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The CIVIS micro-programme Global Awareness offers students of all subjects and degrees the possibility to acquire transdisciplinary competencies in the comprehension and analysis of global and cross-border phenomena.

Meeting global challenges - such as issues concerning energy, the climate and the environment - is a core aspiration of the CIVIS Alliance. With this in mind, CIVIS member universities the University of Bucharest, the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and the University of Tübingen have launched a joint micro-programme on Global Awareness. It provides in-depth knowledge about globalization and cross-border processes, as well as opportunities to reflect on global interconnections and interrelationships in everyday life. Covering a broad range of topics and approaches, the courses offered in this program foster the development of inter- and transdisciplinary competencies and problem-solving skills to deal with the social, cultural, economic, legal, political and ecological problems of our time, preventing racism and fostering peace and understanding. In this way, students are equipped to become responsible actors in a globalised world.

This micro-programme is structured in four areas:

(1) Introductory Courses: offer basic knowledge on globalization and cross-border processes, many of them making use of serious/educational games or with elements of gamification. Examples of courses in this area are “What is globalization?”, “Globalization: homogeneity or diversity?”, “The local and the global in globalization debates”.

(2) Thematic Courses: focus on theoretical debates and analysis of globalization and cross-border processes, mostly in seminars based in readings and discussions. Examples of courses in this area are “Chemistry solutions for global challenges”, “Physicists as civic scientists”, “Human rights: contemporary issues”, “Foundations of comparative law”, “Sociology of Globalization”, “Religions in dialogue: Christianity and Islam” and “Music and Society in Westafrica”.

(3) Student Research Projects: provide students with the necessary tools to conceive, develop and implement a research project, following mostly didactic concepts of inquiry and problem-based learning. Examples of courses in this area are “Riparian zones: waste areas or assets for biodiversity and human well-being?” and “Porajmos, transnational Roma networks, and the University of Tübingen”.

(4) Joint Projects: courses offered in partnership with other universities, mainly in formats of summer schools, excursions, etc. Examples of courses in this area are “Summer School on Latin America” and “Global power of the BRICS countries: China and new global cooperation networks”.

These areas cluster the courses offered to guide you in your choices. This flexible format allows you to pursue your own interests, building academic profiles that complement your studies. Moreover, it gives you flexibility when it comes to planning your time, choosing your learning strategies, and meeting your needs. You may choose to gain an overview of the main issues of the globalization debate, attending the introductory and thematic courses. If you want to be more deeply involved in developing your own research agendas related to globalization, you may participate in the student research projects. The joint projects will give you international experience and new perspectives on the globalization debate.

The courses will be offered online and vary in duration, from block seminars to courses that cover the entire lecture period, following the academic calendars of the three participating universities. For this reason, the courses may have different schedules than you are used to at your home university. We ask all interested students to check the dates of the courses with attention.

The courses are certified according to workload and their assignments are marked with pass/not pass. As a graduation requirement of the program, students must reach 15 ECTS from the completed courses within a period of two years after acceptance in the micro-program. There is not any additional final examination form.

Attending this program, you will expand your knowledge, acquire research skills and problem-solving abilities, and learn to cooperate across national and disciplinary borders. By finishing the program, you will be better equipped to deal with the challenges posed by globalization, being flexible to find solutions based on cooperation of different areas and nationalities, and acting as global actors. In terms of qualification, this Micro-Program provides:

  • transdisciplinary competencies, encouraging students to follow/choose lectures outside their main field of study;
  • qualification of students to master studies (e.g. supporting their interest in globalization issues in the motivational letters when applying to a Master Degree);
  • complementary formation in bachelors, since students from all fields of study can enroll in this Micro-Program;
  • a good opportunity to integrate teaching and research by promoting student research projects.

This micro-programme is open to BA students and MA students at all CIVIS universities. For students at the three co-organising universities, the ECTS credit points will be recognized as part of your study programme at the home university according to local rules:

At the University of Bucharest, ECTS credit points will be recognized in the special module for CIVIS activities.

At the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, there are two possibilities:

  • (a) 6 ECTS will be recognized as curricular credits and 9 ECTS as extracurricular credits
  • (b) 15 ECTS will be recognized as an extracurricular micromodule.

At the University of Tübingen, credit points will be recognized in the module key qualification, as the other courses in the Transdisciplinary Course Program.

For students enrolled in other CIVIS Universities, we will publish the conditions of recognition here as soon as we have them. When you finish the micro-program and receive your certificate, you must contact your university to have the credits recognized.

Application will be open in 3 periods:

  • 1 December 2021 - 14 January 2022

​​​​​​​Responses will be sent by 24 January 2022.

  • 1-31 March 2022​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​Responses will be sent by 10 April 2022.

  • 1-30 September 2022 

Responses will be sent by 10 October 2022.

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After being accepted in the micro-programme, students will gain access to the dedicated space in the CIVIS Moodle platform where they will find more information about individual courses.