Kaden Wilson

Kaden Wilson

Master of Human Rights
Bachelor of Arts in Conflict Resolution and Bachelor of Laws

Ngāti Rangi

Human rights is a key area humanity needs to grapple with going forward, says Kaden Wilson who is currently completing a Master of Human Rights.

“For me, human rights is where law and humanities meet. This degree enables me to use to my skillset in law and arts to challenge myself in diverse and unique ways, with papers and assessments that have real-life applicability. The teaching staff are extremely strong and include lecturers who are known for being leaders in different areas of human rights.”

The people are what make the programme, he says.

“While the topics are interesting and engaging, being able to have honest discussions in a challenging and stimulating environment is what makes me a more thoughtful and engaged person after every class I attend. The people who gravitate to this degree are all seeking to push themselves to understand how we can implement human rights better in our society.”

Tools for modern human rights campaigners
He would highly recommend the Master of Human Rights to others, says Kaden who was offered the Vice-Chancellor Scholarship and the AUT Master of Human Rights Scholarship to support his studies

“From report submissions to digital storytelling, this degree has challenged us to not only research to a high level but also create digestible content, just like modern human rights campaigners would need to do. Our research can be applied to modern campaigns and human rights stakeholders, which is a significant asset.”

Kaden says his biggest accomplishment so far has been working on a research paper with two of his lecturers.

“To have two lecturers mentor and develop me through coursework is one thing, but to have them know and trust me enough to work on their projects with them was an achievement I hold in high esteem.”

Genuine care and encouragement
To him, AUT is more than a university, Kaden says.

“AUT is my academic home. Having done my undergraduate studies here, I knew that the staff at the School of Social Sciences and Public Policy are truly special. They engage and care about you on a level that is deeper than at many other schools. You know they genuinely want to work with you to help you reach your goals and achieve the best outcome.”

Deciding to enrol in the Master of Human Rights is only the beginning, says Kaden who hopes to go on to complete a PhD on intergenerational rights and equity when contemplating a state’s sovereignty.

“In this programme, you decide how much you challenge yourself to learn, adapt and grow with the others taking the journey with you. In the end you decide to become the best human being that you can be.”

Last updated: 14-Jul-2017 2.40pm

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