This highly topical course is taught in English by AIM Overseas’ partner in Lisbon, Portugal, ISCTE with the aim to offer students a thorough overview of the variety of institutional and non-institutional European and North-American responses to the current influx of migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
Tackling the complexity of such sensitive issues not only requires a multidisciplinary approach but also a set of contributions from different (inter)national perspectives, institutional or otherwise. Indeed, the course offers a lively forum of discussion on the subject of border(s) and culture crossings that non-European current immigration affords, seeking to address the way in which these are being absorbed into major ideological reconceptualisation of European national and extra-national identities (as well as forms of citizenship). The teaching modules will focus on topics ranging from European history and regional demographics, from global economic trends to humanitarian issues, but will also discuss European integration and the recent rise of populist forms of nationalism, cultural interactions, ethnic-religious conflicts and securitisation of European external and internal borders.
Lisbon, being a city with a long multicultural history and with an established African — but also Asian — immigrant community, students will be invited to visit districts where their presence is most visible. They will also be taken to visit the installations of Portuguese and international agencies as well as non-governmental organisations focused on humanitarian aid and integration of refugees and other immigrants.
Due to the changing global political environment in areas such as the USA, France and Germany this program will also focus on these emerging issues. Therefore, the Border Crossings program will have aspects that are evolving as time progresses to enable it to be a highly topical and engaging experience for students.
** Details of the program are still subject to change **
Over 3 weeks, the following topics will be covered by lecturers and guest speakers from ISCTE and other European institutions:
- The humanitarian system/industry
- Evolving borders of Europe
- Migratory routes to Europe
- Refugees and Migrations, an endless debate
- European nationalisms Redux
- Hypermobility of goods/inframobility of people
- Original sins: oil, guns and crescents
- Fortress Europe and the European dream
- Harsh demographics, harsher politics
- The politicisation of immigration
- Me Expat, you Migrant
- Old and new migrants: integration, reinvented identity, marginalisation, radicalisation, growing apart
University Institute of Lisbon
ISCTE- University Institute of Lisbon is one of the best universities in Portugal. The University specialises in social sciences, public policies, management and economics.
The University is highly internationalised, and one of the University’s strategic goals is to foster the international dimension of its teaching, research and training.
The course is coordinated by Professor Manuel João Ramos and Dr Pedro Figueiredo Neto. Classes are conducted and organised by a set of Portugese and invited foreign lecturers according to the topic. Classes are complemented with research visits and field trips according to the topic.
Site visits include but are not limited to:
- NGOs focused on human rights and local integration
- International organisation that promotes human rights
- Movie session and dinner at a NGO promoting social inclusion of immigrant communities
- Visit to Portugese military or police premises
Cultural activities include but are not limited to:
- Lisbon Historical Centre
- Sintra – UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Evora – UNESCO World Heritage Site
You will be accommodated in a student hostel in the downtown area of Lisbon where you will be well connected to the rest of the city and the University. You will share a room with either one, two or three other students on the AIM Overseas program.
Nestled between Spain and the Atlantic Ocean, Portugal contains striking landscapes ripe for exploration, from the exceptional beaches of the Algarve to the lush vineyards of the Douro River Valley. Portugal is full of beautiful scenery, old-fashioned traditions of village life and their outstanding, very affordable seafood. You can gaze upon 20,000 year old stone carvings in the Vila Nova de Foz Coa, watch the sunset off the mysterious megaliths outside Evora, or lose yourself in the elaborate corridors of UNESCO world heritage sites like Tomar, Belem, Alcobaca or Batalha. Celts, Romans, Visigoths, Moors and Christians all left their mark on the Iberian nation.
It’s a Catholic country – there are ancient churches in every community – and while support for the institutions of the Church may have waned, a belief in traditional values remains. The Portuguese have embraced contemporary life without ever quite getting rid of the more appealing aspects of previous centuries. Fully wired town centres have wi-fi hotspots and cell-phone shops by the score, but they also have a butcher, a baker and (quite literally) a candle-stick maker.
The legacy of Portugal’s former wealth and power can be seen in its historic cities – yet the capital, Lisbon, superbly sited on the Tejo river estuary, is as popular today for its lively clubbing scene as for its grand Manueline monuments and medieval alleyways. Lisbon features cinematic hillsides overlooking the Rio Tejo showcase Lisbon’s post-card perfect panorama. Cobbled alleyways, ancient ruins and white-domed cathedrals combine centuries worth of history into a city. This coastal city has a lively café culture and nightlife that is one of the most vibrant in Europe. Moreover, it is the only European capital located close to many sandy beaches, meaning your time there will feel more serene. Lisbon’s Tram 28 is renowned for being the longest of any tram in Lisbon, following a loop that passes popular hotspots such as the Almalfa district and the Castelo de Sao Jorge.
Another majestic landmark not worth missing while in Lisbon is the Jerónimos Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its Gothic architectural style from 15th Century European Renaissance.
Festivals pack Portugal’s calendar. Drink, dance and feast your way through Lisbon’s Festa de Santo Antonio or Porto’s Festa de Sao Joao.
Medieval castles, cobblestone villages, captivating cities and golden beaches: the Portugal experience can be many things. History, great food and idyllic scenery are just the beginning …
All our programs are designed to count for credit as electives. However, it is up to your university to decide whether they will approve some credit for your participation in one of our programs. Normally it is a course convenor, Head of Department or program convenor who approves your credit.
Your course convenors will not be able to approve credit for a course unless you have a copy of the syllabus so you should not visit your course convenor until you have received a copy of the course syllabus from AIM Overseas. You will receive the syllabus upon being assessed as eligible for the program.
You might be able to obtain the $6000+ OS-HELP loan, as well as a scholarship from your university, when participating in an AIM Overseas program.
Our programs are designed so that eligible Australian students can access the OS-HELP scheme, which can provide funding of over $6,000 for international study experiences.
We give you detailed information about OS-HELP and how to apply for it in your Initial Consultation with us, which we further outline in an email following your Initial Consultation.
Many Australian universities offer scholarships for their students to take part in overseas study programs. We will provide you information on scholarships that we are aware of at your university as part of your application/acceptance for a program. You can also check your university’s international office webpage to see what might be offered.
Applications are now open for this program. Early application is recommended as places are limited.
The application process for this program are as follows:
2. You’ll be prompted to send us a copy of your full academic results from your studies at university so far after submitting your application.
3. We’ll review your university results and application and, if you are eligible for the program, we will invite you to book an initial consultation by phone with one of our Student Experience Coordinators. You will also be sent the course syllabus with more program info.
4. You’ll pay our $55 application fee and book in your phone consultation at a suitable, available time with a Student Experience Coordinator.
5. The phone consultation lasts about 20-30 minutes and we’ll cover detailed information with you about credit, funding, the program, your application and what happens next.
6. After your consultation we’ll send you a follow-up email with instructions on what to do next, an invitation to join a program specific Facebook group to connect with other students applying for the program and a process document, which we have developed in conjunction with your Australian university, to guide you on how to apply for credit and funding.
7. Once you’ve completed the next steps in that follow-up email we’ll do a final review of your application. If all is in order, you’ll be accepted onto the program.
8. Upon acceptance, you will receive three emails containing your AIM Acceptance letter, steps for applying for credit and funding at your Australian University, as well as your downpayment invoice. Note: Your downpayment is due in two weeks from the date of your acceptance and secures your place on the program.
9. Once you’ve paid your downpayment, your application will be sent to the host university for them to process and review and they’ll send us your final official host university acceptance letter which we will send to you.
10. The full program fee (as shown on the website) minus the downpayment and application fee already paid, will be due at the absolute latest by 6th May 2019.
Programs are usually over-subscribed, so it is really important that you take care of things as quickly as possible. We’re here to help and will provide you with information and reminders about what you need to do at various stages.
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