Master of Advanced Studies in
INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION

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CAS 2019-2020 Migration and Diversity

        

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.
 

LEARNING GOALS

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.

 

PROGRAM

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.

Intercultural Communication

Intercultural Communication Education

OUR APPROACH

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.

 

 

Intercultural Communication Education

MODULES 

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.

 

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Block 1 | 4-9 November 2019
Lugano, Bern and Geneva, Switzerland

Diversity Policies and Human Rights

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.

Topics
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeHuman Rights and the implementation of HR and control mechanisms;
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeTwo specific Human Rights with a strong intercultural component: Freedom of language and freedom of religion;
 

Bertil Cottier
Università della Svizzera italiana,
Switzerland

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Global Governance and International Migration

The evolution of international relations since the end of the Cold War is characterized in particular by 
• an acceleration of globalization – a phenomenon with far-reaching economic, political, social and cultural consequences in all regions of the world;
• the challenge of managing global issues more effectively, and 
• the important role played, besides states, by international governmental organizations and international non-state actors (non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and transnational corporations.
As witnessed in many international fora on questions of international governance, new and diverse international divides have emerged following the end of the Cold War. They may be explained by a variety of historical, political, social, cultural and economic factors. The relative weight and relevance of cultural factors have given rise to debates such as the controversy between proponents of the “clash of civilizations” thesis (Samuel Huntington) and its critics (Amartya Sen).
Following an overview of the main stress factors affecting the world community and of the main characteristics of international relations at the beginning of the 21st century, the module will analyze the role of international organizations and NGOs in this evolution. These roles will be illustrated by recent endeavors to define and promote new norms to protect the life and dignity of individuals and, inter aliae, the concept of human security. Particular attention will be paid to the relevance and relative importance of cultural and political factors in the different approaches to those issues. This analysis will also shed light on the evolution of the key concept of state sovereignty and on the opportunities, obstacles, and dilemmas linked to the implementation of human rights norms.
The module will take place in Geneva at Université de Genève and will combine face-to-face instruction with field visits such as Palais des Nations (UN), The Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the UN Office and other international organizations, Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).


Topics
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeThe world under stress - Globalization: threats and opportunities;
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeInternational relations and the growing significance of global issues;
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeInternational actors and the challenge of global governance  ;
Intercultural Communication Education DegreePromoting new norms in the field of human security and human rights:  the role of states,  international organizations and NGOs;
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeThe promotion of human rights and human security values: opportunities, obstacles and dilemmas.

Sandra Lavenex
Université de Genève,
Switzerland

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Intercultural Communication Education

Jacques Forster
Graduate Insitute of international 
and Development Studies,
Switzerland

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Block 2 | 10-15 February 2020
Beirut, Lebanon

Psychology of Prejudice

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.

Topics
Intercultural Communication Education DegreePrejudice and stereotyping;
Intercultural Communication Education DegreePsychological effects on refugees and other targets;

Rim Saab
American University of 
Beirut, Lebanon

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Migration and Wellbeing

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.

Topics
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeForced migration and humanitarian relief system;
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeDemography of conflict and migration;
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeReproductive health in contexts of conflict ;
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeHealth communication and promotion in multicultural settings

Dr. Sawsan Abdulrahim
American University of 
Beirut, Lebanon

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Dr. Maia Sieverding
American University of 
Beirut, Lebanon

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Dr. Tamar Kabakian-
Khasholian

American University of   
Beirut, Lebanon

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Dr. Marco Bardus
American University of   
Beirut, Lebanon

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Block 3 | 4-9 May 2020
Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Migration as a Challenge to Democracy

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.

Topics
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeSocial relations;
Intercultural Communication Education DegreePolitical representation;
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeSocial exclusion;
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeThe role of the media;
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeRight-wing populism.

Intercultural Communication Theory and Practice

Gianni D’Amato
Université de Neuchâtel,
Switzerland

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Intercultural Communication Education

Ruedin Didier
Université de Neuchâtel,
Switzerland

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Policies and Processes of Integration in Society

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.

Topics
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeDiversity in migration and integration policies;
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeTheoretical frames for integration processes;
Intercultural Communication Education Degree Structural integration: a quantitative approach;
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeIntergenerational social mobility: resource mobilization, strutural barriers and ethnic boundaries;
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeIntegration and transnationalism.

Intercultural Communication Education

Rosita Fibbi
Université de Neuchâtel,
Switzerland

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SCIENTIFIC DIRECTION

Prof. Dr. Jolanta Drzewiecka
Università della Svizzera italiana
Academic Director | MAS in Intercultural Communication (MIC)
Academic Director | European Master of Intercultural Communication (EMICC)

Intercultural Communication Education

 

Prof. Dr. Gianni D’Amato
University of Neuchâtel
Director | Swiss Forum of Migration and Population Studies (SFM)

Intercultural Communication Education

 

 

TUITION FEE

Certificate of Advanced Studies - CAS (15 ECTS)

Early Bird Fee until July 31 - CHF 6'500

After July 31 - CHF 6'900

 

 

ACCREDITATION

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.

 

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