Human Rights: Bachelor Degree Thesis

15 Credits
First Cycle Level 2
School of Humanities and Media Studies
Subject field
Religious Studies (RKA)
Group of Subjects
Religious Studies
Disciplinary Domain
Humanities, 100%
This course can be included in the following main field(s) of study
Political Science2
Religious Studies3
Progression indicator within (each) main field of study
Approved, 13 March 2017.
This syllabus is valid from 13 March 2017.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the students shall be able to:

  • independently identify a researchable problem within the field of human rights
  • independently plan and within a given time-frame conduct a defined academic investigation and present it as an academic thesis
  • use established academic methods to investigate a problem within the field of human rights
  • critically and independently analyze theories of human rights and/or their practical relevance and consequences
  • communicate, in writing, advanced knowledge about a specific theme of the field of human rights
  • formulate a constructive, systematic assessment of texts, and relate perceptively to and work with their own texts in accordance with such an assessment
  • demonstrate an awareness of potential ethical problems related to research, and an ability to prevent these.

Course Content

The course involves writing a bachelor’s thesis within the field of human rights. Human rights have become a dominant framework for how states and citizens/individuals should act in relation to each other. At the same time, there are concerns raised that the language of human rights is insufficiently flexible in terms of specific cultures and may support oppressive structures. The thesis work is performed using academic methods and is based on theories relevant to the research field. The thesis may be used for a bachelor’s degree in history, religious studies, sociology, or political sciences.


The students are assessed based on a bachelor’s thesis that is presented and defended at a seminar at which the students are also required to discuss another student’s thesis. Supervision is obligatory.

Forms of Study

The forms of study are lectures, seminars and supervision. All teaching is in English.


The Swedish grades U - VG


  • 150 credits of which at least 60 credits within history, religious studies, sociology, political sciences or international relations, and English B/English 6 at Swedish upper secondary school, or equivalent knowledge. No knowledge of Swedish is required.

Other Information

All teaching is web-based. Seminars and lectures are scheduled at specific times, and active participation is required at the seminars. The student requires a computer, headset, webcam, and internet connection or equivalent technical equipment to take the course.

Replaces RK2003.