The Certificate of Advanced Studies on Migration and Diversity analyzes changes in social structures and cultural processes owing to migration. It teaches the skills to engage with others, create solutions that turn problems into opportunities, and explores conditions for larger social inclusion. Migration streams affect all aspects of social life (public institutions, policy-making, businesses, media, health services, religion and ethics, gender and family). Diversification boosts enrichment and creates challenges.
This CAS analyzes changes in social structures and cultural processes owing to migration. It teaches the skills to engage with others, create solutions that turn problems into opportunities, and explores conditions for larger social inclusion. The modules cover structural and cultural aspects of migration, integration and diversity including political participation, social mobility and market inequality, inclusion and belonging, governance of international migration, prejudice and stereotyping, refugee processes, policies and social needs.
Our approach emphasizes active engagement and participation as well as application to specific cases. You will work in groups on real life problems to exchange views and understand differences in perspectives, apply theoretical knowledge to practice, and develop creative solutions. Professors and senior researchers from the partner universities and guest professor are international experts in their disciplines. We encourage you to think outside of the box and develop deep insight.
We will present applicable theory and cutting-edge research findings on migration as a global and local process:
You will learn to apply theory in hands-on exercises;
You will develop communication skills and strategies that foster social inclusion and cohesion;
You will learn to analyze intercultural interactions in interpersonal, organizational and social settings, policies and organizational practices, and media.
WHOM IS THE CAS FOR?
Professionals seeking career advancement in public institutions that serve or employ migrants or address migration issues such as federal or local institutions, non-governmental organizations, or corporate organizations with diverse migrant workforce.
The CAS on Migration and Diversity is a joint certificate coordinated between:
Master of Advanced Studies in Intercultural Communication (MIC), Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland
Swiss Forum for Migration and Populations Studies (SFM), Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland
The CAS has 6 modules for a total of 3 weeks, a week roughly every two months.
Our approach emphasizes active engagement and participation as well as application to specific cases. You will work in groups on real-life intercultural communication problems to exchange views and understand differences in perspectives, apply theoretical knowledge to practice, and develop creative solutions. We encourage you to work outside of the box and develop deep insight.
The modules cover structural and cultural aspects of migration, integration, and diversity including political participation, social mobility and market inequality, inclusion and belonging, governance of international migration, prejudice and stereotyping, refugee processes, policies and social needs.
Modules will be held at Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) in Lugano, at Université de Neuchâtel (UniNE) and the American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanon. Lebanon is a key site of the current migration and refuge processes; an ideal place to learn on the ground from a unique geographic, political and cultural perspective.
Week 1 | 12 - 17 November, 2018
In five units, we introduce participants to relevant social theory, present cutting-edge research findings, and discuss the applications and implications in various hands-on exercises. The module begins with how humans perceive the world and how immigration plays an important role in understanding and classifying the everyday. We then explore the consequences of this with regard to political representation, exclusion, the media, and right-wing populism to underline how migration poses a challenge to democracy.
The role of the media;
This module addresses macro (i.e. society) meso (i.e. community) and micro (i.e. individual and family) processes of integration. In order to set the scenery of such processes, the module begins by studying diversity of migrant population and integration policies in Europe; this allows locating the Swiss experience in the broader European picture. Moreover, it outlines the main theoretical approaches to integration in the scientific literature in order to provide a common background for the study of integration processes. More generally, the module shows the dynamic of ethnic boundaries at play in integration processes. Finally, the module tackles the issue of the interplay between processes of integration and migrants’ transnational practices.
Diversity in migration and integration policies;
Theoretical frames for integration processes;
Structural integration: a quantitative approach;
Intergenerational social mobility: resource mobilization, strutural barriers and ethnic boundaries;
Integration and transnationalism.
Week 2 | 21 - 26 January, 2019
The first Unit is devoted to the post Berne Initiative global framework and initiatives in the governance of migration as the context for the EU free movement of persons. The following unit focuses on recent developments in the international framework of refugee and IDP protection in Switzerland, the Middle East and Europe. Unit 3 looks at the recent shift in research from a policy oriented to a migrant informed perspective of decision making in migration.
The next section discusses border controls, visa policies and cross border services as well as smuggling and human trafficking, which are often purposefully confused in public debates. Unit 5 focuses on particularly vulnerable migrant groups and investigates the underlying factors and structures that create unequal power relations and dependency, how migration management regimes of control and enforcement are practiced and how they shape individual irregular migrants’ experiences in diverse ways. On the side of policy responses, the so-called durable solutions – local integration, return, resettlement – are addressed with particular interest being paid to the reactivation of resettlement regimes in Switzerland and EU countries (unit 6).
Finally, we focus on the sub-state level and show the implications migration has on the regional and local level (unit 7). In particular, we analyse the challenges faced by minority regions, where new diversity stemming from migration encounters historical linguistic, religious and cultural diversity.
Towards global governance of migration;
International governance of refugee and IDPs;
Determinants of (refugee) migration movements;
From migrant smuggling to trafficking in persons;
Vulnerability and migrations;
International refugee resettlemen and relocation in within the EU;
Migration to and within minority territories.
The role of culture and context in shaping health meanings, values and practices, and the linkages of these practices to health and wellbeing in migration and refugee contexts.
Theoretical debates on forced migration and humanitarian responses;
Understanding historical and current refugee experiences in the Arab region;
Practices and experiences of migrants and refugees in healthcare settings;
Impact of legal, social, and economic factors on the health and well-being of refugees and internally displaced populations.
Week 3 | 25- 30 March, 2019
The course aims to present and discuss the sociological and political philosophy issues related to multiculturalism. It starts from an apparently distant phenomenon, but which weighs heavily on these stakes, the rise of individualism and personal subjectivity in contemporary societies. It situates the issue in what is the major global change, globalization, and will invite the participants to "think global." And in the face of these phenomena, multiculturalism has been an institutional and philosophical response since the end of the 1960s. The content, the history, as well as the limits of this response will be discussed in light of the question whether intercultural dialogue could be another answer. The module will also address specific guidelines and measures for integration.
Address diversity management as a form of public policy, showing that it can be addressed with the tools of policy selection, design, and evaluation;
Investigate the concept of 'language regime' and discuss the benefits and costs of multilingualism, addressing the ways issues related to translation, interpreting, the use of a 'lingua franca,' and other strategies s 'intercompréhension';
Develop the concept of tolerability, focusing on establishing the latter's empirical validity through a quantitative approach.
Philosophical and political challenges of monoculturalism and multiculturalism;
Multiculturalism: theory and practice;
Managing differences and "intercultural conflicts";
Diversity and multilingual public policy.
Psychology offers a nuanced understanding of the link between the individual, emotion, cognition, and culture. How are the "cultural" dimensions of human behavior taken into account in psychology? What is the place of culture in this discipline? What can be the contributions of psychology to the understanding of intercultural communication? The theoretical contributions will be brought through numerous examples and activities so that the participants can establish links with their practices and concerns and develop a "psychosocial and cultural" approach to intercultural communication.
Psychology, individual and culture;
Prejudice and stereotyping.
Nathalie Müller Mirza
Prof. Dr. Jolanta Drzewiecka
Prof. Dr. Gianni D’Amato
Certificate of Advanced Studies - CAS (15 ECTS)
Early Bird Fee until June 10 - CHF 6'100
After June 10 - CHF 6'500
Deadline for application - September 10
USI Università della Svizzera italiana is one of 12 universities under the Swiss university system, coordinated by the Rectors’ Conference of the Swiss Universities (swissuniversitites). swissuniversities represents all 12 Swiss universities and maintains relationships with other accredited universities outside Switzerland. As a recognized university that is part of the public system, the degree-granting body of the MIC is USI Università della Svizzera italiana.
To ensure international recognition, in 2002 USI became the first Swiss university to adopt the Bologna Reform and the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). The Bologna Declaration mandates that all taught courses and coursework are to be quantified in ECTS points. The ECTS guarantees that credits are wholly compatible and transferable within and across the broader European university system.
The certificate awarded is a Certificate of Advanced Studies on Migration and Diversity (15 ECTS) from Università della Svizzera italiana, Faculty of Communication Sciences.