MA-ICM at a glance

Introduction 

 

Since its inception 17 years ago, the Intercultural Conflict master programme at the Alice Salomon Hochschule Berlin has carried through profound changes in its initial structure. These changes represented the result of two interrelated causes. On the first place, they were associated with the observations and proposals made by its students in several programme evaluations over years. On the second place, they reciprocated the manifold changes experienced by the world in social, political, cultural and economic terms during the last two decades.

Thus, the programme came over from a semi face-to-face structure to a completely face-to-face structure in 2010, its original quantitative and qualitative methodological approach was thoroughly restructured in parallel, so that a more participatory and action-related approach could be accomplished, and a concurrent Spanish-spoken programme was established in 2014.

Proudly based on this tradition of continuous change and improvement, the Intercultural Conflict master programme brings forward three major changes on this occasion.

First, the length of the programme has been drawn out from three to four semesters. This change is associated with the programme’s constant search for a close interrelation among theory, methodology and practice. To this end, the length of the programme has been drawn out from three to four semesters so that students can establish a profounder relation with the social world surrounding them without time constraints. By participating in the social, political, cultural and economic conflicts occurring in Berlin for a longer period of time, students can commingle their learning in the classroom with their actions concerning real-life conflicts much more effectively.

Second, the programme has undertaken an international cooperation agreement with the Sociological Research Institute and the Educational Sciences Institute of the Benito Juárez Autonomous University of Oaxaca, located in Mexico. This agreement brings about the creation of a "sister" master programme in Mexico, which will maximize the mobility opportunities for students between Berlin and Oaxaca for students. The development of this agreement commenced in 2014 and presupposed enormous efforts from both parties, with the common aim to maximize the radius of both study and action across broadly different social environments for students.

Third, the content modules have been thoroughly restructured into three transversal modules stretching out over three semesters, which commingle “classroom learning” with social action training in the context of real-world conflicts from the beginning of the first semester until the end of the third semester. This modification represents the result of manifold discussions and multiple contributions from both, the academic stuff and the students of the Intercultural Conflict master programme, with the only aim to bring about an approach to social conflict in which theory, methodology and action coalesce into one another.

 

Structure

 

The Intercultural Conflict Management master programme revolves around the premise that social conflicts materialize in the space of manifold interrelated social worlds. Accordingly, social conflicts never correspond with the space of one particular social world, but they represent an overarching continuum which stretches out over the space of several intermingled social worlds. For this reason, the programme is structured into four interrelated modules which break down social conflicts from distinct but intertwined perspectives, in order to bring forward social actions aimed at the participatory resolution of conflicts: A “Social World and Power Relations”, B “Research, Action, and Networking”, C “Specialization Seminars and Workshops”, and D “Thesis and Colloquia”. These four modules are not to be conceptualized as accumulative elements, but they are inherently correlated and come about in parallel from the beginning up to the end of the programme.

Modules A, B and C commence in the first semester and carry through up to the third semester.

Module A “Social World and Power Relations” carries out a multidimensional examination of social relations based on the spatial axis, coalescing the phenomenological, the power and the global perspectives. Accordingly, this module is structured into four interrelated units: A1 “The Lifeworld Perspective”, A2 “Power Relations, Hegemony and Inequality”, A3 “Global Justice and Human Rights”, and A4 “Global Relations and World System”.

Module B “Research, Action, and Networking” brings forward a methodological “triangle”, which coalesces social research, network analysis and project-based social actions. Therefore, this module is structured into three interrelated units: B1 “Qualitative and Participatory Social Research Methods”, B2 “Networking”, and B3 “Planned Social Action”. Additionally, unit B4 “In-Field and Mobility Guidance” supervises the student’s fieldwork and research stays.

Module C “Specialization Seminars and Workshops” is structured into seminars and workshops. Seminars break down specific real-world conflicts, providing both analytical and intervention skills for conflict resolution. Workshops revolve around practical training in specific tools for conflict management such as mediation, communication, statistics, etc.

Module D “Thesis and Colloquia” comes about in the fourth semester and revolves around the elaboration of the masters’ thesis.

As explained above, the programme is associated with a sister master programme, accordingly entitled “Acción Social en Contextos Globales’”, which is carried out by the Universidad Autónoma Benito Juárez de Oaxaca, located in Mexico. Both master programmes are identically structured in order to stave off incompatibilities and maximize synergies between them. In this context, the Intercultural Conflict Management master programme advances the transnational mobility of in-coming and out-going students and lecturers between Berlin and Oaxaca. Thus, students can capitalize on the mobility opportunities in two occasions. First, they can carry out an initial approach to their research fields during the second or third semesters. Second, they can undertake the fieldwork for their master theses during the fourth semester.

Application deadline 15th of May 2018


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