The Global Labour University
International Masters Programmes
for Trade Unionists
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The didactic concept of the modules within the course Labour Policies and Globalisation is research oriented learning. This objective strives towards promoting an innovative curriculum by offering modules that focus on student participation. New knowledge for the subjects will be jointly developed by both academic teaching staff and students. Emphasis is placed on investigating new types of research, new modes of studying, and broadening the interaction between academic fields and trade union practices. Wherever possible, an interdisciplinary approach will be developed that strives to integrate the different cultural backgrounds of the students.
Due to the fact that most of the students have already obtained their first academic degree, and also due to the fact that they have at their disposal elaborate knowledge and experience with trade union work or with work in comparable organisations, there is less of a need to introduce them to academic structures. This prior experience challenges the traditional positions of learner and instructor.
The programme helps strengthen the capacity and competence to promote universal respect for basic human rights, workers' rights, social justice and protection, and for the representation of weak and disadvantaged members of society. It therefore pursues the following learning and teaching objectives:
Basics for the understanding of global economic, political, and social changes open up new opportunities and new challenges for trade unions: new approaches to sustainable development, strategies to combat poverty and discrimination, and to extend social protection; reforms of policies, laws, and institutions, improvements in employment access, working conditions, labour relations, and human resource development (including capabilities for learning and organisation-building);
Competences to identify social problems in society and to develop appropriate solutions, to incorporate social analyses and participation into the design and implementation of development projects, to do quick and robust research, to collect and generate relevant data, to use empirical tools including indicators used to assess impacts, to monitor performances, and to evaluate the effects of problem solutions and projects;
Abilities to transfer knowledge, to identify and disseminate good practices as well as lessons learned from failures, to mobilise and organise workers in the formal and the informal economy in order to advance their own interests, to build up networks with a wide range of actors and groups from trade unions and civil society, to build up pools of expertise, to contribute to successful forms of social dialogue, to ensure that all segments of society can make their voices heard, to improve and strengthen the work of trade unions especially in international and trans-cultural contexts.
In achieving these objectives both universities place special emphasis on
To achieve these objectives, the following teaching methods will be employed:
For a Master degree students have to, during the course, acquire the following academic skills: