Make a difference with AUT's Master of Human Rights, and turn your passion for human rights issues into a career. Unique in New Zealand, the programme attracts students from diverse backgrounds and professions - from business and law to the social sciences, communications and emergency services.
This interdisciplinary programme can open up opportunities in international human rights organisations, government, policy agencies, human rights institutions and national NGOs in New Zealand and overseas. It’s also great if you’re currently working in law, regulatory agencies, human rights or education.
You develop a sound understanding of advocacy, treaty body reporting, human rights campaigning and media strategies – key skills if you want to work in a human rights organisation. You become familiar with the global context and New Zealand’s progress in human rights, human rights communication and advocacy, methods of human rights investigation, policy development and analysis.
To complete this programme you attend a series of block courses, delivered by international experts.
At the heart of the programme is the applied research project. In 2016, Master of Human Rights students focused on the issue of youth homelessness, drawing on their diverse skillsets to create a documentary highlighting the harsh realities of homeless youth. On Our Doorstep: A Voice for Homeless Youth has since screened at a number of film festivals as well as the New Zealand Housing Conference.
In 2017, Master of Human Rights students explored the topic of extending suffrage to under 18-year-olds.
Career opportunities for graduates include human rights work in:
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