2020 Introductory Materials

Welcome to the Asia Pacific Master of Arts in Human Rights and Democratisation program 2020!

To help you prepare for your classes, the Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies (IHRP) and the GC Asia Pacific team have collaborated to present you this compilation of references to give you a taste of graduate school–APMA style. This serves as a preview of what your first semester at Mahidol University entails.

The first part introduces you to the fundamentals of human rights and democratisation. The second part is compiled as a training module for you to get used to academic writing. The third part helps you learn how to tackle a crucial requirement in the accomplishment of your degree – your research project. The final (and best) section is an all-new initiative that aims to get you to know your professors at the IHRP. In this section, your lecturers will each provide you an overview of the courses in the first semester.

Know that your lecturers will always be willing to help you in your human rights journey – before, during, and even after you have graduated from the APMA program. Although the program lasts for only a year, we aim to impart as much knowledge, skill, and experience to help you in your journey towards defending human rights and promoting democracy.

As an extra incentive to studying these materials, the APMA Team will organize a quiz to test your knowledge of the mandatory readings during the first week of the program.

1. Introducing Human Rights

1.1. Mandatory Introductory Readings, Documents, and Websites

1.1.1. The Basics

1.1.2. Civil and Political Rights

1.1.3. Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights

1.2.Additional Introductory Readings, Documents, and Websites

1.3. Basic Compilations of Legal Texts

1.4. Recommendations

1.5. Come Prepared

2. Learning Basic Academic Skills

From the readings and requirements, you will need to develop a skill in critical analysis to allow you to provide your own contribution to the discourse. Expect that the courses will demand a lot of reading and writing, so learning about the appropriate writing styles and referencing beforehand would be advantageous for you.These materials may help you develop an understanding of how to write and structure your essays.

2.1. Writing an Essay

2.2. Quoting and Referencing

2.3. Doing Presentations

2.4. Preventing Plagiarism

2.5. Recommendations

2.5.1   Focus and Concentration in the Age of Digital Destruction

3. Structuring Your Research Project

The following materials introduce you to the essentials of research writing. Studying all of the references and links collected here in depth is not mandatory, but the collection provides useful tips to take note of in approaching your own thesis project for the degree. Beyond providing you an overview of how to go about your own thesis, know that these materials can also help you in your career and/or future studies. We recommend that you keep this compilation at hand for your ease of reference and work throughout the year.

3.1 Literature Review

3.2 Methodology

3.3 Approach

4. Learning more through IHRP Lectures

Get to know your lecturers and your courses through these videos made especially for you! We understand that all students come from diverse educational and professional backgrounds. The APMA Team makes sure that you know what to expect from the program and what the program expects from you. These are all done in hope that it will lead you to a more productive and worthwhile experience with IHRP and APMA.