The Certificate of Advanced Studies on Migration and Diversity analyzes changes in social structures and cultural processes owing to migration.
Migration results in diversification that boots enrichment and creates social challenges. The CAS teaches the skills to engage with others and create solutions that turn problems into opportunities. It 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). This CAS analyzes resulting changes in social structures and cultural processes within nation-states and globally.
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, health 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 three 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 health, 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 refugee processes; an ideal place to learn on the ground from a unique geographic, political and cultural perspective.
Block 1 | 4-9 November 2019
Lugano, Bern and Geneva, Switzerland
The focus will be on the interaction between interculturality and the legal system, more specifically human rights; at the end of the course, the participant should be able to understand: how HR are conceived and implemented at both national and international levels, how HR promote diversity, where are the limits to diversity.
Human Rights and the implementation of HR and control mechanisms;
Two specific Human Rights with a strong intercultural component: Freedom of language and freedom of religion;
The world under stress - Globalization: threats and opportunities;
International relations and the growing significance of global issues;
International actors and the challenge of global governance ;
Promoting new norms in the field of human security and human rights: the role of states, international organizations and NGOs;
The promotion of human rights and human security values: opportunities, obstacles and dilemmas.
Block 2 | 10-15 February 2020
Psychology offers a nuanced understanding of how prejudices and stereotypes are created and persist through our cognition, emotion, motivation and culture. It thus also offers us insights into how to dismantle stereotypes and counteract prejudices. Furthermore, both prejudice and stereotyping have a profound psychological effect on those who are targeted as well as those who perpetuate them. The module will explicate foundational theories as well as the state of the art research.
Prejudice and stereotyping;
Psychological effects on refugees and other targets;
This module provides an overview of Lebanon, a land of intercultural migration. Since the beginning of the Syrian conflict, eight years ago, Lebanon has absorbed over a million refugees. Historically, since the 19th Century, Lebanon has welcomed refugees from neighboring countries in conflict, including Palestinians, Iraqi nationals, and Armenians. In addition to the refugees, there is a large population of foreign migrant workers, the majority coming from Eritrea, Somalia, and Eastern Africa. This module delves into the particularities of the Lebanese political system, which is based on a sectarian system and a delicate political infrastructure, and its diverse society. The module’s thematic focus is health, broadly conceived, and its philosophical orientation is embedded in demands for human rights and justice for all refugees and migrants. This module will reflect on one of the pillars of public health, that is “health for all”, which is linked to the Sustainable Development Goal (#3) on “Good Health and Well-Being for People”. The main question to reflect upon would be: to what extent is the system capable of providing services and support to achieve this goal for the local and regional migrant population? The module will introduce the students to the Lebanese healthcare and legal system from the perspective of refugees and migrants. This module will also include elements of community-based participatory research, reproductive health in contexts of conflict, the demography of conflict and migration, and communication for refugee health promotion.
Forced migration and humanitarian relief system;
Demography of conflict and migration;
Reproductive health in contexts of conflict ;
Health communication and promotion in multicultural settings
Dr. Sawsan Abdulrahim
Dr. Maia Sieverding
Dr. Tamar Kabakian-
Dr. Marco Bardus
Block 3 | 4-9 May 2020
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 the 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.
Prof. Dr. Jolanta Drzewiecka
Prof. Dr. Gianni D’Amato
Certificate of Advanced Studies - CAS (15 ECTS)
Early Bird Fee until July 31 - CHF 6'500
After July 31 - CHF 6'900
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.