Socialisation with Emphasis on Migration and intercultural Education

In teaching and research, the department deals with socialisation and education under conditions of migration as well as cultural, linguistic and social heterogeneity. Main research focuses are the reconstruction of educational and occupational biographies as well as the intercultural comparison of gender relations and generation relations and changes in them.  The focus is primarily on family socialisation conditions. In this connection, we are interested in both child rearing concepts and practices in immigrant families and the way in which professional educators deal with these concepts and practices in educational institutions, as well as their interconnections and reciprocal effects. In addition, we also conduct international comparative analyses of family and extra-familial conditions for promotion of integration in the sense of equal opportunities for self-realization and participation. 

The results lead to reflection and refinement of approaches and concepts in education, for example, intercultural work with parents and families, extracurricular activities, integration and migration activities in municipalities and associations, intercultural and gender-appropriate continuing education or diversity-oriented consulting. In terms of theory and methodology, the department is developing an intersectional and multidimensional understanding of socialisation, migration and intercultural education. Hence, migration and interculturality are contemplated distinctly and concretely in connection with gender, age / generation and environment, disability, and much more. 

Courses are offered both in the bachelor's degree program in social work and in various master’s degree programs. The department is responsible for the bachelor’s module “Educational Science (FG and Psychological) Foundations of Social Work” and the master’s module “Social Educational Theory and the School: Dealing with Heterogeneity“. Teaching revolves around conveying and reflecting on foundational and practically oriented knowledge about intercultural education and child rearing and issues in educational and socialization theory pertaining to migration and diversity. 

The transfer of theory to practice is another important component of the department. Among other things, this includes the periodic holding of professional forums at the University of Kassel, academic support for processes of intercultural opening and competence development, and work on the executive board of an extracurricular educational association for children with a migration background.