European Master in Migration and Intercultural Relations
Study at the University of Stavanger
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|Programme website||http://www.emmir.org/ (Opens in new window)|
|Contact (person and/or unit)||
EMMIR Consortium Committee
c/o University of Oldenburg
Dr. Lydia Potts
|Programme duration||2 years|
EMMIR is the European Master in Migration and Intercultural Relations. It is the first African-European Erasmus Mundus Master Course in Migration Studies.
EMMIR provides state of the art education in theoretical concepts, empirical methods and transdisciplinary approaches to migration studies. Teaching and research in EMMIR will address issues that currently rank highly on the global agenda - and need expertise on transnational, transcultural and transdisciplinary level. Migration, mobility, flight, displacement and refuge is in global and (super)national arena's primarily discussed on a policy level. These issues touch decisive dimensions in economic and social development, demography, international relations, political theory and cultural cooperation. Sustainable answers bridging the interests of nation states (incl. their welfare systems and labour markets) with human rights, democratic values and globality have yet to be found. Research on intercultural relations and intercultural communication is closely linked to these questions and frequently key to the understanding of problems and conflict.
The curriculum takes into account all forms of migration and displacement. Related issues to be addressed are intercultural conflict resolution mechanisms, multi cultural governance issues and global/regional integration.
The two key terms of reference for this study programme are migration and intercultural relations. Migration is understood here as encompassing all forms of international migration, voluntary as well as forced. Internal displacement, prominent especially in African contexts, will also be addressed. Intercultural relations include communication and other forms of interaction between the majority and minority/diasporic communities within nation states as well as interethnic relations in the (inter-)national arena and beyond nation states - including multinational settings and concepts such as multiculturalism or cosmopolitanism.
There are four programme foci:
These foci serve as the foundation students use to develop their individual specialisation and profile, e.g. by combining them with a geographic focus involving one or more of the countries in the partnership, potentially also linked to individual language skills.
By combining the expertise of European and African universities, EMMIR strongly encourages students to critically evaluate the existing body of knowledge and to conduct their own research projects. Students will have the benefits and challenge of an international learner group where participants' different backgrounds will in themselves offer valuable intercultural perspectives for the study of migration.
EMMIR's aim is to educate young academics who will contribute to improved information about the dynamics of migration. Stundets are encouraged to consciously combine their specific national, regional and institutional perspectives with transnational points of view, primarly in Europe and Africa.
In order to prepare for a labour market demanding flexibility, self-motivation and problem-solving skills, the didactics of EMMIR are built around the idea that young professionals need state of the art, in-depth-knowledge in their field plus the tools to present and negotiate, to apply and to conceptualise, to cooperate, administrate and to manage. In cooperation with numerous actors and institutions in the field (associates and others) students will be exposed to specific labour market segments. In doing this they gather experience that can be actively linked to the study programme and their specialication.
The cross-cutting aim is to promote problem solving skills and the ability of knowledge transfer. Graduates will be qualified to pursue doctoral studies or employment in national and international governmental and non-governmental institutions dealing with migration, intercultural competence and education, in particular intersecting with development issues and/or gender issues.
The language of instruction is English, but students will be encouraged to enhance bi- or multilingual language skills. EMMIR builds on and supports multilingualism by offering language courses and by its mobility path. Students are encouraged and supported to expose themselves to different cultural and economic settings in Europe and Africa.
Mobility and Specialisation
EMMIR combines the mobility of the full cohorte with individual research mobility and specialisation. The mobility path serves two purposes. Firstly, it exposes students to different migration policies, various approaches to intercultural relations, several academic institutions. Students experience economic, social and cultural settings that are shaping migration processes as well as migrants’ experiences.
Secondly, it allows students to develop individual research foci - drawing on the expertise of all involved partners and their specialisation in a decentralised way.
EMMIR mobility path encourages students to:
- focus on ‘major’ nations in global migration e.g. Germany or Sudan (as the largest African nation with major forced migration and internal displacement).
- focus on intercultural relations/migration issues in small nations and young nation states (Europe, Africa).
- specialize in comparative research on two or more of the involved countries, and/or drawing on the expertise and access to selected partner networks.
- specialize in overarching questions, e.g. research on global migration - drawing on EMMIR as a network of networks.
(What is this?)
The programme builds upon a undergraduate degree such as a Bachelor’s degree (or an equivalent qualification) in a field related to migration studies: e.g. Social sciences, History, Cultural studies, Educational sciences, Law, Economics, Development Studies and Journalism.
The final grade of the first degree must be a minimum (or equivalent) of C+ and proven by certificates. You are expected to provide documentation of a final first degree by the deadline.
Applicants have to document knowledge of migration studies, intercultural relations and empirical methods. Modules completed at the undergraduate level, papers, essays and examination results are considered valid documentation. Preference will also be given to qualified applicants who, in addition, have relevant professional experience.
See http://www.emmir.o.. for more details.
|Subject area||Social Sciences|
|City||Oldenburg, Stavanger, Nova Gorica, Ceske Budejovice, Omdurman or Khartum, Mbara, Kampala|
|Language of teaching||English|