Academic regulations for Master's Degree Programme in Human Security (2015)

Version: Prepared by: Assigned body of external co-examiners:
2015 Department of Culture and Society Board of Studies The body of external co-examiners for International Development Studies
Effective date: Approved by: The degree programme entitles the graduate to the title:
01-09-2015 Dean of Arts cand.soc. i miljø- og konfliktanalyse
Master of Science (MSc) in Social Sciences in Human Security
Prescribed period of study:
120 ECTS

Contents

  1. About the degree programme
  2. Degree programme structure
  3. General rules
  4. Changes to the academic regulations

1. About the degree programme

1.1 The academic direction and primary subject areas of the programme

The Master's degree programme in human security is a multidisciplinary programme focusing on the interaction between political, social and environmental factors in global and local conflicts. The aim of the programme is to provide students with insight into relevant themes, academic perspectives and issues within human security, including training their skills in applying theory to the analysis of specific empirical cases.

1.2 Learning outcomes

Knowledge:

Graduates of the Master’s degree programme in Human Security possess:

• Insight into how political, global, environmental, agricultural, food-related and social issues can be analysed from the perspective of interdisciplinary human security.
• Knowledge of comparative and interdisciplinary approaches to human security, including climate change and understanding and management of conflicts
• Theoretical and practical knowledge of quantitative and qualitative methods of study with regard to producing, analysing and discussing data in relation to relevant literature in the field.

 Skills:

A graduate of the Master’s degree programme in Human Security is able to:

• Conduct critical assessment of texts involving theory and detailed empirical studies within environmental and agricultural analyses, anthropology and social science.
• Conduct a considered and critical analytical assessment of human and environmental security
• Apply approaches from both the natural and social sciences in understanding human security with the ability to combine these in a relevant context
• Establish an academic argument or thesis at a scholarly level and critically consider the inherent methodological and theoretical requirements
• Apply qualitative and quantitative methods in the completion of specific studies within human security.

 Competencies:

Graduates of the Master’s degree programme in Human Security possess:

• Ability to produce new knowledge on complex human security-related issues in a global context
• Competency in participating in interdisciplinary international teams and projects, including establishing projects based on specific guidelines
• An interdisciplinary and solution-orientated approach that is open to new ideas, techniques, methods and viewpoints.


1.3 Admission requirements and prerequisites

A completed Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 90 ECTS points of study within social science or environment-related studies is required for admission to the Master's degree programme in human security.

The following Bachelor's degrees are sufficient for admission to the Master's degree programme in human security:

- Bachelor's degree in biology (Aarhus University (AU). University of Southern Denmark (SDU), Aalborg University (AAU), University of Copenhagen (KU))
- Bachelor's degree in geography (AAU, KU)
- Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, food and environment (AU)
- Bachelor's degree in anthropology (AU, KU)
- Bachelor's degree in political science (AU, KU, SDU)
- Bachelor's degree in sociology (AAU, KU)
- Bachelor’s degree in sociology and cultural analysis (SDU)
- Bachelor’s degree in town, energy and environmental planning (AAU)
- Bachelor’s degree in environmental and resource management (SDU)
- Bachelor's degree in natural resources (KU)
- Bachelor's degree in food science (KU)
- Bachelor's degree in agricultural economics (KU)

Other qualifications can provide admission to the Master’s degree programme, provided the university assesses that their level, extent and content correspond to the degrees mentioned above.

The Master's degree programme in human security is taught in English and therefore requires applicants to have passed English at 'B' level or equivalent.


1.4 Students with a legal right of admission

There is no Bachelor's degree programme that provides a legal right of admission to the Mater's degree programme in Human Security


1.5 This programme grants access to

The Master’s degree programme in human security gives access to the PhD programme according to the current regulations for the programme.


1.6 Transitional regulations

As a consequence of the entering into force of the 2015 academic regulations, the 2013 and previous academic regulations will be closed down three years after the last admission year, so that the last exams will take place in the Summer of 2017.

The closing down of previous academic regulations means that all full degree students will be transferred to the newest academic regulations according to the transitional rules.

Students can be transferred from the 2013 academic regulations to the 2015 academic regulations in accordance with the following guidelines:

Certain courses are unchanged and consequently fall into place automatically:
- Tropical Ecosystem Management and Human Security
- Core Concepts Contextualised
- Agricultural Ecology and Food Product Systems and Security
- Human Security: Research Methods
- Conflict Dynamics and Management

Elective subject can, together with 20 ECTS Fieldwork/Work Placement, be transferred to 30 ECTS Fieldwork/Work Placement.

1.7 Time frame for the completion of the degree programme

Students must complete their Master’s degree programme no later than six months after their prescribed period of study. Depending on the start date and prescribed period of study, the degree programme must be completed by 1 March or 1 September. Programme extensions are included in the prescribed period of study.

Students who enrolled in their degree programme before 1 September 2016 will have their maximum period of study calculated on the basis of the remaining part of their prescribed period of study (rounded up in terms of whole semesters) plus six months up until 1 March or 1 September. However, a student’s maximum period of study cannot be extended beyond the maximum period of study established as of 1 September 2015.

Maximum periods of study established as of 1 September 2015: Students enrolled between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016 must have completed their degree programme within three years of starting it. Students enrolled between 1 February 2014 and 31 August 2015 must have completed their degree programme no later than 31 August 2018. Students enrolled on or before 1 September 2013 must have completed their degree programme no later than 31 August 2017.



2. Degree programme structure


Human Security


Studydiagram
Master's Degree Programme in Human Security
compulsory
optional
elective
auxiliary
 

Semester 1
Tropical Ecosystem Management and Human Security
10 ECTS
Core Concepts Contextualized
20 ECTS
Semester 2
Agricultural Ecology and Food Product Systems and Security
10 ECTS
Human Security: Research Methods
10 ECTS
Conflict Dynamics and Management
10 ECTS
Semester 3
Profile/Fieldwork/Work placement
30 ECTS
Semester 4
Thesis
30 ECTS

Theory and Key Concepts

50 ECTS

Knowledge:

• Insight into theory and debate within human security.
• Understanding of key concepts related to the human security approach and ability to apply these in a relevant context.
• Knowledge of food security, including agricultural and food systems in global, ecological and social perspectives
• Basic knowledge of tropical ecosystems and their management
• Understanding of the effects of short and long-term climate change on local populations
• Understanding of the relationship between management of natural resources and ecosystem services and the security and living conditions of local populations.

 Skills:

• Ability to raise relevant questions regarding environmental crises and conflict situations in order to achieve in-depth insight into global climate change, development and the dynamic aspects of conflicts.
• Ability to relate specific human security concepts to theories and debates in other relevant academic disciplines
• Ability to analyse issues relating to natural resource management and their influence on the local population
• Insight into the application of specific project methodologies
• Ability to analyse food security and renewable use of resources in relation to natural, social and political circumstances
• Ability to communicate orally and in writing at an academic level in relation to human security.

 Competencies:

• Ability to analyse and study global climate change, development and conflict from a multidisciplinary perspective.
• Ability to identify, analyse, assess and research scientific environmental conditions and questions on global conflict based on general social, political, economic and cultural contexts.
• Ability to identify, describe and analyse complex empirical and epistemological questions relating to human security.
• Ability to formulate developmental projects with focus in improving and securing living conditions for local populations via renewable natural resource management.

Se kursusudbud
Tropical Ecosystem Management and Human Security 10 ECTS Semester 1
Exam details

Description of qualifications:

Contents:
Please consult the course catalogue (http://kursuskatalog.au.dk) for further information about the course and examination form etc.

Forms of instruction:

Exam language:

Exam options:

Core Concepts Contextualized 20 ECTS Semester 1 7-point grading scale
Exam details See courses

Description of qualifications:

Aim:

In the evaluation of exam performance, emphasis is placed on the extent to which the student:

• Demonstrates in-depth insight into central theories and concepts associated with the human security approach
• Is able to summarise the central features of these theories and concepts and relate them to broader discussions of development and politics.
• Is able to identify and analyse one or more specific themes within the field of development politics using the chosen theories and concepts related to the human security approach.
• Can describe a specific case in a general context, i.e., include both specific characteristics of the example in question and the relevant political, economic and social contexts.
• Can discuss the case in question making use of relevant theories and concepts associated with the human security approach.
• Demonstrates analytical skills in the discussion of theories and concepts associated with the human security approach and their relevance for examining specific case-studies

Contents:

The course introduces students to key concepts and theories within human security. The course provides students with fundamental analytical insight into various theoretical approaches to the interaction between environment, conflict and security. This is given by focusing on selected theories and themes. These can include politics and state, violence and risk, nature and environment, and health and livelihood strategies.

Through a series of cases (e.g. armed conflict; drought/water resources; energy, deforestation; natural catastrophes etc.) which outline relevant aspects of human and environmental security, the course uses human security concepts for examining and discussing specific socio-political and economic contexts and possible solutions to the problems.

The course is structured as a series of conceptual themes where key concepts and theories are first examined before discussed in relation to a relevant case.

Forms of instruction:

  • Lecture
  • Classroom instruction

Comments on form of instruction:

Classroom teaching including guest lectures with contributions from outside the university followed by group discussions. The course is divided into thematic sections and the student will be assigned writing one short essay during the course.

Exam language:

  • English

Exam options:

   Set home assignment

Requirements for sitting the exam: The exam presupposes submission of one or more assigned exercises written during the semester. The number of exercises is specified by the teacher at the beginning of the semester.

Exam duration: 14 day(s)

Materials permitted: All

Form of co-examination: Internal co-examination

Assessment form: 7-point grading scale

Comments:

The examination consists of an individual written assignment. The assignment is set and is given by the course instructor 14 days prior to submission. The exam paper must include relevant texts from the syllabus.

Max. length: 15 pages


Agricultural Ecology and Food Product Systems and Security 10 ECTS Semester 2
Exam details

Description of qualifications:

Contents:
Please consult the course catalogue (http://kursuskatalog.au.dk) for further information about the course and examination form etc.

Forms of instruction:

Exam language:

Exam options:

Conflict Dynamics and Management 10 ECTS Semester 2 7-point grading scale
Exam details See courses

Description of qualifications:

In the evaluation of exam performances, emphasis is placed on the extent to which the student:

  • Demonstrates knowledge of selected approaches to the analysis and management of conflict
  • Is able to apply the selected approaches to the analysis of specific conflicts in order to identify conflict causes, escalations, and to formulate possible conflict resolution
  • Is able to discuss strengths and weakness of specific attempts at conflict resolution

Contents:

The course provides students with a fundamental theoretical insight into the social, environmental and political dimensions of conflicts, as well as selected approaches to peace and conflict research. Students are given an introduction to resources and techniques for solving specific conflicts and mediation based on selected examples. The course alternates between lectures and project work.

Forms of instruction:

  • Lecture
  • Classroom instruction

Comments on form of instruction:
The instruction form varies between, lectures, literature seminars, group work and a practical conflict resolution workshop.

Exam language:

  • English

Exam options:

   Set home assignment

Exam duration: 14 day(s)

Form of co-examination: Internal co-examination

Assessment form: 7-point grading scale

Comments:

The examination consists of an individual written assignment.

The topic and assignment question must be approved by the course instructor.

Length: max. 15 pages. The exam paper must include relevant texts from the syllabus.





Methodology

10 ECTS

Students acquire the following knowledge, skills and competencies through academic work within the module's disciplines:

 Knowledge:

• Theoretical and practical knowledge of quantitative and qualitative methods of study of with regard to producing, analysing and discussing data in relation to relevant literature in the field

 Skills:

• Ability to apply qualitative and quantitative methods in the completion of specific studies within human security

• Ability to plan a short study with collection and analysis of data in association with work placement / fieldwork

• Ability to select relevant methods in relation to a given problem-based study and to reason for these

 Competencies:

• Can formulate an academically sound study of practical issues within human security

• Can plan an independent study

• Can assess the methodological basis, including choice of method and validity, in academic studies, evaluations and consultant reports within human and environmental security.

Se kursusudbud
Human Security: Research Methods 10 ECTS Semester 2 Passed /failed
Exam details See courses

Description of qualifications:

Aim:

In the evaluation of exam performance, emphasis is placed on the extent to which the student:

• Demonstrates knowledge of various quantitative and qualitative methods and techniques for the collection of data relating to human and environmental security, including questionnaires, registration data, participant observation, interviews etc.
• Displays skills in producing a project description and problem formulation, including conducting an empirical and theoretical definition of this problem
• Is able to formulate a plan for the analysis of own collected data
• Is able to reason for and consider the applied methodological choices in relation to the nature of the assignment
• Is able to assess academic, methodological and ethical questions and to consider the role of the investigator in the chosen data collection method.

Contents:

The aim of Human Security: Research Methods is for the student to obtain a thorough knowledge of the most significant aspects of relevant qualitative and quantitative methods as well as to obtain skills in collecting and analysing own data. The initial work is with problem formulation and project description, after which the most significant aspects of qualitative and quantitative methods are discussed, i.e. construction, sampling, statistical analysis, participant observation, interviews and other qualitative methods. Throughout the course, students work in groups of 2-4 on developing their project description and will submit several smaller essays as during the course as preparation for writing the entire project description.

Forms of instruction:

  • Lecture
  • Classroom instruction

Comments on form of instruction:

The teaching consists of a combination of lectures, classroom teaching and exercises.

Exam language:

  • English

Exam options:

•  Set home assignment

Requirements for sitting the exam: Satisfactory classroom participation and active class attendance, documented by the approval of the project description of the exercise by the course instructor, is required prior to beginning the practical questionnaire, data registration or field-based study. Satisfactory classroom participation means regular, active and satisfactory participation in lessons available during the semester. - Regular means participating in at least 75% of the available lessons. - Active participation means that the student should participate in the activities associated with the teaching (general preparation, participation in class discussions, assignment work, etc.). - Satisfactory participation means that the student has reached the academic level required to pass the exam

Exam duration: 8 day(s)

Form of co-examination: Internal co-examination

Assessment form: Passed /failed

Comments:

Examination form: set written home assignment in the form of a project description with focus on methodology.

Max. Length: Max. 10 pages (excluding appendices).


•  Set home assignment

Requirements for sitting the exam: This exam form is only used in the event of a re-examination (2nd and 3rd exam attempt)

Exam duration: 7 day(s)

Form of co-examination: Internal co-examination

Assessment form: Passed /failed

Comments:

Re-examination form

The exam consists of a written take-home assignment on a set topic.
Max. length: 10 pages





Profile/Fieldwork/Work placement

30 ECTS

Se kursusudbud
International Electives (Group of exams)

Profile (Group of exams)

Students can choose from a range of profile courses. A given semester’s range of profile courses is submitted by the respective boards of studies for approval by the dean before being published in the Aarhus University course catalogue one year before the courses start. Detailed requirements regarding the form, content and exam format of each individual option are stated in the course descriptions in the catalogue. Detailed guidelines explaining how to apply for, prioritise and gain admission to profile courses can be found on the website http://studerende.au.dk/en/studies/subject-portals/arts/teaching/profile-courses/ 


Fieldwork/Work Placement 30 ECTS Passed /failed
Constituent
Exam details See courses

Description of qualifications:

In the evaluation of exam performance, emphasis is placed on the extent to which the student:

• Is able to clearly identify and present the overall issue to be addressed by the project, its theoretical basis and key analytical concepts
• Displays skills in the application of relevant methods and techniques for the collection and analysis of data in relation to the relevant issue
• Is able to identify analytical themes within the subject matter
• Is able to discuss and consider the methodological approach
• Is able to present the results of a scientific project to a relevant audience

Contents:

Students collect relevant data and acquire in-depth understanding of methods and techniques related to the human security approach; as well as demonstrate that they are able to organise the collected data.

The aim of the webinar, i.e. a course element designed to prepare students for their Master’s thesis, is to improve the ability of the students to produce a thesis that complies with the academic standards of the subject field concerned.

Forms of instruction:

  • Practical
  • Supervision

Comments on form of instruction:

The forms of instruction are:

- Practical

- Supervision

- Webinar

The fieldwork/work placement has a minimum duration of 3 months and maximum 5 months. The placement takes place in partnership with an institution, organisation or business and can be in association with existing or new research or development within human security.

The student’s task during the placement must include significant elements of data collection, analysis and reporting.

The placement will generally be linked to specific research or development programmes that are planned, carried out and/or assessed in partnership with the host institution, organisation or business.

The host institution must ensure that students receive academically qualified supervision during the placement.

In addition to this, the student is in regular contact with the academic supervisor, who ensures that the project complies with the required academic standards as described above.

Before the fieldwork/work placement is started a contract is agreed between the student and the host institution, and approved by the supervisor. The contract has to be signed by all three parties and comply with the rules in force. At the approval it is ensured that the fieldwork/work placement is academically relevant and can be organised within the prescribed period of study.     

The webinar prepares the student for writing a thesis synopsis, which is part of the course’s exam.

Exam language:

  • English

Exam options:

   Take-home assignment on topic of student's choice

Form of co-examination: Internal co-examination

Assessment form: Passed /failed

Comments:

The take-home assignment is max. 20 pages consisting of a field report (max. 15 pages) that presents the process of data collection and most important findings; and a thesis synopsis (max. 5 pages) that outlines the content and structure of the planned thesis.

Maximum length: 20 pages.

The topic and assignment question must be approved by the supervisor.

 





Thesis

30 ECTS

Students acquire the following knowledge, skills and competencies through academic work within the module's disciplines:

Knowledge:

• In-depth knowledge of relevant literature.

• In-depth knowledge of and skills in written communication of a project of high empirical and theoretical complexity in a scholarly context.

 Skills:

• Ability to independently carry out an in-depth analysis and assessment of a relevant human security-related topic based on a large body of published work with optional inclusion of own work collected during field work or work placement

• Ability to compile and present an academic argument and critically relate to choices of methodology and theoretical foundations.

 Competencies:

• Ability to apply academic methodology and theory to study of a specific, defined academic issue within human security

• Ability to work in a project oriented manner, including planning and conducting project work whilst taking time and other resources into consideration

• Ability to analyse and organise a large amount of academic information into concise written form.

Se kursusudbud
Thesis 30 ECTS Semester 4 7-point grading scale
Required and constituent
Exam details

Description of qualifications:

In the evaluation of exam performance, emphasis is placed on the extent to which the student:

• Is able to independently conduct a thorough analysis, assessment and consideration of a specific subject within human security.

• Has in-depth knowledge of relevant literature.

• Is able to discuss the literature in relation the chosen issue.

• Relates to, argues for and considers the theoretical foundation and the applied method of study.

• Displays skills in the application of academic methodology in the study of a defined academic issue.

• Is able to discuss the results of the analysis in a broad practical and/or theoretical perspective.

Contents:
The thesis aims to provide students with the opportunity to conduct a detailed analysis and consideration of a topic within human security related to the themes covered in the relevant line of study, based on either published work or information collected during the work placement or methodology course. The thesis also aims to provide in-depth knowledge of literature relevant to the topic and to ensure thorough analysis, consideration and discussion of relevant theories, issues and debates within human security.

Forms of instruction:

  • Supervision

Comments on form of instruction:
The forms of instrution are

  • Supervision
  • Thesis writing workshop(s)

Students are assigned a supervisor. A written contract is agreed between student and supervisor, including a short description of the subject of the thesis, the planned month of submission and the student's and supervisor's signatures.

Exam language:

  • English

Exam options:

•  Take-home assignment on topic of student's choice

Form of co-examination: External co-examination

Assessment form: 7-point grading scale

Comments:

Examination form: written assignment, topic of own choice, max. 80 pages in length (excluding the summary).

The thesis must contain a summary of max. 2 pages in length in a foreign language or Danish, according to supervisor approval. The summary is included in the overall assessment.


•  Take-home assignment on topic of student's choice

Form of co-examination: External co-examination

Assessment form: 7-point grading scale

Comments:

Examination form: portfolio

The portfolio consists of 2-6 written assignments with a total length of max. 50 pages, with a final section of max. 30 pages in length. Each section of the portfolio focuses on a selected issue. The final section presents relevant theoretical and methodological issues with considerations and perspectives. The final section must contain a summary of max. 2 pages in length in a foreign language or Danish, according to supervisor approval. The summary is included in the overall assessment.


•  Take-home assignment on topic of student's choice

Form of co-examination: External co-examination

Assessment form: 7-point grading scale

Comments:

Examination form: thesis with product

The student produces an assignment consisting of two parts:

1) A product. The product must have a clear academic relevance, but must deviate from the traditional type of dissertation. The extend and form of the product is agreed upon with the supervisor. The product can be in the form of e.g. an analytical report, an evaluation or a process design.

2) A written assignment of max. 40 pages (excluding the summary). The written assignment must summarise the aim of the product, including the target group and intended application, as well as present relevant theoretical and methodological issues and considerations and perspectives.

The written assignment must contain a summary of max. 2 pages in length in a foreign language or Danish, according to supervisor approval. The quality of the summary can affect the final mark awarded.

All elements of the exam must be in English.





3. General rules

3.1 Authority

The Degree Programme Order, The Ministerial Order no. 1328 of 15/11/2016 on Bachelor's and Master's Degree Programmes at the Universities (https://www.retsinformation.dk/Forms/R0710.aspx?id=184781). (in Danish only).

The Examination Order, Ministerial Order no. 1062 of 30/06/2016 on University Degree Programme Examinations (https://www.retsinformation.dk/Forms/R0710.aspx?id=183445) (in Danish only).

The Ministerial Order on the Grading Scale and Other Forms of Assessment of University Education (grading scale order) (https://www.retsinformation.dk/Forms/R0710.aspx?id=167998) (in Danish only).

The Master's (Candidatus) Admissions Order, Ministerial Order no. 111 of 30/01/2017 on Admission to Master's Degree Programmes at Danish Universities (https://www.retsinformation.dk/Forms/R0710.aspx?id=186472) (in Danish only).


3.2 Credit and flexibility

Students who wish to complete degree programme elements at another university or institution of higher education in Denmark or abroad as part of their degree programme may apply for advance approval of transfer credit for planned subject elements. When applying for advance approval of credit transfer, applicants must pledge that they will submit documentation for the mark awarded for the degree programme elements in question (pass/fail) when the subject element has been completed. Applicants must also consent that the board of studies may procure the necessary documentation. Credit will subsequently be granted for successfully completed degree programme elements. The Board of Studies can also approve credit transfer from Danish or foreign institutions of higher education, cf.the Degree Programme Order and the Examination Order.If the university approves the credit transfer of a passed subject or subject element from a Danish or non-Danish institution of higher education, the assessment must be credited as 'Pass' or 'Approved'. If the subject element in question is assessed according to the 7-point grading scale at both institutions, the grade is transferred with the credit. If a subject or subject element etc. is taken at an educational institution abroad, an enclosure to the certificate must indicate the grade awarded according to the grading scale used at that institution and must provide a description of the grading scale used.

3.3 Registration and withdrawal

Registration for courses, exams and elective courses
Students are responsible for registering for courses and exams each semester. As a service to students following the prescribed curriculum for their degree programme, they will be registered for teaching and exams in the obligatory courses of their degree programme in the prescribed order stated in the academic regulations immediately before the registration deadline. Students are responsible for ensuring that their registrations are correct by the deadline for registration and withdrawal. Withdrawal from an exam cannot take place after the deadline of withdrawal. If a student does not participate in the exam, he/she will be registered with a Not Passed grade.

Students, who follow the prescribed curriculum, have priority to classes on the semester, which they have reached according to the academic regulations.

Students must register for and (when necessary) prioritise elective courses before the set deadline, which can be found on the study portal. After the deadline for withdrawal, the elective course becomes a compulsory part of the student’s degree programme and cannot be changed.

The deadlines for registration and withdrawal can be found on the study portal.

Registration and withdrawal from re-examinations (second and third examination attempts):
Students who do not pass their first examination attempt can register for their second examination attempt during the re-examination period of the same semester.  In order to register for the re-examination, students must have participated in the ordinary exam prior to the re-examination. Re-examinations are held twice a year: immediately after the ordinary examination period and in the following semester’s examination period. Students who do not pass their first examination attempt must register for the re-examination before the set deadline, which can be found on the study portal.

The deadline for withdrawal is the same as the deadline for registration for re-examinations and can be found on the study portal.

Re-examinations (second and third examination attempts):
Re-examinations take place during the re-examination period. If the academic regulations state only one form of examination for a given exam, the student can request to take the exam during the ordinary examination period. Such a request must be submitted no later than on expiry of the deadline for registration (see the study portal). Students who submit their request thereafter cannot expect to have their request accepted.

When the academic regulations specify a special form of examination for the re-examination, this form of re-examination must be used for the student’s second and third examination attempt, unless the student meets the requirement for class participation and the exam is interrupted due to documented illness that entitles the student to a re-examination.

For AU rules concerning examinations, see http://www.au.dk/en/about/organisation/index/5/56/5602examinationsausrules/

Active enrolment requirements
An active enrolment requirement of 45 ECTS per academic year apply to all students (see Aarhus University's rules of 1 September 2016: http://www.au.dk/en/about/organisation/index/4/41/). This means that students must pass a minimum of 45 ECTS per academic year.


3.4 Spelling and fluency

When assessing master's (candidatus) theses and other major written assignments, emphasis must, in addition to the academic content, also be placed on the students' spelling and writing skills. The curriculum stipulates how spelling and writing skills are weighted in the overall assessment of the examination performance, but the academic content is always given the highest weight, unless the subject or subject element is language or foreign language.

3.5 Regulations for assignments

Conditions regarding the extent of written submissions are stated in the description of each degree programme component. A normal page for written submissions is 2400 characters (with spaces). To calculate normal pages, both text and notes are included, but not the front page, table of contents and bibliography. Written submissions that do not comply with these conditions cannot be accepted for assessment.

3.6 Using computers for examinations

For the university's regulations regarding the use of computers in examinations, see http://www.au.dk/en/about/organisation/index/5/56/

3.7 Project-oriented course

Options for project-oriented courses are stated in the description of the individual study element.

3.8 Exemption

An exemption is a deviation from that or those regulations that normally apply for the area in question. Exemption can be granted on the basis of an application sent to the authority that has the power to grant such exemption. An application for exemption must be submitted to the board of studies. If another authority has the power to grant exemption, the board of studies forwards the application to the appropriate authority (e.g. the dean, rector or ministry). An application for exemption must be made in writing, stating reasons, and must be submitted as soon as possible. For the application to be processed immediately, it must include a precise account of the regulation from which exemption is sought, and what such exemption is intended to achieve (e.g. permission to use special aids, extension of examination time, postponement of time limits). Documentation for the unusual conditions that justify exemption must be enclosed with the application. Importance will not normally be attached to such conditions if they are not documented.

3.9 Appeals and complaints

Complaints must be submitted to the Board of Studies. A prerequisite for immediate processing is that the complaint must be made in writing, stating reasons. The complaint must state both the cause of the complaint and what the complainant expects to achieve. Complaints regarding examinations must be submitted no later than 14 days following the release of the examination results, cf. The Examination Order. If your appeal is denied, you have the option of bringing it before a board of appeals. The board of appeals may only hear appeals regarding academic issues. The appeal, which must be in writing with reasons given, must be sent to the board of studies within two weeks of receipt of the university's decision.

3.10 Examinations

Prerequisites
If you need to fulfil a prerequisite in order to sit an exam, your lecturer must confirm that the prerequisite has been fulfilled prior to the exam. If you do not meet the prerequisite, you cannot sit the exam and will have used one exam attempt. This applies to both scheduled exams and re-examinations. If you need to fulfil a prerequisite in order to sit a scheduled exam, you will typically have to upload a certain number of assignments to Blackboard by a deadline set by your lecturer. If you need to fulfil a prerequisite in order to sit your re-examination, you will have to submit a certain number of assignments to your examiner by the deadline for registering for the re-examination. The deadline can be found on the study portal.

Syllabus
A syllabus may be reused. However, with the reservation that it is only valid for three semesters: the semester in which the course is taught, and the following two semesters.

Language of examination
The language of examination is english

Assessment
In the assessment of all written examinations, emphasis will be placed on the student's ability to present an academic problem area and manage an academic task, including compliance with formal academic requirements (references, quotations, etc.). In the assessment of all oral examinations, emphasis will be placed on the student's ability to present academic material, organise an oral presentation and enter into academically constructive dialogue. The results of all examinations are stated on the diploma, including their ECTS value. 

Acts and ministerial orders, as well as the university's rules and regulations relating to education, are available in the electronic rules and regulations of Aarhus University at http://www.au.dk/en/about/organisation/index/5/56/


3.11 Exchange

Options for exchange are stated in the description of the individual study element.

4. Changes to the academic regulations

01.09.2015:
Deletion of oral part of exam form 2 and 3 under Thesis

01.09.2016:
- Removal of progression requirements
- Updating of “General rules”
- Updating of “About the degree programme”
- Human Security: Research Methods: Precise identification of requirements for participation. Addition of re-examination.

01.09.2017:
- Updating of “General rules”
- Adjustment of Thesis with product
- Adjustment of "Human Security research Metoids"
- Adjustment of "Fieldwork/Work Placement"