Core Approaches of the MA-ICM


Programme degree and name:

Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Intercultural Conflict Management-social action in global contexts. In addition, independent students may be granted a certificate on successful completion of particular classes.


Qualification Level – Preparing for the challenges of tomorrow

The Master of Arts in Intercultural Conflict Management (MA-ICM) was created as a programme of studies strongly oriented toward practical applications. It is a non-consecutive, Master's level programme, designed according to recognised higher-education criteria. The programme complies with the requirements of the Bologna Declaration and subsequent communiqués.
According to the Berlin Communiqué3 and paragraph 35 of the Berlin Law on Higher Education (BerlHG), MA-ICM graduates may apply for PhD programmes. The MA-ICM training is well suited to the requirements of the labour market.


Areas of study – Management of Intercultural Conflicts - social action and global conflicts

The Intercultural Conflict master programme represents a transdisciplinary and practice-oriented master course of study, which commingles a multidimensional theoretical and methodological approach to social conflict with a strong focus on participatory practical social action. Thus, the programme capacitates students for managing real-world social conflicts in transnational and intercultural contexts, so that students can carry out their work in a wide labour field, including NGOs, governments and international organizations.

The programme was established in 2002 with a strong accent on transnationality, interculturality and transdisciplinarity. Since then, more than 200 hundred students from over 50 countries have successfully carried it through. The transnational, intercultural and transdisciplinary character of the programme is delineated by the diversity of its students, lecturers and managers in terms of nationalities, languages, cultural backgrounds, scientific traditions and labour experiences. All these differences are coalesced in Berlin, which materializes as a space of social analysis, collaborative learning and discursive construction.

In addition, the programme maximizes its theoretical and practical potential through its recently created sister master programme at the Universidad Autónoma Benito Juarez de Oaxaca, located in Mexico. Thus, a transnational space of knowledge breaks out, which advances the transnational mobility of in-coming and out-going students and lecturers between Berlin and Oaxaca. Based on this, students and lecturers can come across diverging social realities and worldviews in Europe and Latin America, broadening their skills out as professional agents of change.



Mode of study – Learning with international classmates

The MA-ICM is based on 17 years of education and teaching experience. Since 2002, 165 students from 34 different countries have successfully completed this curriculum. The cultural, professional, political, social, and linguistic diversity of the participants is one of the essential characteristics of the programme. The programme's methodological and didactic design utilises this diversity to create a unique learning process. Consequently, the MA-ICM utilises and integrates the issues of diversity and difference, from the perspective of a living laboratory for students and teachers.


Application of the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)

According to the European Credit Transfer System's regulations, 120 ECTS credits (approximately 3,600 working hours) must be obtained during the MA-ICM. One ECTS credit represents an estimated 30 hours of work, including time spent in classes, seminars, independent study, and preparation for the oral and written assignments necessary to achieve the expected learning objectives.
Each semester of the MA-ICM comprises a quantity of work equivalent to 30 ECTS credits; that is, a total of 900 hours of work is expected for each semester. As each semester corresponds on average to a study period of 22.5 weeks (this includes weeks of regular class attendance as well as periods of independent study) and a frequency of 40 hours of work per week, a full-time commitment from the students is required. In the fourth semester, the 30 required ECTS credits (about 900 hours of work) will be devoted to the Master's thesis.

Application deadline 15th of May 2018

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