Democracy and Human Rights

The Muwatin Institute for the Study of Democracy and Human Rights offers a program of study leading to the MA degree in Democracy and Human Rights. The Program seeks to develop interdisciplinary research and study skills, and knowledge production and innovation related to the development of a more democratic public sphere in Palestine and the world, with a focus on the protection of human rights and human dignity. Develop a national emancipatory understanding and practice related to the questions of democracy and human rights.

The Program addresses itself to students who are interested in any aspect of Democracy and Human Rights, including educators (schools, institutes, and universities), workers in government and civil society organizations, and academic researchers interested in democracy and human rights issues.

The M.A Program in Democracy and Human Rights

The training of experts in various areas including: teaching democracy and human rights, working on question of democracy and human rights in various sectors, and knowledge production on issues of democracy and human rights, and contributing to the building and consolidation of democracy and the respect and protection of human rights, and fostering social justice.

  • Capable graduates, who can contribute to building and consolidating democratic societies that respect and protect human rights and human dignity.
  • Interdisciplinary academic research oriented towards contributing to achieving a better life for Palestinians through developing democratic structures and the respect of human rights.

Education sector (schools, institutes and universities), civil society organizations, the public sector, international organizations, and all institutions that need personnel with knowledge in issues of democracy and human rights.

  1. Accepted applicants are expected to sit for an English language test whose result will determine whether the applicant needs to take a remedial course of 3 credit hours in the English language. The remedial course must be taken before the third semester of enrolment in the Program, in accordance with the rules and regulations of the School of Graduate Studies at Birzeit University 
  2. In order to graduate, a student must complete a minimum of 36 credit hours distributed as follows:
  • Compulsory courses: completion of 16 credit hours.
  • Elective courses: students must complete 14 credit hours:  Choice of electives must comply with requirements and restrictions indicated below.
  • Completion of 6 credits in the form a thesis Track “A”, or as two research seminars for Track “B”.

 

List of Courses, Requirements and Restrictions Applicable to Programme Students

Type of Course

Course No.

Course Title

Requirements and Restrictions

Prerequisite(s)

Remedial Courses

DMHR5001

English Language for Studying Social Sciences

Required as per results of examination

 

DMHR5002

Advanced Introduction to Social Sciences

Required as per letter of admission

 

DMHR6001

Using the Library, Data bases, Search Engines, and Scientific Documentation

 

 

DMHR6002

Critical Reading and review of Literature

 

 

DMHR6003

Scientific Writing and Argument Construction

 

 

DMHR6004

Research Proposal Writing

 

 

DMHR6005

Field Work

 

 

DMHR6006

Quantitative Analysis

 

 

Required Courses

(16 Credit Hours)

DMHR6311

Democracy in Theory and Practice

Required 6 hours

 

DMHR6312

Human Rights in Theory and Practice

DMHR6313

Introduction to Studying and Researching Interdisciplinary Issues in Social Sciences

Required 3 hours

DMHR6311 or  DMHR6312

DMHR6321

Issues of Transitions to Democracy

Required 3 hours

DMHR6311

DMHR6322

History of Democracy

DMHR6331

International Human Rights Law 

Required 3 hours

DMHR6312

DMHR6332

International, Regional, and National Mechanisms for the Protection of Human Rights

DMHR7151

Internship (practicum)

Required 1 hour

Program consent

DMHR7152

Documentation of Violations (practicum)

Program consent

DMHR7153

Strategic Planning

Program consent

DMHR7154

Managing Campaigns and Activities

Program consent

Elective Courses

(14 Credit Hours)

DMHR6351

Theories of Rights and Human Rights

 

DMHR6312

DMHR6352

Democracy and Social Justice

 

DMHR6311DMHR6312

DMHR6353

Democracy and the Deconstruction of Hegemonic Structures

 

DMHR6311

DMHR6354

Political Theories and the Sources of Legitimacy

 

DMHR6311

DMHR6355

Democracy and the Questions of Identity, Culture and History

 

DMHR6311

DMHR6356

Civil Society

 

Program consent

DMHR6357

Democracy, Human Rights, and Globalization

 

DMHR6311DMHR6312

DMHR6358

Democracy and Human Rights in Education

 

DMHR6311DMHR6312

DMHR6359

The Legislative Process

 

DMHR6311DMHR6312

DMHR6161

Basics of International Criminal Law

 

Program consent

DMHR6162

Basics of International Humanitarian Law

 

Program consent

DMHR6163

Basics of International Humanitarian and Criminal Law and the Palestinian Cause

 

Program consent

DMHR6171

Democracy as an Interest and a Value

 

Program consent

DMHR6172

Democracy and Citizenship

 

Program consent

DMHR6173

Democracy, International Relations, and the World Order

 

Program consent

DMHR6181

Political Parties in Palestine

 

Program consent

DMHR6182

Palestinian Civil Society Organizations

 

Program consent

DMHR6183

Refugee Rights

 

Program consent

DMHR6184

Human Rights and Current Laws in Palestine

 

Program consent

DMHR6187

Interaction with Current Debates in The Field

 

 

DMHR6185

Issues of Democracy and Human Rights Under Occupation

 

DMHR6186

The Condition of Human Rights in Palestine

 

DMHR6187

Interaction With Current Debates In The Field

 

 

DMHR6190

Current Issues

 

Program consent

DMHR7311

Critiques of Democracy and Human Rights

 

Completion of required courses or Program consent

DMHR7312

Democracy and Political Transformations in the Global South

 

Completion of required courses or Program consent

DMHR7313

Democracy and Human Rights in Contemporary Arab and Islamic Thought

 

Completion of required courses or Program consent

DMHR7314

Human Dignity, Democracy, and Human Rights

 

Completion of required courses or Program consent

DMHR7315

The Philosophy of Human Rights

 

Completion of required courses or Program consent

DMHR7316

Arab State, Revolution, and Political Transformation

 

Completion of required courses or Program consent

DMHR7317

Hegemony, Democracy, and Human Rights in the World and in Palestine

 

Completion of required courses or Program consent

 

DMHR7120

Selected Conceptions of Democracy and Human Rights

 

Program consent

DMHR7130

Selected Models of Human Rights Practices

 

Program consent

DMHR7140

Selected Models of Democratic Practice

 

Program consent

 

DMHR7190

Contemporary Issues

 

Program consent

 

DMHR7390

Special Topic

 

Program consent

Requirements for Graduation in Track “A”

DMHR8600

Thesis 

Required 6 hours

Completion of required courses and Program consent

Requirements for Graduation in Track “B”

DMHR8301

Seminar 1 (in Democracy)

DMHR8302

Seminar 2 (in Human Rights)