SEOS is an interdisciplinary 2-year joint Master‘s programme (120 ECTS) fully delivered in English. It is offered by 8 world-class European universities, pooling their complementary and internationally renowned expertise in engaged research on superdiversity:
The 8 universities are partners in the European university alliance UNIC („European University of Cities in Post-Industrial Transition").
European societies are characterized by complex processes of diversification, which are accompanied by fundamental changes in education, organisations and society. SEOS innovatively responds to these complex transformations: SEOS students explore the impact superdiversity has on education, organisations and the wider society and develop reflexive and co-creative capacities to analyse and shape the transition to an inclusive, productive and sustainable future of Europe’s superdiverse societies.
The SEOS Master‘s is unique in its interdisciplinary and intersectional approach to superdiversity, encompassing three key disciplinary perspectives: educational sciences, social sciences and organisational and management research. Over the course of the programme, SEOS students explore state-of-the-art knowledge and methodologies on superdiversity and related concepts like inclusion, engage with multidisciplinary approaches and ultimately become experts in one of the three disciplinary fields education, organisations and society. A superdiversity lens captures the growing social complexity of diversity, which challenges simplified ways of thinking about diversity (such as along clear ethnic or gender group-lines).
SEOS offers a truly European learning experience with an innovative hybrid learning architecture combining physical and virtual mobility. Another key feature of SEOS is its engagement with the broader urban post-industrial context of all eight partner universities. SEOS students will be provided with transdisciplinary opportunities to engage with local stakeholders across Europe in order to identify and co-create solutions to contemporary challenges related to superdiversity, discrimination and exclusion.
SEOS students will explore the impact superdiversity has on education, organisations and the wider society. They will develop capacities to critically analyse complex processes of diversification and collaboratively create a European future that promotes justice and rights-based perspectives through inclusive practice. SEOS aims to equip the next generation of citizens with the 21st-century skills and knowledge needed to address the challenges of superdiverse societies.
Graduates of the programme:
The SEOS Joint Master Programme is offered annually and comprises four (4) semesters, delivered over 2 years (24 months) in a research-led curriculum.
During these two years, you will encounter different cultures, languages, and distinct learning environments, and profit from cutting-edge expertise from each of the eight universities.
The focus of the curriculum is superdiversity as an increasing social complexity of diversity in contemporary societies with a growing acknowledgement of the intersectionality of social categories like ethnicity; race; gender; sexuality; culture; religion; disability; social, economic and legal status; and many other aspects especially in a context of widening global social and economic inequality, mounting environmental crises including biodiversity collapse and climate change, and resource shortages necessary for social and economic transitions.
• SEOS students will explore the impact superdiversity has on education, organisations and the wider society and develop capacities to reflexively and co-creatively contribute to transitions to a future of inclusive, productive and sustainable European societies.
• The programme combines different disciplines, educational approaches, and outstanding facilities in a comprehensive and value-adding way, based on the specific strengths of each Partner University in the relevant fields.
• SEOS combines virtual and physical mobility options, responding to the heterogeneous expectations of a superdiverse, transnational and climate-conscious 21st-century student body.
• Learning, teaching, and research are interconnected, mutually enriching, and learner-centred, and your student journey will be well organised from an administrative point of view, so that you will benefit from tailor-made flexibility, clear guidance and transparent processes.
Over the course of four semesters, successive stages of learning (fundamentals, multidisciplinary perspectives, in-depth studies, master thesis) are achieved by the SEOS students.