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Managing a multicultural society

Défis dans une société multiculturelle

Faculté de gestion: Institut de hautes études en administration publique

Responsable(s): Flavia Fossati
Intervenant(s): -

Période de validité: 2017 -> 2017

Pas d'horaire défini.


Semestre d'automne
26 heures par semestre

Langue(s) d'enseignement: anglais
Public: Oui
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Introduction to the challenges that immigrants, societies and the state face in times of increasing migration movements.
This master course introduces students to the challenges that immigrants, receiving societies and the state face in times of increasing migration movements. Integration of foreign citizens into the host society has become the central issue. At the same time, immigration can offer various opportunities. We explore several areas that deal with integration and discuss some of the pressing questions in contemporary migration research: What is the effect of immigration on national labour markets? Is the welfare state affected? Do natives discriminate? Does integration work?


In this course, we first explore the general context in which international migration takes place. To this aim we discuss the most important theories that explain what triggers migration movements and why these continue over time. Then, we explore three different policy areas that influence the reception and incorporation of immigrants in a host society. Our central question will be: how can a state successfully integrate immigrants? To answer this question, we first look at citizenship acquisition and analyse whether obtaining citizenship should rather be the reward for a successful integration, or whether it should be used as an instrument to incentivize increased integration effort. Second, knowing that labour market integration is pivotal for a successful social and economic participation in a host society, we analyse the challenges immigrants face when looking for a job in a new country and how these difficulties can be mitigated. Third, we analyse whether and to what extent immigrants are disadvantaged by the host country's welfare state. Do immigrants suffer from worse outcomes (e.g. poverty, worse service access) compared to natives? And how can this be explained? Eventually, against the backdrop of the recent refugee crisis, we conclude the course by addressing issues related to specific difficulties that refugees face when settling in Western societies.


The course is held in English, the assignment can be written in English, French, Italian, or German.
To be granted the 3 ETCs points allocated to this course, the students are expected to
1) actively participate in the 7 lessons, in particular in the in-class exercises and read the mandatory texts (pass/fail).
2) They will have to hold a group presentation on an exercise mostly based on the reading of a mandatory text (counts 30% towards the end grade), and
3) they will have to individually write a short essay on one of the two or three topics that will be proposed in lesson 6 (counts 70% towards the end grade). The essay should be max. 1'500 words (+/- 10%) the appendix and the literature list are not included in the word count.
The assignment can be written in English, French, Italian, or German, the presentation will be held in English.
e proposed in lesson 6. The questions will be related to the exercises discussed in class.
The essay should be max. 1'500 words (+/- 10%) the appendix and the literature list are not included in the word count).


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