Universitat de Barcelona

Citizenship and Human Rights: Ethics and Politics

Introduction

The master's degree in Citizenship and Human Rights: Ethics and Politics offers specific training in ethics, politics and philosophy of law to provide students with the skills to understand and to take decisions regarding human rights and democratic policies, problems related to coexistence in today's multicultural contexts, subjectivity and identity, and the dilemmas encountered in bioethics and biopolitics.
The master's degree in Citizenship and Human Rights: Ethics and Politics offers specific training in ethics, politics and philosophy of law to provide students with the skills to understand and to take decisions regarding human rights and democratic policies, problems related to coexistence in today's multicultural contexts, subjectivity and identity, and the dilemmas encountered in bioethics and biopolitics.
The degree is intended for graduates from a wide range of disciplines in humanities, law and social sciences, as well as those with a background in medicine and health sciences, and enables students to complete their education in one of the programme's areas of specialization and conduct preliminary research with a view to continuing to the doctoral programme. This multidisciplinary approach has proved highly successful in allowing students to meet their academic and research goals.

Learning objectives

The general objective of this master's degree is to provide specialized training in ethics, politics and philosophy of law, giving students the skills to understand and to take decisions regarding human rights and democratic policies, problems related to coexistence in today's multicultural contexts, subjectivity and identity, and the dilemmas encountered in bioethics and biopolitics.
The programme has a dual focus: the primary and basic focus is research, while the supplementary optional focus is professional. There are three reasons for the emphasis on research: the need to gain greater insight into the major problems of coexistence and social and political organization in the contemporary world from an academic viewpoint; the applicability of this research to the life of institutions and associations active in this area in Western countries today, and the benefits to be gained from training students to enter professional practice and, particularly, to work in academia.
In addition, the master's degree recognizes the desire of most students to carry out placements or pursue training to become educators. As such, students have the opportunity to enrol in optional subjects entailing placements in institutions or specific preparation as educators.

Basic Information

Interuniversity:
Yes
Main university:
  • Universitat Barcelona
Universities:
  • Universitat Barcelona
  • Universitat Girona


Number of ECTS credits awarded:
 60
Language(s) of instruction:
 Catalan: 40%, Spanish: 40%, English: 20% (Specialization in English: English 100%)
Number of places available:
 50
Approximate price:
 27,67 euros per credit ( 82 euros for students who are not EU nationals and do not currently reside in Spain). Fees for the academic year 2021-2022
Faculty or school:
  Faculty of Philosophy
Master's degree course homepage:
  Master's degree course homepage

Recommended applicant profile

Applicants should hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent undergraduate degree in one of the disciplines listed in the Specific Requirements section below. These degrees provide the basic content needed to pursue this master's degree. The course also caters for applicants who are interested in pursuing advanced studies or research and hold a degree in another specialization from a Spanish, Latin American, EU or Eastern European university.
Some of the specializations offered are particularly suitable for those with professional experience in social services, institutions and associations involved in political activity, or in jobs related to cultural diversity and bioethics consulting.
Students who choose the specialitzation in English must provide evidence of English-language competence at level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Admission requirements

In accordance with Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/29 October 2007, students must hold one of the following qualifications to access university master's degree courses:
  • An official Spanish degree.
  • A degree issued by a higher education institution within the European Higher Education Area framework that authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue.
  • A qualification from outside the framework of the European Higher Education Area. In this case, the qualification should be recognized as equivalent to an official Spanish degree. If it is not recognized, the University of Barcelona shall verify that it corresponds to a level of education that is equivalent to official Spanish degrees and that it authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue. Admission shall not, in any case, imply that prior qualifications have been recognized as equivalent to a Spanish master's degree and does not confer recognition for any purposes other than that of admission to the master's degree course.

Specific requirements

Admission requirements and preferred previous studies:
  • Philosophy
  • Humanities
  • Law
  • Political and Administration Sciences
  • Medicine
  • Sociology
  • Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • Nursing
  • History
  • Social Education
  • Social Work
  • Other bachelor's degrees, equivalent undergraduate degrees and diplomas in related disciplines.


Students who choose the specialization in English must provide evidence of English-language competence at level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Bridging courses:
Candidates may be required to complete bridging subjects with a study load of up to 30 credits. This will depend on their previous studies and the specialization they choose. These bridging subjects form a compulsory part of the master's degree for those students required to complete them.
As a general rule, candidates will be asked to complete the bridging subjects if they do not hold a degree in one of the following disciplines: philosophy, humanities, law, political and administration sciences, medicine, sociology, social and cultural anthropology, nursing, history, social education and social work.
The following subjects will be used as bridging courses:
  • The Relationship Between Human Beings and Nature (5 credits)
  • The Basis of Conscience (5 credits)
  • History of Contemporary Philosophy I (5 credits)
  • History of Contemporary Philosophy II (5 credits)
  • Political Philosophy I (5 credits)
  • Ethics (5 credits)

Bridging subjects can be completed during the course simultaneously with the main subjects in the master's degree syllabus.

Skills and competences

Basic competences:
Upon completion of the master's degree, students will be able to:
  • Display a capacity for original thinking in the development and/or application of ideas in a research context.
  • Apply the knowledge acquired during the course to problem-solving in new or relatively unknown environments within broader contexts related to the specific field of study.
  • Integrate knowledge and tackle the complexity of formulating judgements based on incomplete or limited information, giving due consideration to the social and ethical responsibilities involved in applying knowledge and making judgements.
  • Present conclusions and the grounds on which they have been reached to specialists and non-specialists, in a clear and concise manner.
  • Demonstrate the learning skills acquired to facilitate further learning requiring a more independent and self-directed approach.


General competences:
Successful students will be able to:
  • Display critical and self-critical capabilities and the ability to work as part of a group and participate in rational discussion.
  • Write scientific articles for specialized journals.
  • Identity, consider critically and evaluate the viewpoints of interlocutors engaged in the debate on human rights.
  • Display an understanding of the ontological and epistemological foundations of tolerance and pluralism, as well as the ethical and axiological grounds for their defence as values.
  • Identify areas in which learning improvements are required.


Specific competences:
With regard to the specific applications of their knowledge, students will be able to:
  • Identify and classify the fundamental concepts of ethics, philosophy of law, political science, social theory and bioethics.
  • Devise arguments according to the concepts relating to the problems underlying practical reason.
  • Recognize and analyse the primary political and social theories, in order to apply them optimally to practical problems in the areas of citizenship and human rights.
  • Recognize and analyse the primary ethical and political debates on justice, freedom and equality, in order to produce well-founded research and assessments.
  • Identify and classify the fundamental concepts of public ethics, in order to guide and to apply criteria on human rights and the central questions of bioethics.
  • Identify and classify the theories and debates on human rights and the different generations of rights, in order to provide sound criteria for the management of conflict.
  • Identify and classify the concepts underlying different forms of democracy, in order to conduct adequate analysis of political problems and issues of public ethics.
  • Identify the concepts relating to different dimensions of human existence and work in its cultural relevance, in order to conduct rigorous examinations of the problems facing the individual subject in contemporary ethics and politics.
  • Identify and analyse basic concepts of social criticism, in order to formulate reasoned judgements on problems related to citizenship and human rights.

Pre-enrolment calendar

1 February - 3 September 2021.

Notice for students with a foreign degree outside the European High Education Area: Those students whose undergraduate degrees are from outside the European High Education Area will need to apply for an equivalence of study before they can officially enrol. So students in this situation, must submit their pre-registration before 5 July, and when admitted, submit their application and required documents for equivalence of study before 30 July, in order to be able to study the equivalence  within the deadlines. Pre-registrations with a later date are not guaranteed to be  studied in time for registration.

Notes:
  • Pre-enrolment fee: A pre-enrolment fee of 30,21 euros is charged. Students who apply to more than one master's degree must pay the fee for each pre-enrolment request. Pre-enrolment requests cannot be processed until this fee has been paid.Fees will only be refunded if the master's degree in question is suspended.
  • Reserved places: A maximum of 5% of the new places of the master's degree are reserved for students who meet the general and specific access requirements and accredit the recognition of a degree of disability equal to or greater than 33%.

Closed Pre-enrolment

Required documentation


Where to submit the documentation:
Scanned copies can be sent to master.cdh@ub.edu or by ordinary mail to the following address: Secretaria d'Estudiants i Docència de la Facultat de Filosofia (c. Montalegre, 6-8, 1st floor, 08001 Barcelona)

Selection criteria

  • Academic record (60%)
  • Professional experience related to the specializations (20%)
  • Language skills (20%)

Notification

Admissions are decided by the Joint Coordination Committee, which is responsible for:
  • Conducting the selection process or creating an admissions sub-committee for this purpose.
  • Acting as repository for the list of candidates seeking admission and the selection of students and overseeing the appeals process.
  • Analysing the proposals of coordinators from each university during the admissions process and taking a decision on the list of students to be admitted.

Enrolment

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