Read our interview with Jayde who graduated from the University of Brighton’s Globalisation: Politics, Conflict and Human Rights MA this year.
What made you choose this course over other MAs?
“I was looking for a course which covered wide-ranging topics and dealt with important issues. I knew I wanted my research to contribute to understanding the world’s issues and this course had the added bonus of including weeks on feminist thought and women’s rights which had been my pre-existing area of interest.
“I wanted my research to contribute to understanding the world’s issues”
“I was also drawn to the varied option modules available with this course, but it was after meeting the course leader at a postgraduate open evening that I knew this course was for me – the most important thing was learning from people who are not only experts but are also passionate about what they are teaching.”
What aspects of the MA have you enjoyed most?
“The student-led seminars were the highlight of my week. Having the opportunity to discuss the week’s readings always helped solidify understanding, and hearing different perspectives made the learning experience richer. I really enjoyed how varied the weekly topics were while overall connecting to provide a broad but rich understanding of globalisation and international relations.”
“I really enjoyed how varied the weekly topics were while overall connecting to provide a broad but rich understanding of globalisation and international relations”
How were the lectures?
“The lectures were always interesting and engaging, even when they were exclusively online during the pandemic – plus we had the added bonus of being able to pause to make notes! All of the lecturers – Dr Robin Dunford and Dr Vas Leontitsis – on this course were fantastic and I always felt like I got so much from them during the lectures.”
How did you fit the MA into your life – what was the timetable like?
“The MA timetable is set up for postgraduates in mind. Studying part time meant I only had one lecture and one seminar a week. These were on the same day and usually in the evening or late afternoon making it much easier to balance work and study.”
What did you enjoy about studying at Brighton?
“I felt that at Brighton there is an alternative approach to teaching, learning and thinking; exploring the world’s issues and solutions to those issues through a critical lens. I felt like I was surrounded by like-minded people, in an inclusive space.”
“I felt that at Brighton there is an alternative approach to
teaching, learning and thinking”
What subject did you write your dissertation on?
“My dissertation was on how transitional justice in the Guatemalan context failed to ensure justice for gender and environment. I researched the connection between violence against women and struggles for land, arguing that the violence of post-war mining conflicts reflects the violent tactics of the genocide, demonstrating a historical legacy of gendered, racialised and environmental violence in the country.”
Find out about studying Globalisation: Politics, Conflict and Human Rights MA (PGCert PGDip), based in our School of Humanities and Social Science.