PhD in Human Rights in Contemporary Societies

The Centro de Estudos Sociais, Universidade de Coimbra, offers a PhD in Human Rights in Contemporary Societies.

There are four main objectives of this PhD programme. First, it aims to develop non-positivist and multidisciplinary academic excellence in the field of human rights. Secondly, the programme introduces students to various perspectives to the history, theories, politics, institutions and practices of human rights in different contexts. It seeks to provide students with a cutting-edge curriculum on human rights. Thirdly, it seeks to promote methodological perspectives that combine theoretical and practical understandings of human rights with critical, intercultural and transformative perspectives. Finally, it is set to train students to contribute towards the promotion and protection of human rights in various contexts.

Students who have gone through the Ph.D. programme will:

  1. have thorough knowledge of the history, theories, politics, institutions and practices of human rights, as well as economic, social and cultural inhibiting factors;
  2. be equipped with theoretical, practical and methodological tools to evaluate human rights situations from various perspectives in different contexts;
  3. understand and engage in public controversy which tackle human rights issues arising at the local, national, regional and global levels;
  4. develop interdisciplinary research skills in the field of human rights in particular and the social sciences and humanities in general; and
  5. have the capabilities to train other interested persons on how to make use of, defend and/or conduct research in human rights.

Deadline for the 1st phase of applications: 4th to March 29, 2019.

Further information can be found here.

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