|Study location||United Kingdom, Colchester Campus|
|Type||Bachelor courses, full-time|
|Nominal duration||3 years|
|Tuition fee||To be confirmed|
High school / secondary education (or higher)
The entry qualification documents are accepted in any language
At least 1 reference(s) must be provided.
You have the opportunity to examine human rights in historical context. Examine how ideas of human rights have developed historically and choose optional modules that relate to the field of human rights. Our course allows you to experience both disciplines, and to graduate with a strong competence in history and the study of human rights.
Within your history modules you discover both the early modern and modern periods, and explore challenging questions concerning the impact of political, social and cultural change on individuals, social groups, and regions.
Engage in a discourse on human rights, from political, sociological, philosophical, economic and historical perspectives. You are presented with the theoretical foundations, substantive knowledge, and evaluative tools for you to understand, respond to, and help shape national, regional, and international legal and political developments.
At Essex we are actively engaged in debates about the meaning of justice in the UK and beyond. Our Human Rights Centre is a recognised international leader. Through our work with the United Nations, governments, human rights organisations and corporations all over the world, we bring a global outlook to our teaching.
You have the opportunity to indulge your interests in history and human rights by selecting modules from a wide range of specialisms, including:
- Colonialism and the British Empire
- Urban life in Germany
- Global distributive justice and human rights
- The protection of human rights in the UK
- Freedom of thought and expression
Our Department of History has developed a strong research and teaching profile, with most of our research rated as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014). We provide you with opportunities to explore local history, and have strong links with the Essex Record Office, one of the best county record offices in the UK. You can also explore more international topics; our corridors are truly cosmopolitan, with an international research team and a high proportion of international students.
At Essex we specialise in commercial law, public law, and human rights law. Our School of Law is Top 20 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014), and we are ranked among the top 200 departments on the planet according to the QS World [University] Rankings  for law.
The Making of the Modern World 1776-1989
Foundations of Human Rights
Becoming a Historian
Themes in Global History (optional)
Truth, Justice, and the Nature of Politics (optional)
Co-Operation and Conflict (optional)
Making Histories: Concepts, Themes and Sources
Human Rights Organisations: International and Regional Institutions
Human Rights in Historical Perspective
Social Dimensions of Human Rights
History Works: Beyond Your BA
Resistance and Rebellion in the World of Atlantic Slavery (optional)
‘The Special Relationship’? Anglo-American Relations 1850-2005 (optional)
Independent Research Project
Selected Issues in Human Rights
The British Empire in the Indian Ocean World, 1780-1930 (optional)
Slavery and Plantation Societies in Latin America (optional)
Crime and Punishment: England in Comparative Perspective 1650-1900 (optional)
Many of our graduates go into subject-related fields such as teaching, museum curation and archiving, while others have gone on to do very different things, including journalism, law, politics and civil service.
Some of our recent graduates have found employment as:
An editorial assistant
A careers officer
A business development manager
A digital services consultant
We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.