Geneva, Switzerland

Global Environment, Energy and Risk

when 15 June 2020 - 19 June 2020
language English
duration 1 week
credits 4 EC
fee CHF 800

UNESCO defines global citizenship as a “sense of belonging to a broader community and common humanity”. Global citizenship education, in this context, concerns learning to recognize and respect multiple levels of identity and collective identity that transcend individual cultural, religious, ethnic and other differences. The strength of Global Citizenship Education comes from the fact that it takes a long-term, root cause approach to the social problems we are experiencing today. This is why this concept has been integrated into the Education-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). At the same time, this notion has been criticized for its conceptual fuzziness and for embodying Western, privileged perspectives.

The program is designed for Master/PhD students, advanced researchers, and practitioners interested in thinking more critically about issues of Global Citizenship Education and global competencies.

The program will prepare participants for research and action and will include meetings and discussions with professionals from a wide range of academic institutions and international organizations in Geneva and internationally. The program will promote interdisciplinary cooperation both in research and in teaching and will bring together scholars, experts and students from around the world.

With its strong emphasis on theory, research and practice, the program will serve as an excellent preparation for professionals interested in further research or careers in international education.

Upon successful completion of the program, 3 ECTS credits and a Certificate will be provided.

Programme Objectives:

Understand the history and theoretical foundations of Global Citizenship Education;
Develop the ability to create institutional projects in the area of Global Citizenship;
Gain the skills and knowledge necessary to set up research projects on Global Citizenship;
Prepare for a critical analysis of pedagogical projects in international, national and local contexts aiming to promote Global Citizenship Education.

Target Audience:

Taught in English, the program is open to 20 – 25 highly qualified participants in the field of education studies, psychology, public policy, government affairs, or international relations.

Candidates should have a bachelor’s degree in the field of education, psychology, social sciences or a related discipline. Motivated candidates without a bachelor’s degree may also apply.

Please note: Changes to the draft program may be made at any time prior to the start of the course.

Course leader

Abdeljalil Akkari
Department of Education Sciences
University of Geneva

Target group

Professionals, upper year undergraduates and graduate students.

Course aim

Learning outcomes

Understanding the interconnectedness of global and local challenges related to environment, energy and risk
Overview of key research findings and governance experience
Insight into selected research methods and analytical tools
Knowledge about how international organisations and local players engage themselves and what drivers and barriers are
Experience in interacting with experts and peers from various backgrounds
Training of skills in discussion of complex issues, presentation and written reporting

Evaluation and grading

Class participation (25%)
Paper (50%)
Group presentation (25%)

Please note: Changes to the draft program may be made at any time prior to the start of the course.

Credits info

4 EC
Each summer school will indicate its equivalence in ECTS credits in its description. Participants will be provided with a Certificate of Completion of the course if they satisfy attendance and evaluation requirements. It is the participant’s responsibility to verify the validity of the course and validate it at their home university prior to participating in the course.

Fee info

CHF 800: Final deadline (May 1, 2017): 1,800 CHF
EUR 0: Final Deadline (15 April 2020):

Professionals: 1,100 CHF*
External students: 800 CHF*
UNIGE students: 400 CHF*


A limited number of competitive excellence scholarships are available.