Master of Advanced Studies in
INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION

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MAS9 - 2019-2021

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Master of Advanced Studies in Intercultural Communication 

The most comprehensive program in intercultural communication for professionals working with diversity.
Distributed across 18 modules in 3 countries, the MAS comprises 8 weeks of study and 1 online module, plus a Thesis/Field Project.

Intercultural Communication Education

PROGRAM STRUCTURE

Online module

The introduction to the program and intercultural communication theoretical framework will be presented online. It will involve virtual interaction with other participants and professors. The module also includes a course on visualization tools. Participants will learn about cross-cultural variations in the interpretation of visual communication and practical applications of visualizations communicating across cultures and for facilitating intercultural communication.

Face-to-face instruction

The main part of each module will be taught face-to-face over three days of intensive instruction for a total of 24 hours course work.

Preparation

The individual preparation for each module, to be done before classroom instruction, consists mainly of reading background materials and analyzing examples and case studies (articles, websites, etc.). All preparatory materials are available in advance on the e-learning platform reserved for participants.

Certification paper

The evaluation of students' performance for each module is based on an academic assignment. This work has to be prepared by the student at home and has to be sent by email by the deadline set by the Academic Director. Participants usually have about 2 months to complete their certification paper.

Intercultural Communication

 

PROGRAM CONTENT

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Block 0 | Online

Interdisciplinary Theories and Concepts for Intercultural Communication

This module will be offered online.
An interdisciplinary theoretical framework for understanding how culture and cultural differences shape interpersonal, intergroup, and mediated communication. You will be introduced to concepts of culture, communication, and identity. The module will outline principles for inclusive communication with Others based on recognition of differences, privileges, and disadvantages.

Objectives

Intercultural Communication Education DegreeTo understand issues pertaining to cultural differences;
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeTo perceive the enrichment that diversity offers;
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeTo develop skills for engaging with cultural Others;
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeTo comprehend how culture shapes communication;
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeTo acquire analytical skills to diagnose problems, and design creative plans for inclusion and enrichment.
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeTo learn visualization tools for effective presentations in global contexts



Topics
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeTheoretical framework;
Intercultural Communication Education DegreePrinciples for inclusive communication with Others based on recognition of differences, privileges, and disadvantages;
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeWhy groups and individuals disagree about their meaning or how to resolve them;
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeIntegration of migrants;
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeRelationships in multicultural environments.
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeVisualization and culture

Intercultural Communication Theory and Practice

Jolanta Drzewiecka
Università della Svizzera italiana,
Switzerland

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Sabrina Bresciani
University of St. Gallen,
Switzerland

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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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Block 4 | 14-19 September 2020
Lugano, Switzerland

Difference, Diversity and Dialogue

It is a platitude to say that ever-accelerating flows of ideas, commodities and people across the globe are changing the nature of societies forever. The migration of people, real human bodies seems to present the greatest challenges to whatever sense of equilibrium may have prevailed in earlier times.  Flows of people add to the complexity of societies and place demands on both the migrants and the hosts at individual and societal levels to think and behave differently in regard to “others.” Evidently, the old ways of engaging human diversity simply will not suffice in a closely-knit, interdependent world in which societal heterogeneity has become the norm and some form of integration has become imperative.

This course will give delegates insight into how we came to think about differences the way we do in the modern era – which differences came to matter, and why -- evaluate some of theories and approaches that have been proposed to engage with diversity, and offer a critical perspective on how we may think in new ways and better equip ourselves for an interrelated future.

A concrete example of dialogue will be presented by prof. Steinar Bryn with the Nansen Dialog Method as applied in post-conflict areas. The method is a way of rebuilding trust and relationships that have been destroyed by wars, in such a way that people can communicate about what happened and potentially identify areas of future cooperation. Dialogue will be dealt with as a way of communication, as a dialog culture and as an attitude toward life.

Topics
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeDeep ideologies: the construction of difference in the modern social imaginary.
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeDiversity dimensions, intersections, and unravelling binaries: National status, Race, gender, sexuality, disablilty, coloniality.
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeSome theories/approaches to integration: Multiculturalism, “Berry boxes,” Cultural translation; Critical Diversity Literacy.
Intercultural Communication Education Degree Diversity in organisations: The challenges get personal. 
Intercultural Communication Education Degree Dialogue: some principles and limitations.
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeCommunity Peace Building

Intercultural Communication Education

Melissa Steyn
University of Witwatersrand,
South Africa

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Steinar Bryn
Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue
in Lillehammer, Norway

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Diversity in the Media

The approach of this module is to discuss and contrast different angles to the media’s role in cross-cultural encounters in society: insider perspectives and outsider perspectives; aspects of media production and journalism, and the changes that this field is currently facing; the change in media landscapes, and the changing functional aspects of media use in different cultural settings including the recent representations of migration into Europe.

During the course we work to detect, identify and analyse mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion of culturally distinct groups. We also look at research on how the media address such situations. To broaden the spectrum, the analysis covers a multitude of different types of encounters: how different media represent and affect ethnicity; religion; immigrant- and diasporic communities; linguistic diversity and minority languages, and the possibilities and problems that come with new media technologies.

The particular tasks of journalism with respect to conceptualizing the world, and in creation of self-identification and social competence are discussed against practical examples from different cultural settings. Attention is given to how media works in representing the cultural “self” and “others”, based on the literature distributed before the course. The role of the media is discussed against examples of good and bad practice. 

Topics
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeThe predicament of cultures in a mediatized society;
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeThe role of journalism and media in the evolution of migration and intercultural relations;
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeMedia and (national, ethnic, linguistic, religious …) minorities;
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeNew forms of media and journalism and their relations to social networks, cultures and sub-cultures;
Intercultural Communication Education Degree Useful practices in intercultural communication.

Intercultural Communication Theory and Practice

Tom Moring
University of Helsinki,
Finland

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Andrea Nicastro
Journalist for Corriere della Sera

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Block 5 | 23-28 November 2020
Lugano, Switzerland

Applied Research for Organisations

This module will present detailed information about intercultural communication applied research methods for organisations. The focus of this module lies in understanding and identifying research methods appropriate to theory and research questions or hypotheses; managing projects.

Objectives

Part 1: Quantitative Research Methods - Prof. Suzanne Suggs

Intercultural Communication Education DegreeUnderstand the basic principles of quantitative research methods from a social science perspective;
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeKnow the differences between methods for analysis and methods for data collection and the relationship between them;
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeKnow how to formulate research questions, develop research and statistical hypotheses;
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeKnow how to design a quantitative study;
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeKnow how to find and design measurement items;
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeHave confidence in one’s ability to decide which method is most appropriate for answering research questions.


Part 2: Qualitative Research Methods - Prof. Jolanta Drzewiecka
Intercultural Communication Education Degree Understand assumptions and evaluation criteria of qualitative research;
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeUnderstand the major qualitative methods: ethnographic observation, interviews, focus groups and textual analysis;
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeFormulate research questions;
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeDesign a qualitative study;
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeUnderstand data collection process: sampling, organization, recording, and more;
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeGrasp basic data analysis procedure and presentation of results.

Intercultural Communication Theory and Practice

Suzanne L. Suggs
Universià della Svizzera italiana,
Switzerland

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Intercultural Communication Theory and Practice

Jolanta Drzewiecka
Università della Svizzera italiana,
Switzerland

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Innovation, Leadership and Diversity

To be updated

Liisa Valikangas
Hanken School of Economics

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Intercultural Communication Theory and Practice

Pia Stalder
University of Fribourg,
Switzerland

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Block 6 | February 1-6, 2021
Lugano, Switzerland

Diversity and Inclusion in Organisations

To be updated

Management, Human Resources and Culture

To be updated

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Block 7 | April 12-17, 2021
Lugano, Switzerland


Culturally-centered Approaches to Sustainable Development

In this course, we will begin with an overview of the literature on social change communication. We will examine how social change communication is defined, the frameworks of social change communication, and the methodological anchors for communication for social change. This overview will offer the basis for introducing the culture-centered approach to communication for social change, walking through the key concepts of the CCA, the role of social change communication from the global margins, and the transformative power of communication for social change when grounded in the voices of the margins. The course will critically interrogate the dominant ideas of development and situate these ideas in the backdrop of community voices at the global margins.

The focus of the course is to analyze the complex relationship between the concerned actors and stakeholders. Development cooperation and humanitarian action, most often, bring together actors and stakeholders from different cultural backgrounds. Their relationships are complex, not only on account of this cultural diversity but also because of the ‘awkward nature’ of the relations between recipient and donors of official development assistance (ODA) compounded by differences of power and wealth, of historical experiences as well as by different goals and time horizons.

Topics

Part 1
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeA theoretical framework for social change communication;
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeDominant structures, development communication, and social change;
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeCultural anchors for social change communication;
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeVoice, subalternity, and erasure;
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeListening, dialogue, infrastructures of communication;
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeProjects of social change communication;
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeActivism and social movements.

Part 2
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeThe international environment of humanitarian action and international development cooperation;
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeThe architecture of international development cooperation and of humanitarian action: key concepts, approaches, actors, and instruments;
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeRecipient and donors.

Intercultural Communication Theory and Practice

Mohan Dutta
University of Singapore,
Republic of Singapore

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Intercultural Communication Theory and Practice

Jacques Forster
Graduate Institute of International
and Development Studies,
Switzerland

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Social Movements and Diversity

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.

Objectives
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeAddress diversity management as a form of public policy, showing that it can be addressed with the tools of policy selection, design, and evaluation;
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeInvestigate 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';
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeDevelop the concept of tolerability, focusing on establishing the latter's empirical validity through a quantitative approach.

Topics
Intercultural Communication Education DegreePhilosophical and political challenges of monoculturalism and multiculturalism;
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeMulticulturalism: theory and practice;
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeManaging differences and "intercultural conflicts";
Intercultural Communication Education DegreeDiversity and multilingual public policy.

Intercultural Communication Theory and Practice 

Michel Wieviorka
École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales,
Paris, France

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François Grin
University of Geneva and Università della
Svizzera italiana, Switzerland

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Block 8 | June 21-26, 2021
Lugano, Switzerland

Geopolitics of Globalisation and Sustainability

To be updated

Inequalities and Sustainability

To be updated

 

Thesis/Field Project

The Thesis/Field Project is an opportunity to demonstrate mastery of new knowledge and is thus a crucial and culminating part of the educational process. A Thesis Project aims to apply and extend theoretical knowledge. A Field Project uses theoretical knowledge to improve or enrich practice. Each participant will choose a topic that relates to his or her profession and present it for approval to the MIC Academic Director. Each participant will then develop a proposal/plan and carry out the project under the direction of the MIC Academic Director and a Project Adviser selected from among the MIC professors. Participants are expected to complete their projects no later than three months after the last module of the program.

Workload

The total workload of the master of advanced studies is approximately 1800 hours, including 500 hours of face-to-face instruction, 900 hours of individual work preparing for seminars, reviewing study materials and writing course papers, as well as 400 hours dedicated to the MAS Personal Project.

The online module is worth 5 ECTS. Modules 3 to 18 are worth 2.5 ECTS credits each and consist of 24 contact hours each. Thesis/Field Project Module is worth 15 ECTS.

Intercultural Communication Education

TUITION FEE

Master of Advanced Studies - MAS (20 modules/60 ECTS): CHF 19'500

One MAS module (2.5 ECTS): CHF 1'500

 

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 diploma awarded is a Master of Advanced Studies in Intercultural Communication (60 ECTS) from Università della Svizzera italiana, Faculty of Communication Sciences.
 

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