Online Masters in Humanities and Social Sciences in Switzerland

Compare Online Master's Degrees in Humanities and Social Sciences in Switzerland 2017

Humanities and Social Sciences

Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation, is a federal parliamentary republic consisting of 26 cantons, with Bern as the seat of the federal authorities. Switzerland's independence and neutrality have long been honored by the major European powers. Switzerland is a peaceful, prosperous, and stable modern market economy with low unemployment.

Online Master's Degree in Humanities and Social Sciences in Switzerland

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Master in Humanitarian Action and Peacebuilding

UNITAR United Nations Institute for Training and Research
Online Part time 2 - 5 years February 2017 Switzerland Switzerland Online

Complex man-made crises, conflicts, violence and unrests have become a global concern for the international community. Designing interventions in these extremely volatile environments requires specific knowledge and skills, to minimize negative impacts and maximize opportunities for positive and sustainable changes. [+]

Online Master's Degrees in Humanities and Social Sciences in Switzerland. Introduction Complex man-made crises, conflicts, violence and unrests have become a global concern for the international community. Designing interventions in these extremely volatile environments requires specific knowledge and skills, to minimize negative impacts and maximize opportunities for positive and sustainable changes. Built on the expertise of UNITAR and Oxford Brookes University (OBU), the Master in Humanitarian Action and Peacebuilding explores the interactions between these two fields, by linking theory with practice and applied knowledge. The programme envisages online lectures, discussions with key practitioners and the sharing of experiences, critical reflections, within the framework of an action research-based approach. The aim of the programme is to enhance reflective practices combining the art of conflict sensitive approaches to humanitarian and peacebuilding programming with the appreciation of the wider context in which these interventions unfold. The programme is designed for practitioners working in the fields of humanitarian action and peacebuilding, though is open also to personnel working in related fields (such as military and police officers deployed or about to be deployed in field operations, civil servants – including diplomats – in charge of humanitarian affairs, academics teaching humanitarian affairs, journalists, etc.) seeking to develop a more holistic understanding of critical issues related to humanitarian action and peacebuilding. Finally, the programme addresses practitioners working in other professional sectors, interested in exploring opportunities in the fields of humanitarian action and peacebuilding. Main topics covered by the Master in Humanitarian Action and Peacebuilding include: Contexts of humanitarian action and peacebuilding; Theories and practices related to the different dimensions of humanitarian action and peacebuilding – with a specific focus on protection actions; Methods and tools (for mapping, assessment, management, etc.) needed by practitioners working in the fields of humanitarian action and peacebuilding to address current and emerging challenges. Approach A student-centered, multidisciplinary approach, in which the workplace is used as the main learning environment UNITAR and OBU have developed an extensive expertise in the delivery of online programmes. Using Internet as a medium, students, practitioners and scholars are brought together in a unique virtual learning environment designed to valorize experiential and collaborative learning. Distinctive features of the Master include: Full online delivery, allowing for a flexible schedule designed to fit the specific needs of full-time working professionals; Student-centered approach, in which the learner and the learning experience at the core of the programme; Leading-edge insights into prevailing theories and practices; Lifelong learning approach, in which the workplace is used as the main learning environment; Multi-cultural pedagogy, particularly attentive at the diversity of paradigms, perceptions and intellectual traditions; Multi-disciplinary approach. Curriculum Students benefit from an experienced faculty of scholars and practitioners, peer-to-peer collaboration, and a curriculum that reflects current theory and practice. Required Courses Core Modules P30320 From Conflict Sensitivity to Conflict Transformation P30321 Culture-Sensitivity in Conflict and Post-Conflict Settings P30323 Leadership, Team and Self-management in Conflict Settings Issues-based Modules P30324 Protection of Civilians in Conflict and Post-Conflict Settings P30325 Post-Conflict Stabilization and Recovery P30322 Humanitarian and Peacebuilding Programmes in Urban Conflicts Research Component P30326 Conflict and Post-Conflict Research: Methods and Ethics P30327 Practice-based Study/Dissertation Alternative Courses P30328 Independent Study The Master in Humanitarian Action and Peacebuilding is awarded upon completion of 180 UK Credits. Students may alternatively opt for a PG Certificate upon completion of 60 UK Credits (corresponding to the three core modules) or a PG Diploma upon completion of 120 UK Credits (corresponding to the three core modules and the three issues-based modules). Duration The average duration of the Master and PG Diploma is 30 months (minimum duration 2 years; maximum duration 5 years). The average duration of the PG Certificate is 12 months (maximum duration 2 years). Application Information The programme is open to all candidates who fulfil at least one of the following conditions: Hold an approved undergraduate honors degree (or equivalent) at '1st’ or ‘upper second class' (i.e. a ‘2:1’) in a relevant discipline and preferably experience in the field of humanitarian action and peace-building or related fields; Hold a relevant recognized diploma and/or certified professional training and 3 to 5 years of experience in the field of humanitarian action and peacebuilding or related fields; Have substantial and proven field experience of minimum 10 years in humanitarian action, peacebuilding and related fields. English Language If first language is not English, student must satisfy English language requirements providing evidence of an IELTS level of 6.5 or recognized equivalent. In exceptional circumstances, where applicants can show that they have qualifications or experience or both that demonstrate that they have knowledge and capabilities equivalent to those possessed by holders of the qualifications listed above, they may be admitted with dispensation from the requirement to possess those qualifications. Admission with Credits Applications will also be considered from potential candidates who wish to seek accreditation for their prior experiential learning or earlier qualifications. Applicants with prior certificated or experiential learning who make the case in writing with appropriate supporting documents may be admitted with exemption from or credit for, up to two-thirds of the credit value of the Brookes Postgraduate award. Application Instructions The Project Managers are available to students during the application process. Students are encouraged to email the Project Managers at mahap@unitar.org or mahap@brookes.ac.uk with any questions during the application process. All applicants are required to apply online through UK Pass. Students must complete all required fields and uploads prior to submission. More information on the application process are available at: http://architecture.brookes.ac.uk/research/cendep Tuition and Fees 8’500 GBP [-]

Master in Electoral Policy and Administration

UNITAR United Nations Institute for Training and Research
Online Part time 12 months February 2017 Switzerland Switzerland Online

Elections have become a major factor in the stabilization and democratization of emerging democracies and post-conflict countries. More than a dozen such elections are to take place in 2016. However, the risk of a relapse into war and violence is considerable. Elections in these countries are a tightrope walk between war and peace, stability and instability. [+]

Introduction Elections have become a major factor in the stabilization and democratization of emerging democracies and post-conflict countries. More than a dozen such elections are to take place in 2016. However, the risk of a relapse into war and violence is considerable. Elections in these countries are a tightrope walk between war and peace, stability and instability. Built on the expertise of UNITAR, the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA), the Master in Electoral Policy and Administration (MEPA) provides advanced learning on electoral processes for current and aspiring election professionals. The Master targets mid/upper level professionals who want to acquire the specific knowledge and skills to work as election administrators and/or to work as a part of Election Management Bodies (EMBs). The Master focuses on the development of “electoral professionals”, that is, professionals who share a common set of norms, behavioral standards, and qualifications to assume specific roles and responsibilities in the area of electoral policy and administration. Responding to a global, structural demand for qualified electoral professionals, the Master offers a systematic and comprehensive approach to the professional development of those enrolled and places particular emphasis on the importance of advancing equal career opportunity for men and women. MEPA is composed of an online component (eight months) and an optional residential component at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa, Italy (up to three weeks). Internships are encouraged but they are not compulsory in order to earn the degree. Approach A student-centered, multidisciplinary approach, in which the workplace is used as the main learning environment UNITAR has developed an extensive expertise in the delivery of online programmes. Using Internet as a medium, students, practitioners and scholars are brought together in a unique virtual learning environment designed to valorize experiential and collaborative learning. Distinctive features of the Master include: Full online delivery, allowing for a flexible schedule designed to fit the specific needs of full-time working professionals; Student-centered approach, in which the learner and the learning experience at the core of the programme; Leading-edge insights into prevailing theories and practices; Lifelong learning approach, in which the workplace is used as the main learning environment; Multi-cultural pedagogy, particularly attentive at the diversity of paradigms, perceptions and intellectual traditions; Multi-disciplinary approach. Curriculum Students benefit from an experienced faculty of scholars and practitioners, peer-to-peer collaboration, and a curriculum that reflects current theory and practice. MEPA001 Elections and Voting as Instruments of Governance MEPA002 Electoral Legal and Regulatory Frameworks MEPA003 Electoral Management Bodies (EMBs) MEPA004 Electoral Systems and Managing Representation MEPA005 Understanding and Managing Boundary Delimitation MEPA006 Political Parties, Campaigns, and Political Finance MEPA007 Electoral Planning and Budgeting MEPA008 Voter Registration and Identification Systems MEPA009 Electoral Operations MEPA010 Marginalized Electorates and Special Voting Programs MEPA011 Elections and Technology MEPA012 Civic and Voter Education MEPA013 Media and Elections MEPA014 Electoral Integrity and Malpractice MEPA015 Electoral Security and Conflict Prevention MEPA016 Electoral Justice Systems MEPA017 Electoral Observation, Evaluation, and Validation MEPA018 Policy Advice and Electoral Reform MEPA019 Final Project The Master in Electoral Policy and Administration is awarded upon completion of 60 ETCS. Students may alternatively opt to register for individual modules which will grant between 2 and 4 ETCS. Duration The average duration of the Master in Electoral Policy and Administration is 12 months. The average duration of the individual modules is between 20 to 40 hours (depending on the specific module chosen). Application Information Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements: Three-year (at least) university degree in a relevant field, combined with some (ideally at least six months) working experience in the field of electoral policy and administration or related areas. Students expecting to graduate within a period of three months from the application are also eligible. Fluency in English – at least at level C1 (please refer to: CEFR for Languages, CoE, www.coe.int/lang-CEFR ). Application Instructions The Project Managers are available to students during the application process. Students are encouraged to email the Project Managers at mepa@unitar.org or mepa@sssup.it with any questions during the application process. Applicants will be selected on the basis of the information provided in their CVs and in the online application form which is available at http://www.mepa.dirpolis.sssup.it/en Admitted participants will be informed about the results within 8 weeks from their application. In case of problems with the on-line procedure please contact mepa@sssup.it Once admitted, applicants will receive an Admission Letter and they will have up to six months to secure enough funding and start attending the courses. Tuition and Fees 10’000 Euro [-]

Master in Conflictology

UNITAR United Nations Institute for Training and Research
Online Part time 3 - 5 semesters February 2017 Switzerland Geneva

Violent conflicts and wars have been recurrent throughout history. Only in the first half of 2016, millions of individuals have been affected on a daily basis. From increased insecurity, to economic instability and the collapse of law and order, the effects of conflict at the local, national, regional and international levels are devastating. [+]

Online Master's Degrees in Humanities and Social Sciences in Switzerland. Introduction Violent conflicts and wars have been recurrent throughout history. Only in the first half of 2016, millions of individuals have been affected on a daily basis. From increased insecurity, to economic instability and the collapse of law and order, the effects of conflict at the local, national, regional and international levels are devastating. Built on the expertise of UNITAR and the Univeristat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), the Master in Conflictology presents a unique opportunity to professionals working within the framework of international and regional organizations, as well as governmental and non-governmental institutions to examine conflicts in all of their dimensions and to explore innovative approaches for their management, resolution and transformation, through a network of world-leading academics and experts The programme aims at professionals (civilian, military and police) working in conflict-prone environments, within the framework of international and regional organizations (United Nations, African Union, European Union – among others), as well as governmental and non-governmental organizations. Additionally, the Master’s Degree and related qualifications are open to graduate students, young researchers and other academics interest in understanding conflicts and acquiring skills to address them. By choosing the International Master’s Degree in Conflictology, students gain access to a broad group of alumni spread across the world. Becoming a part of this community will be a valuable asset for a lifetime. Approach A student-centered, multidisciplinary approach, in which the workplace is used as the main learning environment UNITAR and UOC have developed an extensive expertise in the delivery of online programmes. Using Internet as a medium, students, practitioners and scholars are brought together in a unique virtual learning environment designed to valorize experiential and collaborative learning. Distinctive features of the Master include: Full online delivery, allowing for a flexible schedule designed to fit the specific needs of full-time working professionals; Student-centered approach, in which the learner and the learning experience at the core of the programme; Leading-edge insights into prevailing theories and practices; Lifelong learning approach, in which the workplace is used as the main learning environment; Multi-cultural pedagogy, particularly attentive at the diversity of paradigms, perceptions and intellectual traditions; Multi-disciplinary approach. Required Courses Students benefit from an experienced faculty of scholars and practitioners, peer-to-peer collaboration, and a curriculum that reflects current theory and practice. UN.002 Introduction to Peace Operations UN.003 History of United Nations Peace Operations UN.000 Understanding Conflict and Conflict Analysis UN.001 Conflict Resolution B1.044 Media and Peacebuilding B1.042 Philosophy of Peace B1.048 Deconstructing War B1.045 Crisis Management UN.004 Human Security B1.046 Economy and Conflict B1.055 Project Armed Conflicts and Crisis Management B1.051 Non Violence B1.049 Intercultural/Ethnic Conflict and the Management of Diversity B1.054 Business Ethics B1.050 Family Mediation B1.052 Business Mediation B1.101 Mandate Evaluation B1.053 Implementation of Conflict Strategy in Workplace and Commercial Conflicts B1.700 Master's final project The Master in Conflictology is awarded upon completion of 60 ECTS. The Master in Conflictology is a UOC Certified Master’s Degree, awarded according to the rules and regulations set by the Spanish education system. Giving its specificity, it does not give general access to Doctoral studies (Ph.D. and similar). Validation of credits for access to such programmes can be requested from competent institutions. For more information, students should contact conflictology@unitar.org Students may alternatively opt for a specialization certificate (Specialization in Crisis Management or Specialization in Armed Conflicts) upon completion of 15 credits or a post-graduate certificate (Post-graduate Certificate in Armed Conflicts and Crisis Management) upon completion of 30 credits. Duration The maximum duration of the Master in Conflictology and the Post-graduate Certificate in Armed Conflict and Crisis Management shall be of 5 semesters. The minimum duration of both programmes shall be of 3 semesters. The maximum duration of the Specialization in Armed Conflict and the Specialization in Crisis Management shall be of 1 semester. The minimum duration of both programmes shall be of 1 semester. Application Information In order to be considered for the Master in Conflictology, students must have completed an undergraduate degree, be fluent in English, possess a valid passport or national ID card. Same requirements apply for the other programmes. Application Deadlines To be considered for the Fall-term: 15 August To be considered for the Spring-term: 15 January Applications received after the final deadline are evaluated case by case on a rolling basis. Application Instructions The Project Manager is available to students during the application process. Students are encouraged to email the Project Manager at conflictology@unitar.org with any questions during the application process. All applicants are required to apply online at: http://www.unitar.org/ptp/registration Students must complete all required fields and uploads prior to submission. Required Application Materials Application Form Applicants must complete the online application available at: http://www.unitar.org/ptp/registration Passport / National ID Applicants must submit a scanned copy of a valid passport or national ID card. Scans must be clear and legible. Transcripts Applicants must upload transcript, mark sheet, or academic record for each institution in the relevant section of the online application. All transcript uploads must be accompanied by a key, a legend, or the back copy of the transcript. Non-English transcripts must be accompanied by an English translation. Full name of the applicant must appear on the transcript/record. Scans must be clear and legible. Supporting documents (or any other document) must not be mailed if they have been uploaded with the online application, unless requested by the Selection Committee. In case of troubles uploading transcript, applicants shall email conflictology@unitar.org and give a detailed description of the issue and attach the document in question. UNITAR reserves the right to require official transcripts at any time during the admission process. Any fraudulent activity or discrepancies found between uploaded and official transcripts will result in the immediate revocation of admission and/or dismissal from the programme. Essay / Academic Writing Sample Applicants may submit a 400-word-limit academic writing sample, in English. Published or unpublished academic research papers or a coherent excerpt from a longer paper are acceptable. Motivation Letter / Statement of Purpose (Optional) Applicants must submit a 400-word-limit Motivation Letter / Statement of Purpose explaining the reasons for pursuing the degree, the professional goals, and why they consider the programme to be a match for them. Recommendation Letter (Optional) One academic/professional letter of recommendation is required. Recommenders can submit recommendations by e-mail at conflictology@unitar.org Application Status Applications become complete and ready for review once all required items have been received by UNITAR. Students should allow 2 to 3 weeks from the date they submitted their application for its review by the Selection Committee. The Selection Committee will notify applicants by email if their file is missing any documents and again when their file is complete for review. These notifications are sent to the email address provided in the online application. Tuition and Fees 12’500 USD [-]