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Human Rights: Ethical, Social and Political Challenges

Bilbao campus | PhD


 Real Decreto 99/2011, de 28 de enero 

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The programme

PhD programme in Human Rights: Ethical, Social and Political Challenges, offered by the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, University of Deusto, is a multidisciplinary programme which aims to provide an advanced transversal research framework within the field of human rights.

The programme focuses on finding answers to challenges in the field of social justice through research. The research groups working on this programme concentrate on three main areas.

  1. International migrations, integration and social cohesion
  2. Human rights, cultural diversity and identities
  3. Human rights, conflicts and humanitarian action
  4. Analysis of social values
  5. Social welfare
  6. Development and social transformation
  7. Conflicts and cultures of peace

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Distinctive for its international profile and fostering student and staff mobility through the different research networks, the programme is organised in compliance with the European Higher Education Area and the European Research Area guidelines.

The programme is also set up as a collaboration project between several departments and centres at the UD Faculty of Human and Social Sciences and the Law Faculty, thus ensuring the necessary multidisciplinary aspect the programme is based on. The following take part in this programme: Pedro Arrupe Human Rights Institute, Inter-faculty Institute of the UD Faculty of Human and Social Sciences and the Law Faculty. Founded in 1997, the institute mainly works for a human rights culture, from a university perspective with a clear social and international vocation. It is in charge of coordinating and managing this PhD programme.

The Department of Social Work, Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, focuses on scientific comprehension of social changes, foreseeing future scenarios and formulating projects to improve and change society.

The University of Deusto’s Centre for Applied Ethics researches social issues related to ethical knowledge, approached from the UD’s values framework with special emphasis on today’s environment.