Slavery and Liberation MA/PGDip/PGCert

 
  

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Qualification
MA Slavery and Liberation
Duration
MA: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time, PGDip: 9 months full-time, 18 months part-time, PGCert: 9 months full-time, 13 months part-time
Entry requirements
2:1 (or international equivalent)
Other requirements
Mature applicants without standard entry requirements but with substantial and relevant experience may be considered. All students will also have to attend 2 weeks of face-to-face teaching in the UK. Therefore they will need to be able to obtain an appropriate visa and fund this activity (travel, accommodation, subsistence).
IELTS
IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element) or CELE pre-sessional course final assessment of "Pass with Merit".

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
September
Campus
Available by distance learning, with some teaching on University Park for MA/PGDip
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.
 

Overview

Taught by world-leading academic and practitioner experts, this internationally recognised distance-learning course is the first of its kind in the world.
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It will provide you not only with the academic grounding of the study of contemporary slavery but also comprehensive training on how best to achieve the liberation and social reintegration of those in slavery.

You will be introduced to key concepts and challenges in slavery, liberation, anti-slavery and human rights, and will benefit from:

  • an in-depth, academic look into an important and growing area of human rights work
  • specialist practical training to plan and carry-out anti-slavery and anti-trafficking activities aimed at liberation, rehabilitation, reintegration, prevention, protection and prosecution
  • training to enable you to conduct independent research in the specific area of human rights

As this is a distance-learning course, the majority of content will be taught online, allowing you to connect with the course and other students from across the globe. There are also opportunities for MA and PGDip students to study at Nottingham through intensive face-to-face modules, however, the PGCert can be completed solely online. If you choose to study the MA or PGDip part-time, you won't need to travel to Nottingham until your second year.

There are more slaves alive today than at any point in history. Around the world, nearly 41 million people are forced to work against their will for no pay.
 

Professor Kevin Bales and Dr Louise Kettle talk about MA Slavery and Liberation.

Key facts

  • This internationally recognised distance-learning course is the first of its kind in the world
  • The University's Rights Lab is the world's first large-scale research platform for ending slavery; it is currently tracking slavery with satellite technology and ensuring business don't use slave labour
  • Ranked in the UK top 15 for research power in the latest Research Excellence Framework
  • Top 100 worldwide for politics and international relations in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017
  • Committed to excellence in teaching, having won 13 Higher Education Academy awards
  • Expert academics who contribute to public debate through national and international media, including such publications as The Independent, The LA Times and Le Monde
 

Course details

All versions of this course include four 20-credit core modules which are taught online. MA and PGDip students also take two 20-credit modules back-to-back over two weeks of intensive face-to-face seminars in Nottingham (in the spring semester for full-time students and in the spring semester of year two for part-time students).

Please note, the cost of transport, visas, accommodation and subsistence for the face-to-face element is in addition to course fees.

MA students will complete their studies with a 60-credit, 15,000-word dissertation. You will be allocated an appropriate dissertation supervisor who will oversee your progress.

Module structure
CourseYear oneYear two
  Autumn Spring Autumn Spring
MA
full-time  
Three online One online and two face-to-face    
MA
part-time
Two online One online One online Two face-to-face
PGDip
full-time 
Three online One online and two face-to-face    
PGDip
part-time
Two online One online One online Two face-to-face
PGCert
full-time  
Three online One online    
PGCert
part-time
Two online One online One online  

MA students complete their dissertation in the summer (of year two for part-time students).

Assessment

Assessment for each taught module will take place towards the end of each semester and is through a combination of coursework and participation.

 
 

Modules

Online modules

Slavery Since Emancipation

This module explores how slavery and the response to slavery changed after the end of legal slavery in late 19th century.

You will examine several themes including:

  • the social, moral, and political re-definition of slavery, and the way this re-definition shaped modern concepts of human rights
  • America's botched emancipation in 1865 and after; the emergence of 'slavery by another name'
  • the emergence of non-governmental organisations from the anti-slavery movement and their growth into a major influence in today's world
  • uses of 'new' technologies by the anti-slavery movements
  • the 'third' anti-slavery movement - The Congo Reform Association - King Leopold and the genocide/slavery nexus
  • use of forced labour by colonial powers and the emergence of global anti-slavery conventions within the League of Nations
  • the economic transformation of slavery as an economic pursuit in the late 20th and early 21st centuries

Case studies will also be offered to illuminate global patterns of change in relation to slavery.

 
Anti-Slavery Policy and Legal Frameworks

This module explores the development, complexity, and variety of governmental policies and legal frameworks dealing with slavery and human trafficking from the 20th to the 21st century.

You will examine several themes including:

  • legal definitions of slavery, practices similar to slavery (servitude), forced and compulsory labour, and human trafficking
  • the social, moral and political re-definition of slavery and the way this shapes modern approaches to anti-slavery law and policy
  • the emergence of non-governmental organisations from the anti-slavery movement and their influence on governmental policies and legal frameworks dealing with slavery
  • the role of anti-slavery issues in international diplomacy and law from the late 19th century to today
  • impact of regional international organisations on anti-slavery law and policies
  • development of domestic anti-slavery policies and laws enacted by countries around the world including the development of 'National Action Plans' against slavery in a number of countries
  • the emergence of trade regulations and laws concerning slavery in global supply chains, including the applicability of WTO and World Bank provisions

Selected case studies will be offered to illuminate global and regional patterns of change in anti-slavery and human trafficking laws and policies.

 
Research Methods in Human Rights

This module explores the specific methodologies, debates, and ethical concerns when conducting social research into human rights violations.

You will examine several themes including:

  • the vulnerability and special attention needed when research subjects are also victims of criminal acts
  • approaching contemporary slavery through different levels of analysis (individual, group and community, societal and culture) and what each unit of analysis can and cannot tell us about the subject under study
  • formulating research questions around human rights violations
  • leading edge estimation techniques for hidden crimes, activities, and populations
  • use of new technologies in unobtrusive data collection
  • use of correlational and inferential statistics in uncovering the underlying factors supporting slavery and trafficking

Case studies will be offered to illuminate diverse research techniques in relation to slavery. You will also explore research methods relevant to different stages of policy/intervention design, monitoring and evaluation, as well as research tools for making effective responses.

 
The Anti-Slavery Usable Past

This module explores what lessons may be learned from past anti-slavery movements and interrogates the literary, historical, artistic, and dramatic treatment of slavery over time to better grasp its complexity and common attributes.

You will examine several core areas including:

  • the role of slavery in early history, in creation myths, in the formation of law and concepts of hierarchy
  • the long history of creative culture devoted to the subject of slavery: Greek and Roman dramas and comedies; the medieval period; the modern period - 18th and 19th century writing, poems, and plays; and into the current era of fiction and film
  • how the slave narrative both shares common themes across centuries and changes
  • key novels addressing the lived experience of slavery
  • uses of 'new' technologies by the anti-slavery movements and how these took cultural forms
  • the treatment of slaves in art and visual culture, both exploitative and sympathetic in anti-slavery works

Novels, films, plays, historical and modern slave narratives will make up the core sources for this module.

 
Dissertation (MA only)

The dissertation allows you the opportunity to work in considerable detail on a topic of special interest to you related to the MA programme. You will choose the project, conduct the research, analyse the findings and write the report. It gives scope to undertake original research and to apply the knowledge and skills learnt throughout the MA programme.

The module will also include content on:

  • how to write a dissertation proposal
  • revisitation of ethical considerations and how to complete an ethical review
  • forming a research question
  • writing a literature review
  • method and methodology selection

You will be allocated a dissertation supervisor for guidance.

 

Face-to-face modules (MA/PGDip only)

Methods of Liberation and Reintegration

This is the first of two professional training modules, which lays the foundation for an understanding of how those in slavery can best be reached, liberated and helped to achieve full lives.

You will examine:

  • types of intervention; symptomatic responses and systemic responses
  • the place of community-based anti-slavery work within other anti-slavery strategies, and community-based work as a strategy for institutionalising government responsibility
  • methods of liberation and slavery eradication
  • basic principles of community organising and social mobilisation
  • economic and psychosocial recovery; access to legal justice for survivors
  • the role of local actors, and development of social movements/alliances with other social movements
  • strengthening government fulfilment of their responsibilities
  • using the reach of aid and mainstream development programmes into affected communities; how to integrate anti-slavery components
  • strategies for developing business responsibility against slavery
 
Programme Design in Human Rights

This is the second of two professional training modules, which enables you to explore and use various tools for planning programme interventions against slavery, and more broadly within the human rights and development field.

It will help you consider which types of planning and monitoring approaches are most conducive to broad engagement of frontline activists, NGO teams and programme participants (in this case, often slavery survivors) in working together to progressively eliminate slavery.

It assumes that the overall goals of the organisation are already established, and the focus is then on the preparation, design and implementation of particular programmes through which those goals are pursued. It will assist students to prepare proposals as well as gain a better understanding of the capacity and training needs of the organisations that would carry out the planned work.

This module focuses on building practical skills and designing approaches that are:

  • relevant to the context
  • aimed at achieving transformative change, especially through stimulating new patterns of behaviour by key actors
  • based on the insights and needs of participants
  • cost effective
  • able to generate appropriate data for programme improvement and to demonstrate results
  • stimulating collaboration and engagement among a range of key stakeholders
 

 

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.

 
 

Funding

Funding information is available on the school website and can also be found on the Graduate School website.

International and EU students

The University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your masters course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.

The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.

 
 

Careers

This course will prepare you for a career in a wide range of fields relating to human rights, such as national government, international organisations and non-governmental organisations.

Graduating from Nottingham means that you have opened the door to an opportunity for an interesting and well paid career. Our students are highly regarded by employers because of the strong academic foundation and transferable skills that they gain during their degree course.

Placements

We offer a range of local, national and international placement opportunities, which may be paid or voluntary, part-time alongside your studies or longer placements during University vacations.

Progression

If you wish to continue your studies after completing this course, we offer a range of research opportunities with PhD supervision in most subject areas.

Employability and average starting salary

90% of postgraduates from the School of Politics and International Relations who were available for employment secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £22,429 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £29,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career and professional development

Whether you are looking to enhance your career prospects or develop your knowledge, a postgraduate degree from the University of Nottingham can help take you where you want to be.

Our award-winning Careers and Employability Service offers specialist support and guidance while you study and for life after you graduate. They will help you explore and plan your next career move, through regular events, employer-led skills sessions, placement opportunities and one-to-one discussions.

 
 
 
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Disclaimer
This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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