MSc in Human Rights and Politics Dissertation

This information is for the 2019/20 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Chetan Bhatt STC.S108


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Human Rights and Politics. This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

These seminars aim to help you to begin the process of writing your dissertation. At the end of MT we will have seminars that aim to get students thinking at a meta-level about research on Human Rights and Politics and how to identify a good topic, including issues of theory, measurement and methods.  Please note that the MSc in Human Rights and Politics takes a pluralist approach and does not seek to prescribe these or any other particular theories or methods. In LT we will hold dissertation workshop seminars that aim to give individually tailored guidance on proposed research questions in small groups with fellow students who are working on similar topics or using similar methods.


2 hours of seminars in the MT. 3 hours of seminars in the LT. 2 hours of seminars in the ST.

These seminars are for students on the MSc Human Rights and Politics only.

Formative coursework

A title, research proposal and annotated bibliography by the end of MT plus a presentation during the ST.

Indicative reading

Javier Auyero and Débora Swistun. 2009. Flammable. Environmental Suffering in an Argentine Shantytown. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Markus Gunneflo. 2016.Targeted Killing: A Legal and Political History. New York. Cambridge University Press

Elizabeth Holzer. 2015. The Concerned Women of Buduburam: Refugee Activists and Humanitarian Dilemmas. Cornell University Press

Monika Krause. 2014. The Good Project. Humanitarian Relief NGOs and the Fragmentation of Reason. Chicago University Press.

Sally Engle Merry. 2016. The Seductions of Quantification: Measuring Human Rights, Gender Violence, and Sex Trafficking. University of Chicago Press.


Dissertation (100%, 10000 words) post-summer term.

Two hard copies of the dissertation, with submission sheets attached to each, to be handed in to the Administration Office, S116, no later than 16:00 on Thursday 20th August 2020 if you are a full-time student and in the subsequent year if you are a part-time student. An additional copy to be uploaded to Moodle no later than 18:00 on the same day.

Dissertations may be up to and no more than 10,000 words, must be word-processed and be fully referenced using a recognised citation system.

Key facts

Department: Sociology

Total students 2018/19: Unavailable

Average class size 2018/19: Unavailable

Controlled access 2018/19: No

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Application of numeracy skills
  • Specialist skills