Sustainable Futures Summer School

Sustainable Futures Summer School

The 2018 programme comprises the following courses (subject to minor modifications and adjustments):
Module 1: Global Environment, Energy and Risk (one week)
Module 2: Economics of Climate Change (one week)
Module 3: Sustainable Futures: Module 1 AND Module 2 (two weeks)

WEEK 1
25 - 29 June
MODULE ON GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT, ENERGY AND RISK (M1)

Description
  • This course is an intense program on environmental governance, sustainability and energy dynamics across the globe.
  • During this program participants will study new sets of risks associated with these global dynamics of change and energy development by engaging with representatives from key international institutions.
  • The program is taught by faculty from UNIGE and renowned partner universities.
  • Lectures will be held at Geneva-based governmental and non-governmental international organizations ( eg. UN, World Economic Forum, IRCA, WTO, WHO and UNEP etc).
  • This program delves deep into current international deliberations and their impacts on societies and cities.
Students will discover the role, significance and contribution of Geneva to global circuits of change.

WEEK 2
2 - 6 July
MODULE ON ECONOMICS OF CLIMATE CHANGE (M2)

Description
This multi-disciplinary five-day course provides an in-depth overview of the economics of climate change, and the risks and opportunities they present.
After having covered the basic scientific findings, participants will be presented with the Integrated Assessment Framework, Cost Benefit Analysis and international climate policy analysis. Econometric techniques to measure different socio economic impacts and the implications in terms of governance will also be presented.
Then, adaptation and mitigation strategies will be reviewed and presented. Emphasis is placed on agriculture in the developing world. The module is composed by a mix of lectures, seminars and group work jointly with the UNCTAD-UNIGE Sustainability Research Centre.

Subjects

  • Climate Change
  • Environmental Risk
  • Environmental Studies

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Global and Regional Migration Governance Summer School

Learn about migration governance from leading international organizations and experts
  • Gain an interdisciplinary perspective
  • Network with experts working in the field
  • Visit the leading organizations in international Geneva
  • Learn about regional migration initiatives
The summer school offers a unique opportunity to learn and discuss about structures, actors, processes and challenges of global and regional migration governance in dialogue with international academic experts and practitioners from pertinent international organizations and NGOs based in Geneva. This will be achieved through lectures from academics and experts in the field and visits of leading organizations and NGOs like ILO, IOM, UNHCR and ICRC in combination with targeted workshops.
A Global perspective…
Next to lectures on the causes, forms and implications of forced and voluntary migration, the focus will be on the multi-layered governance of international mobility, migrant rights, and refugee protection. Academic lectures will include inputs from different social science disciplines including law, political science, sociology and international relations. Students will learn about the main commonalities and differences in how states regulate the entry and stay of the different categories of international migrants before getting to know the principal structures and regulations addressing these questions at the level of regions and international institutions.
... in combination with regional insights
Benefiting from targeted lectures by regional experts and representatives of international organizations, particular emphasis will be put on the role of regional initiatives in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe in interaction with multilateral institutions in promoting international cooperation on migration governance. Herewith, the Summer School directly addresses the agenda laid down by the United Nations' New York Declaration on Large Movements of Migrants and Refugees adopted on 19 September 2016.
Learning outcomes:
At the end of this course, participants will have a profound understanding of the state of play of international (regional and global) migration policy, politics and law today and will have established a network of contacts with academics and practitioners working in the field. This will allow them to either orient their future studies or refresh and extend existing knowledge.
Equivalence of 4 ECTS or 6 ECTS (more details under Evaluation).

University of Geneva

8-10 Passage Daniel Baud Bovy

Prejudice, discrimination, and the diversity challenge

Prejudice and discrimination are often causes of individuals’ suffering, social inequalities, and human conflicts in contemporary societies. Prejudice and discrimination are pervasive, difficult to counteract, and persisting even in unsuspected contexts and organizations.
This summer school brings together experts and students from different countries to examine the origins and the consequences of prejudice. Where does prejudice come from? How do prejudice and discrimination affect people’s achievements, performances, and well-being? How can institutions reduce prejudice? How do laws prevent prejudice and protect minorities? What are the advantages of the inclusion of minority groups in the labor market?
This summer school will address these questions through lectures from keynote speakers in social psychology.The social social-psychological analysis will be complemented by talks in law and economy, class discussion, and group presentations. It will focus on contemporary cases of prejudice based on various group memberships and stigmatizing attributes, such as race, religion, gender, sexuality, age, social class, disability, and unemployment.
This summer school is a unique opportunity to meet practitioners from different organizations in Geneva and to learn about implemented policies aiming to reduce discriminations and promote diversity in the workplace.
This summer school will introduce participants to:
  • the basic research and theories about stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination from the social, cognitive, and organizational psychological perspectives
  • laws protecting individuals from prejudice and discrimination in the workplace
  • the economic analysis of labor market discrimination
  • strategies and policies to prevent and reduce prejudice in the workplace

University of Geneva

8-10 Passage Daniel Baud Bovy

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