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Program structure (is in the process of accreditation)

Our program is divided up into five modules. Each is finished with a module assessment. Subsequently, the Master’s thesis is to be written. Courses are held in English and German.

Module 1: Theoretical Approaches and Methods

In this module, students are introduced and deal critically with different approaches to concepts such as diversity and intercultural education, psycholsocial intervention in intercultural settings and anti-discrimination work. The authors Edward Said, Homi Bhaba, Stuart Hall, Maria de Castro Varela (and others) are their theoretical approaches are discussed and put into their socio-political and historic contexts.

Furthermore, different methoden of scientific and academic work are taught. Reflecting upon such methods and techniques to write the own Master Thesis is part of this module.                                       

    Examination: oral group test

Module 2: Psychosocial Dimensions of Persecution, War and Forced Migration

This module provides an introduction to psychosocial concepts for working in (post-)conflict areas. The main focus is put on the actual work in "Ongoing Conflicts" and "Dealing with the past". Topics such as forced migration, war and trauma are being dealt with, and the complicated role of international cooperation is being discussed in this context.

    Examination: written paper (3000 words)

Module 3: Migration and Education

Subjects of this module are on the one hand basics of diversity and intercultural education, and on the other hand pluri-lingualism in schools. One of the seminars of this module deals mainly with working with heterogeneous groups, and the other seminar is concerned with the linguistic consequences globalised settings entail. First and second language acquisition, language teaching in multicultural settings, bilingualism as challenge for school and family are discussed in this seminar.

    Examination: written paper (3000 words) or oral test

Module 4: Diversity Competence in Theory and Practice

This module will mainly debate ways of social exclusion and asymmetric attribution with concepts of individual as well as institutional racism. Group-focused emnity and its challenges for pedagogical practice are at the center of interest, here.

    Examination: written paper (3000 words) or oral test

Module 5: Project management (March - May)

A three-month project in educational, psycho-social, or cultural fields, trying to connect theory and practice, is planned and prepared during the first term. In the second term it is carried out and presented. It is possible to connect the project to a stay abroad.

   Examination: project report (4500 words) & a poster presentation

Module 6: Master’s Thesis

The remaining three months are reserved to writing your Master’s Thesis in German or English. Regulations demand it to have 12.000 words and an abstract in the respective other language.

Course plan

The first two weeks of the programme consist of a compulsory introduction in and out of Berlin

 60 ECTS

1st term

2nd term



Module I (8 LP)

Theoretical Approaches and Methods







Module II (8 LP)

Psychosocial Dimensions of Persecution, War and Forced Migration



Module III (8 LP)

Migration and Education



Module IV (8 LP)

Diversity Competence in Theory and Practice


Series of Lectures

Module V (12 LP)

Project management




Master’s Thesis

(16 LP)


Master’s Thesis

accompanied by the colloquium

(16 LP)