International Encounters - Integration of Newcomers

Interdisciplinary Learning Outcome

The module is designed as a research project. Students from FRA-UAS will work together with refugees living in the Rhine-Main region to explore the chances and difficulties for refugees to be integrated in the economy. Therefore the module aims for students who are motivated to explore economic developments, social and political context as well as networking with (potential) employers in the region.

Content of module

Refugees in Germany generally and in the City of Frankfurt as well as in the Rhine Main Region in particular are increasing in numbers. This group of people can provide new opportunities for economic development or may challenge the local economic environment.

The central research question of the course is “How does economic integration of refugees happen in the City of Frankfurt and the Rhine Main Region, and what are the challenges that refugees and potential employers face?” In order to find answers to these questions we will collect data (both primary and secondary) by interviewing refugees and (potential) employers of the region (qualitative and quantitative research).

Teachers

  • Rita Bariche
  • Beatrix Schwarzer (Fb 4/Faculty of Health and Social Work)
  • Dr. Sebhatleab Tewolde Kelati (IMIK)

Examination

Project work (time given: 12 weeks) with presentation.

Schedule

  • Introduction: 12.04.2017 (16:00-19:15)
  • Due date project work (every second week):
    • 26.04.2017
    • 10.05.2017
    • 24.05.2017
    • 07.06.2017
    • 21.06.2017
    • 28.06.2017 (always 16:00-19:15)
  • Examination:  05.07.2017 (16:00-19:15)

Learning Outcomes

Students broaden their specialized line of thinking (theories and methods) through insights into professional knowledge and paradigms of other disciplines.

The students are capable of

  • interdisciplinary thinking, and recognizing the different aspects of a cross-sectional task, weighing these aspects and reflecting on them holistically
  • comprehending the relations within their future professional fields with regard to different disciplines as well as societal aspects;
  • describing these relations professionally as well as representing them argumentatively in debate;
  • reflecting the impacts and effects of their professional and societal actions and drawing conclusions from these for their own conduct;
  • developing an understanding for how other disciplines think through interdisciplinary tasks, and acting cooperatively with regard to other cultures and value systems;
  • engaging in interdisciplinary thinking and cross-cultural, multidimensional solutions;
  • developing intercultural competencies and language proficiencies;
  • working in international and multidisciplinary teams of peers;
  • encountering the city of Frankfurt/Main and the region of Rhine-Main region.

Literature

DIRECTORATE GENERAL FOR INTERNAL POLICIES (2016): Labour Market Integration of Refugees: Strategies and good practices. Online www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/STUD/2016/578956/IPOL_STU(2016)578956_EN.pdf, accessed 10.12.2016.

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