Programme details and objectives
The worlds of humanitarianism and human rights have become entangled even if they still operate with very different logics. The aim is to understand what these two sets of values and practices are telling us about the world in which we live and the way it is governed.
The specialisation will endow you with the ability to understand critically both human rights and humanitarianism, as well as the fleeting differences and connections between them. Human rights and humanitarianism embody distinct worldviews and utopian projects. They also trigger similar affects, emotions and specific forms of action.
You will be asked to analyse specific case studies and build on empirical examples drawn from various historical, political and geographic contexts to develop your own appreciation of how human rights and humanitarian action work in practice, and how both projects seek to frame political and social issues in a moral language.
The overall aim of the specialisation is to equip you with a mix of theoretical insights and practical skills that are essential for reflection and effective participation in these two fields. The specialisation approaches the topics and contemporary challenges from the multiple perspectives of the different disciplines taught at the Graduate Institute: international law, history, anthropology, sociology, economics, political science and international relations.
By the end, you will be familiar with the inner workings of national and global institutions in charge of making human rights and humanitarianism real in the world.