition fee: £15,045 *
Tuition fee per term: £7,522.50 *
Summer session classes per credit hour: £496
Registration fee: £420 (non-refundable)
Non-EU Advance deposit: £730 (non-refundable)
Alumni Fee: £360

* This fee is based on a standard credit load of 12-18 credits. Additional credits taken will be charged at the Summer credit rate.

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Academic

Applicants must provide evidence of successful completion of 12 years of schooling, with a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 in the American High School grading system or equivalent. This is calculated on a scale of 0-4, with a 2.5 roughly equivalent to a C+/B-.

Acceptable qualifications include:

  • Argentina: Bachillerato
  • Australia: Secondary School Certificate
  • Bangladesh: Higher Secondary School Certificate
  • Canada: High School Diploma
  • Cyprus: Apolyterion Bitirme Diplomas
  • Egypt: Shehada
  • Greece: Apolyterion
  • India: Senior School Certificate
  • Indonesia: Ijazah Sekolah Menegah Atas
  • Japan: Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shomeisho
  • Jordan: Tawjihi
  • Malaysia: Sijil Matrikulasi
  • Pakistan: Higher Secondary Certificate
  • Philippines: NCEE
  • South Africa: Senior Certificate
  • Spain: Bachillerato
  • Saudi Arabia: Tawjihiyah
  • Turkey: Lise Diplomasi
  • UK: GCSEs (at least 5 at grades A-C)
  • USA: High School Diploma
  • UAE: Tawjihiyya

English requirements

PLEASE NOTE: UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) has suspended the consideration of applications for temporary and indefinite leave to remain which rely on tests administered by ETS to prove their English language ability, including TOEFL. This refers to applications from people who are already in the UK only; for individuals who are both applying for a visa and testing outside the UK there is no change.

Regent’s University London will accept ETS TOEFL, but with the exception of those that have taken or plan to take their tests in the UK or plan to submit their visa application in the UK.

UK Visas & Immigration have set up a helpline to assist people with a pending visa application who are relying on a test certificate or who were about to apply with such a certificate. Please call +44 (0) 114 207 3463 if you have any further questions relating to this issue. We will continue to monitor the situation and official guidance issued by UKVI.

If you are entering the UK on a Tier 4 student visa please ensure that your language test meets the requirements of both Regent’s University London and also those of UKVI.

– FEB 2014

 

For those applicants whose mother tongue is not English, we require a recent pass in any of the following qualifications:

  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, grade C
  • GCSE/IGCSE English, grade C (for non-EU IGCSE students, please provide along with the IGCSE certificate, the Supplementary Certifying Statement with the breakdown of component grades)
  • IB Diploma English A grade 4 or above HL or SL. English B grade 5 at HL
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with an overall score of 6.0 (for non-EU students: a minimum score of 5.5 in each component)
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 80 on the internet-based test (for non-EU students you must score a minimum of the following in each component: 17 in Listening: 18 in Reading: 20 in Speaking: 17 in Writing)
  • Pearson Test (PTE Academic) score of 53 (for non-EU Students: a minimum score of 51 in each component)

Please note that the above list is not exhaustive; for more information about other accepted English language qualifications, please contact us.

Please also note that you may be exempt from taking an English language test if the last three years of your full-time education have been taught completely in English.

Please note that the above list is not exhaustive; for more information about other accepted English language qualifications, please contact us.

Students who require an international student visa to study in the UK and whose native language is not English, are also be required to meet specific grade requirements and conditions of study as stipulated by the UK Border Agency (UKBA). Please check their website for current information: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

On-campus diagnostic test

If you live in London, or are able to visit us, we can offer you a free English diagnostic test. 

This test is offered through Regent's Institute of Languages & Culture and should be arranged in advance. Please note, this is a diagnostic test for Regent’s University London only. For more information, or to arrange a test, please contact us: exrel@regents.ac.uk

How to apply

Applying to study at RUL is a quick and easy process. We accept direct applications, have no formal application deadlines and there is no application fee.

Step 1 Apply

Please complete an application form. You can apply in the following ways:

Once you have completed the application form, you should send us the following supporting documents; these can be sent to us via email/post/fax:

  • Copies of academic transcripts and certificates from all previous studies (i.e. secondary school and/or university)
  • Two letters of reference, one of which must be academic; the second can be academic, personal (cannot be from a family member or a peer) or professional
  • A 300-500 word personal statement outlining the reasons for applying to your chosen course at RUL and how you feel you will benefit from the course of study
  • A copy of your passport photograph (ID) page
  • One recent passport-sized, colour photograph, jpeg format (this must be emailed to us to: admit@regents.ac.uk)
  • If not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency

Step 2 Making an offer

We will assess whether you meet our minimum entry requirements and will make you an offer by both email and post, or notify you that you have been unsuccessful.

If you have completed your education and have met all the entry requirements, you will be sent an unconditional offer. If you still have to finish your exams, or have yet to submit supporting documentation, you will be issued a conditional offer.

You can expect to receive a decision on your application within 10 working days of receipt of your completed application and supporting documents.

Step 3 Accepting the offer

If you wish to accept the offer you must:

  • Confirm your acceptance via email/post/telephone/in person
  • Pay the non-refundable registration fee
  • Pay the non-EU advance tuition fee deposit (if applicable)

Please note, while there is no formal deadline to pay your registration fee or non-EU advance deposit, if you need to apply for an international student visa to study in the UK, then we recommend that you pay these as soon as possible.

Please see here for information on how to pay.

Step 4 Full acceptance and visa

On receipt of your acceptance we will issue the final set of documentation and, where needed, the relevant visa support documentation. To find out if you need a student visa please consult the section titled ‘Studying in the United Kingdom’ on the UK Border Agency website: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk (please note it is your own responsibility to arrange the appropriate visa).

Transfer of credits

Transfer applicants must complete their applications by submitting all the supporting documentation required from freshman applicants.

If you have completed fewer than 30 credit hours or equivalent at your current institution we will need your official high school transcript in addition to your current undergraduate transcript.

If you have completed 30 or more credit hours, or equivalent, we only require your official undergraduate transcripts.

Once we have received your complete application, and if you have been accepted for admission, we will advise you on the number of credits you will be able to transfer towards your degree.

Scholarships available

Merit-Based Award

A scholarship of up to 50% of your tuition fees, awarded to students with strong academic achievements and potential. Available for specific programmes; please refer to the list below.

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Bursaries

As part of its public benefit commitment, the University wants to ensure that no student is deterred from applying to Regent’s University London because of financial difficulties. As such, each year the University offers a number of means-tested bursaries for full-time study on undergraduate programmes.

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US Financial Aid

Financial aid for US-passport holders following our US-accredited programmes.

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Study methods

You will be taught by staff who have a wide range of specialisms, including international human rights law, political science, international relations, refugee and migration studies, and experts on Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America.

Academic staff have contacts across many international non-governmental organisations in London, the UK and at international level, including Human Rights Watch, Family Forum, Chatham House, Network for Africa and others.

Students with disabilities

Some of our courses encourage trips outside of the campus. If you have a condition that affects your mobility you are advised to contact the Disability Officer.

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Regent’s University London has no connection with Regent University of Virginia USA

 

 

Last updated: 14 March 2014

 

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Key information

Name
International Human Rights
Qualification
BA
Level
Undergraduate
Accreditation
US
UCAS Code
School
Regent's American College London
Mode
Full time
Length
4 years
Fees
£14,475 *
Scholarships
Yes
Start date
19 May 2014
Study abroad
Yes
Validation
This degree is awarded by Webster University, St. Louis, USA

* See the admissions tab for further details on fees, scholarships and future start dates

US accredited degree

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