Master's Degree in Area studies in Geneva in Switzerland

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Area studies

Master-level studies involve specialized study in a field of research or an area of professional practice. Earning a master’s degree demonstrates a higher level of mastery of the subject. Earning a master’s degree can take anywhere from a year to three or four years. Before you can graduate, you usually must write and defend a thesis, a long paper that is the culmination of your specialized research.

Area studies have become more and more common in the academic world since the 1940s. These research fields are intended to assist students with increasing their knowledge and understanding of a variety of diverse populations and regions or countries.

 

Switzerland (German: Schweiz, French: Suisse, Italian: Svizzera, Romansch: Svizra. Switzerland has some of the world renown universites like ETH in Zurich, EPFL in Lausanne, IHEID in Geneva, University of Lausanne or the University of St. Gallen. Keep in mind, it's much better to speak the local language, so if you can't speak either French, German or Italian, better go for a language course first.

Geneva is known for diplomacy. That’s probably why their university is specialized in humanist sciences, with the addition of medicine. Private university, institutes and private schools are also specialized in laws, political science, international affairs, history etc.

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Master in African Studies

University of Geneva
Campus Full time 4 semesters February 2017 Switzerland Geneva

Africa is experiencing radical changes. Whether it is in the economic, social, environmental demographic or political sphere, African societies are evolving fast. This Master’s programme provides the critical distance needed to understand these transformations in all their complexity. The curriculum stands out for its interdisciplinarity, combining approaches from the social, natural and human sciences. It also provides a long-term perspective and gives students the opportunity to study Africa not in isolation, but in terms of the continent’s interactions with the rest of the world.<a href="/www.unige.ch/immat" ></a> [+]

Masters in Area studies in Geneva in Switzerland. Master in African Studies Africa is experiencing radical changes. Whether it is in the economic, social, environmental demographic or political sphere, African societies are evolving fast. This Master’s programme provides the critical distance needed to understand these transformations in all their complexity. The curriculum stands out for its interdisciplinarity, combining approaches from the social, natural and human sciences. It also provides a long-term perspective and gives students the opportunity to study Africa not in isolation, but in terms of the continent’s interactions with the rest of the world. The Master begins with the interdisciplinary core curriculum. After the first semester, students can choose between two areas of specialisation: “Environment and societies”, which focuses on environmental challenges and the way they influence life in society; and “States, societies and development”, which examines the formation of states since the colonial era and their role in development-related issues at various levels. Geneva, which houses many international organisations, is a unique place to study these dynamics. This Master’s programme also places particular emphasis on experience in the field, and students can take advantage of exchanges with UNIGE’s partner universities in Africa. To complete their course, students choose between a “research” option, which includes a fieldwork and a thesis, and a “professionalising” option involving a work placement/internship over several months and a detailed internship report report. Curriculum Required courses from the core curriculum (36Credits) : Prehistory and precolonial history of Africa Colonial history of Africa Environment Development economics States, territories and development in Africa Critical approach to world divisions Specialised courses (36Credits) : Choice between: Specialisation 1: Environment and societies Specialisation 2: States, societies and development Electives (36Credits) Work placement/Internship or thesis (36Credits) Mobility Given the length of the programme, Master’s students are allowed to go on exchange for one semester maximum. Students may go on exchange as early as their 3rd semester and may earn no more than 30 credits at another university. The thesis cannot be substituted. A stay in the field is strongly recommended. www.unige.ch/exchange Opportunities Africa is a new hub of economic and demographic growth. As its role in the international stage becomes more and more pronounced, so do the social inequalities generated by this growth. Graduates of the programme have the skills needed to understand and address the issues at stake in Africa, and they find work in a variety of sectors such as diplomacy, international organisations and NGOs, the media, industry, including multinationals operating in Africa, or in the promotion and protection of historical and cultural heritage. Admission Criteria Bachelor’s degree or equivalent degree. Merit-based admission. Applications Deadline: 28 February 2017 www.unige.ch/immat admissions.unige.ch [-]

Master in Middle Eastern Studies

University of Geneva
Campus or Online Full time 4 semesters February 2017 Switzerland Geneva

The Master’s programme in Middle Eastern studies allows students to an in-depth understanding of the issues the region is facing, from a historical, cultural and geopolitical perspective. Within this programme, students will study social mobilizations and democratisation processes in the Middle East, the stability in Maghreb and Mashreq countries and the rising of the areas as major player in the field of the arts and heritage. This Master also analyses the influence of new players on the regional stage, including Turkey and the Gulf states, and addresses the economics of oil revenues. [+]

Master in Middle Eastern Studies With its ethnic, religious, economic and political diversity, the Middle East is both a culturally rich and an extremely complex region. It is also a strategic region, vulnerable, and full of promises. Recently, the Arab Springs have put the Middle East in the media spotlight. The challenges of transition in the region come at a time of accelerating economic, political and cultural change, both on the national and the global levels. The Master’s programme in Middle Eastern studies allows students to an in-depth understanding of the issues the region is facing, from a historical, cultural and geopolitical perspective. Within this programme, students will study social mobilizations and democratisation processes in the Middle East, the stability in Maghreb and Mashreq countries and the rising of the areas as major player in the field of the arts and heritage. This Master also analyses the influence of new players on the regional stage, including Turkey and the Gulf states, and addresses the economics of oil revenues. This programme is designed for students who want to specialise in issues related to the Middle East through an open and interdisciplinary approach. Curriculum Required courses in the core curriculum (30Credits) : History of the Contemporary Middle East Geopolitics and Middle Eastern political regimes Orient, orientalism(s) and the West Political Economy Globalization and cultural issues in Middle East Specialised courses (30Credits) : Concentration in one or more areas of the core curriculum Electives (30Credits) Internship or dissertation (30Credits) Mobility Master’s students are allowed to go on exchange for one semester maximum. Students may go on exchange as early as their third semester but may earn no more than 30 credits at another university. The dissertation cannot be substituted. www.unige.ch/exchange Opportunities Students from diverse academic backgrounds will benefit from an in-depth understanding of the issues surrounding the Middle East, and such knowledge is essential for anyone going on to a career in diplomacy; NGOs and international organisations; the media; companies with economic ties in the region; cultural heritage and the arts. Admission Criteria Bachelor or equivalent degree. Admission based on application file. Applications Deadline: 28 February 2017 www.unige.ch/immat admissions.unige.ch [-]

Master in Russia-East Central Europe

University of Geneva
Campus Full time 4 semesters February 2017 Switzerland Geneva

The Master Russia-East Central Europe offers specialised education on Russia and the countries comprising East Central Europe. Historically, these are the countries formed after the dissolution of the USSR as well as those which had a shared destiny due to the establishment of communist regimes on their soil. After the collapse of the Soviet bloc and the fall of these regimes, these countries became sovereign states. However, most of them remain linked, whether geographically, culturally, linguistically, or as a result of their shared history of communism. [+]

Masters in Area studies in Geneva in Switzerland. Master in Russia-East Central Europe The Master Russia-East Central Europe offers specialised education on Russia and the countries comprising East Central Europe. Historically, these are the countries formed after the dissolution of the USSR as well as those which had a shared destiny due to the establishment of communist regimes on their soil. After the collapse of the Soviet bloc and the fall of these regimes, these countries became sovereign states. However, most of them remain linked, whether geographically, culturally, linguistically, or as a result of their shared history of communism. This Master’s programme is interdisciplinary: while history and cultural studies are the dominant foci, other disciplines such as economics and political science are also mobilised in various ways within the curriculum. The interactions and connections between Russia and East Central Europe and other regional contexts are also explored. To complete their degree, students may opt for a work placement or a dissertation. The work placement aims to prepare students for professional activity and requires that students write a final report about the experience gained, while the dissertation prepares students for academic research. Curriculum Required courses from the core curriculum (30Credits) : History of the USSR in international relations History of Central and Eastern Europe (1929-1989) History of Ukraine (19th to 21st centuries) The economics of Central and Eastern Europe Specialised courses (30Credits) : Concentration in one or more areas of the core curriculum Electives (30Credits) Internship, thesis, “Geneva Global” programme (30Credits) Mobility Due to the brevity of the programme, Master’s students are permitted to go on exchange for one semester maximum. Students may go on exchange as early as their third semester but may earn no more than 30 credits at another university. The dissertation cannot be substituted. www.unige.ch/exchange Opportunities With the integration of certain East-Central European states in the European Union and NATO and Russia’s complex relationships with NATO, the EU and its close neighbors, there is a clear and urgent need for specialists in various sectors, including international and regional organisations, national and European institutions, and journalism. Admission Criteria Bachelor or equivalent degree. Admission based on application file. Applications Deadline: 28 February 2017 www.unige.ch/enrolment admissions.unige.ch [-]

Master in European Studies

University of Geneva
Campus Full time 4 semesters February 2017 Switzerland Geneva

The Master in European Studies includes 3 possible orientations: "cultures and societies", “economics, politics and societies” and "institutions, law and societies". [+]

Master in European Studies The Master in European Studies includes 3 possible orientations: THE ORIENTATION “CULTURES AND SOCIETIES” is part of the legacy of the founder of the European Institute, Denis de Rougemont, for whom culture played an essential role in the construction of Europe. This orientation focuses on the diversity of Europe’s cultural sources, its rich history and its long process of construction. The orientation includes courses in history, the history of ideas, as well as courses which explore the different dimensions of European culture: literature, cinema, intercultural relations, cosmopolitanism, etc. THE ORIENTATION “ECONOMICS, POLITICS AND SOCIETIES” includes courses in political science, sociology and economics. In addition to its focus on the European Union (EU) institutions, internal policies, relations with citizens, the media and security issues, this orientation places particular emphasis on the international aspects of the EU. In relation to economics, the orientation offers unique courses on the economic relations between Europe and the rest of the world, particularly developing countries. THE ORIENTATION “INSTITUTIONS, LAW AND SOCIETIES” focuses on the major role played by law in the process of European integration. The bases, construction, principles and application of European law provide the framework for this orientation. In the context of European integration, European law seems to predate European society. Within this orientation, the issue of how national societies, with their respective laws, and supranational European law can coexist is explored from an interdisciplinary perspective. To complete their degree, students may opt for a work placement or a dissertation. The work placement aims to prepare students for professional activity and requires that students write a final report about the experience gained, while the dissertation prepares students for academic research. Curriculum Core curriculum for the 3 concentrations (30Credits) : European culture European history Political integration European law Economic integration Methodological and interdisciplinary seminar (30Credits) Orientation-specific courses and electives (30Credits) Work placement or dissertation (30Credits) Mobility Master’s students are permitted to go on exchange for one semester maximum, as early as their third semester of study, and may earn no more than 30 credits at another university. The dissertation cannot be substituted. www.unige.ch/exchange Opportunities With the knowledge and skills acquired in the Master’s programme, graduates find employment in a wide range of areas. Students often go on to work in public policy planning and implementation at the regional, national or European levels. Many opportunities can also be found in the international sector, particularly in Geneva, in European institutions, international organisations, NGOs or multinational companies. This programme also prepares graduates for further studies in journalism. Admission Criteria Bachelor or equivalent degree. Admission based on application file. Applications Deadline: 28 February 2017 www.unige.ch/enrolment admissions.unige.ch [-]

Master multidisciplinary in Asian Studies

University of Geneva
Campus Full time 3 months February 2017 Switzerland Geneva

The Master multidisciplinary in Asian Studies is a joint programme of the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences (SES) and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. The courses broach all aspects of society, from culture to history, economics, politics and international relations. The programme allows students to begin or continue learning an Asian language, such as Chinese, Japanese, Hindi and Korean. [+]

Masters in Area studies in Geneva in Switzerland. Master multidisciplinary in Asian Studies The Master multidisciplinary in Asian Studies is a joint programme of the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences (SES) and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. The courses broach all aspects of society, from culture to history, economics, politics and international relations. The programme allows students to begin or continue learning an Asian language, such as Chinese, Japanese, Hindi1 and Korean. 1 This course is part of the Religious Studies programme at the University of Lausanne. Curriculum Courses (5 modules) (60Credits) : Beginner or more advanced levels] Chinese, Japanese, Hindi1, Korean Required courses and electives History, Literature, International relations, Social sciences and development studies, etc. 1 This course is part of the Religious Studies programme at the University of Lausanne. Research (60Credits) : Possibility of a internship either in an Asian country or related to Asia; thematic research and dissertation Mobility Master’s students are encouraged to go on exchange, if possible for a single semester, given the duration of the programme. Students may go on exchange regardless of how many credits they have completed at the Faculty. Under regulations, students may earn no more than 24 credits (or 2 out of 5 modules in the Master of Arts) while on exchange. The dissertation cannot be substituted. www.unige.ch/exchange Opportunities Unlike other fields of study, Arts degrees are not geared toward a specific career and graduates generally need to gain additional experience on the job. Job opportunities may be found in the following areas: teaching, journalism, radio, television, publishing, libraries, documentation centres, archives, bookshops, museums, heritage protection organisations, international organisations, diplomacy, private companies, banks, administration, staff management, tourism, public relations, cultural activities, art dealerships, galleries and literary, linguistic and philosophical research and writing, etc. Admission Criteria A Bachelor’s degree from a Swiss university or an equivalent foreign degree. Merit-based admission. Applications Deadline: 30 April 2017 (28 February 2017 for applicants who require a visa under Swiss Confederation regulations) www.unige.ch/immat admissions.unige.ch [-]