La­bour Policies and Glob­al­isa­tion (Ma)

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Since 2004 the Global Labour University (GLU) network has offered this Master programme on sustainable development, social justice, international labour standards, trade unions, economic policies and global institutions. This unique global programme is jointly developed by universities and workers organisations from around the world.

It aims at candidates with experience in labour and social movements willing to assist organisations in these fields in engaging more effectively in social dialogue, public debate, and policy implementation. Participants will analyse and discuss the challenges of globalisation from a labour and trade union perspective in a multidisciplinary context. The programme offers a multicultural and multiregional environment with students and lecturers from developing, transition and industrialised countries.

The programme is a one year joint degree programme of the University of Kassel and the Berlin School of Economics. For the intake 2019/20 the programme will entirely take place at the University of Kassel. Participants also have the possibility to pursue a double degree with the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Additionally there is the possibility of doing an exchange semesters at the GLU programme in Brazil or India. Women are strongly encouraged to participate. 

The Global Labour University is a unique programme and supported by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the Hans-Boeckler-Stiftung (HBS), the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) and various Global Union Federations. The programme maintains and facilitates close contact and exchange with various trade union organisations and experts, which exceeds the regular academic curriculum of a master study programme. The participation in the programme requires an own contribution of 1500,-€.


Ge­­ne­ral pro­­­gram­­me in­­­­­for­­ma­­ti­on

Mas­ter's pro­gramme: Labour Policies and Globalisation


Final degree: Master of Arts


Beginning of study: Winter semester


Language of instruction: English


Period of study: 2 semesters

Non-consecutive pogramme, joint degree. The second semester will take place in Berlin or Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.
For the intake 2019/20 the programme will entirely take place at the University of Kassel.


Integrated internship: 6-week internship during the study period


Ad­mis­sion re­quire­ments

Bachelor degree or equivalent in economics, law, pedagogy or social sciences;

  • A total of 240 acquired ECTS credits. In case you have earned less than 240 credits during your BA studies, it is still possible to get admitted to our programme. The admission will then be conditional on completing the missing credits during your MA studies by completing more courses or extending your studies by one or two semesters;
  • Knowledge of English language - equivalent to level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF). If you choose to apply for the Double-Degree Programme with the University of Witwatersrand, please note that you need to have a C1* level of English language proficiency (*You need to have a C1 certificate according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF)). For the initial application B2 is sufficient but you have to have C1 before starting the semester in South Africa.
  • Advanced knowledge on issues of labour relations and at least one year of practical experience in the representation of workers' interests.
  • A motivation letter (maximum 3 pages long) covering the following questions:
    • How are your previous qualifications and your prospective professional aims and aspirations related to the Labour Policies and Globalisation programme?
    • What is your experience and knowledge in the field of labour relations?
    • Which challenges do you see for trade union work in the context of a globalised economy?

Exceptions to the eligibility criteria are decided by the Audit Committee. 


Fur­ther In­­­for­ma­ti­on


Ap­plic­a­tion pro­ced­ure

Ap­plic­a­tion with a de­gree earned in Ger­many

Please apply for this course via the online application portal for master’s degree courses at the University of Kassel.

Ap­plic­a­tion period

15 May 2020 - 1 September 2020

Please enclose the following documents with your official application after you have completed and signed it: 

  If you already have a bachelor’s degree:

  1. A copy of your university degree (German degree, bachelor’s degree or the specialist equivalent); there is no need to have the copy certified.
  2. A complete summary of subjects and grades (transcript of records).
  3. Evidence of an adequate knowledge of English at B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
  4. Send a letter explaining your reasons for choosing the course; this may not be longer than 3 pages. You will find more detailed information on the content from the Entry requirements section on this site. 

 

If you do not yet have a bachelor’s degree:

  1. An interim summary of subjects and grades (transcript of records) from your current course.   
  2. Written confirmation of your progress in your course, completed and signed by your current examinations office.
  3. Evidence of an adequate knowledge of English at B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
  4. Send a letter explaining your reasons for choosing the course; this may not be longer than 3 pages. You will find more detailed information on the content from the Entry requirements section on this site. 

    You must have already completed and passed at least 80% of the work required for your degree by the time you submit your application. This is the equivalent of 144 of 180 credits or 168 of 210 credits. You must also provide evidence of your acceptance for a dissertation (please specify the submission deadline). 

Please note that your documents will only be processed if your application is complete and has been received on time.   

  1. Complete the application form online. You may only specify one choice of course on each application! If you are interested in several courses, you must complete the online application form separately for each one.   
  2. After completing the application, you will be asked to print it and sign it.  
  3. Please print a second copy for your own records. 
  4. Attach the necessary documentation to your application (see “Which documents do I need for my application?”). Please note that your documents will only be processed if your application is complete and has been received on time.
  5. Send your application and the documentation to the registrar’s office by post or hand them in personally within the application deadline specified on this site. Please send your documents by post to: 

    Universität Kassel
    - Studierendensekretariat -
    34109 Kassel

Please note: the date on which the documents arrive at the University of Kassel determines whether they have arrived on time or not.

>> This takes you to the online application portal

  1. As soon as your application has been received, you will receive a digital acknowledgement of receipt.  
  2. The e-mail also contains information about logging into the application portal. You will need your applicant’s number for this.  
  3. Your application will then be checked to see whether it is complete and correct in formal terms. If any documents are missing, you will be informed of this by e-mail. So please check the spam filter in your mail programme too.  
  4. If your documents are complete, your application will be passed on to the examination board for the master’s degree course. It will check the contents of your application. The examination board will decide whether your qualifications match the requirements and whether to recognise your achievements in the past; it will make a decision to admit or reject you and may also set other content-related conditions.
  5. If the examination board does not have all the documents for its specialist review, the master’s degree office will send you an e-mail to inform you of this.
  6. The decision taken by the examination board will be passed on to the master’s degree office digitally.

The assessment and enrolment procedure described here may take up to 6 weeks during the peak phase of the application process! Please refrain for making any enquiries about your application during this time.

  1. You will receive an automatically generated acceptance mail. The e-mail contains important information about the introductory courses. 
  2. You will be enrolled for the master’s degree course. Following the enrolment, you will be sent the confirmation of acceptance for studies with further information on any documents that might be missing, any content-related conditions needing to be met and payment of the semester fees in the post. Please note the deadlines for submitting the documents and paying the semester fees.  
  3.  If you have been accepted for several master’s degree courses, you will be enrolled for all of them. The enrolment can be cancelled provided that you apply to withdraw from one or several master’s degree courses by the start of the semester.
  4. The assessment and enrolment procedure described here may take up to 6 weeks during the peak phase of the application process! Please refrain for making any enquiries about your application during this time.
  5. Introductory events will take place before you start your studies. The key questions on the structure of your course will be answered there. There are tips and information about the organisation and course of studies. And you will get to know your fellow-students too: so do not miss out!

Ap­p­li­ca­ti­on with a de­­gree ear­ned out­s­ide Ger­­ma­ny

If you pursued your Bachelor degree at a university outside Germany, you need to apply via uni-assist. uni-assist will pre-evaluate your application on behalf of the University of Kassel and inform you if further documents are required. 

Ap­p­­li­­ca­­ti­on pe­­ri­od

1 December 2019 - 15 May 2020

1. Visit the website of uni-assist and register as applicant.

2. Fill in and upload the application form on the website of uni-assist.

3. Print the application form, sign it and send a scanned copy to GLU Kassel (glu.germany@uni-kassel.de) along with scanned copies of the following documents for a preliminary assessment:

 

  • Application form;
  • Statement of objectives/Motivation letter;
  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Research topic(s);
  • Letter of recommendation from a trade union;
  • All certificates proving the required command of the English language;
  • Your certificates of studies and completion of studies listing all subjects and grades (translated in German or English);
  • Certificates of previous professional/vocational experience, if applicable;

After the preliminary assessment additional documents are required for a successful evaluation of your application. Therefore, please make sure to have the following documents at hand once you are requested to hand them in:

  • Your secondary school leaving certificate in its original language, including a listing of all subjects and grades;
  • Your university entrance examination certificate listing all subjects and grades in its original language;
  • Translation of your documents, if the language of the mentioned certificates is not German or English. You are advised to contact the embassy or consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany on this matter.
  • Applicants from China, Mongolia and Vietnam have to provide a successful APS test for their application to be considered. 

Incomplete applications always cause a big delay in the admission process and will endanger the timely application for a visa.
 

4. The Academic Board of the programme will hold the preliminary assessment in mid-February and will thereafter recommend to qualified candidates to proceed with the application via uni-assist. You will be informed about the result of your preliminary assessment via email.

If you do not get a recommendation it is very unlikely that you will get admitted to the programme.
 

5. If you received a recommendation from the Academic Board please follow the instructions given in the recommendation email and proceed to Step 2 on this website. 

The Academic Board recommended your admission. Your application now needs to be examined with regard to the formal aptitude. uni-assist also checks whether your application is complete. Therefore, please proceed as follows:

1. If you have received a recommendation pay the application fee to uni-assist. Detailed  information on how to transfer the application fee are available here: http://www.uni-assist.de/online-application.html. Applicants who underwent the preliminary assessment by the Academic Board and received a recommendation will get the application fee of 75€ reimbursed.  
 

2. Send all required documents as a hard copy to uni-assist. The application has to include the  following documents:

  • Application form (signed)
  • Statement of objectives/Motivation letter 
  • Curriculum Vitae 
  • Research topic(s) 
  • Letter of recommendation from a trade union 
  • All certificates proving the required command of the English language 
  • If you participated in the preliminary assessment: A copy of the result of your preliminary assessment. 

 as officially authenticated copies:

  • Your secondary school leaving certificate in its original language, including a listing of  all subjects and grades; 
  • Your university entrance examination certificate listing all subjects and grades in its  original language; 
  • Your certificates of studies and completion of studies listing all subjects and grades in its  original language; 
  • Translations of your documents, if the language of the mentioned certificates is not German or English. You are advised to contact the embassy or consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany on  this matter; 
  • Certificates of previous professional/vocational experience, if applicable; 
  • Applicants from China, Mongolia and Vietnam have to provide a successful APS test for their  application to be considered.

Official documents have to be submitted as officially certified copies. Information on standard official authentication is available here: http://www.uni-assist.de/standards_en.html.  
 

3. Follow up the communication with uni-assist (check also the spam folder of your email  account!) and hand in any missing documents promptly on uni-assist’s request. 
 

4. Forward all uni-assist emails to the GLU coordinator (glu.germany@uni-kassel.de), so assistance can be provided if needed. 

In case of approval, applicants will receive a letter of admission from the University of Kassel after successfully passing the preliminary assessment and the uni-assist evaluation of your previous studies. The admission will first be send to you via email and then via airmail. You are kindly asked to
 

  1. confirm the admission at short notice.
     
  2. make sure that the notification of admission can be delivered to the address you entered on the application form.
     
  3. make sure that your email account is valid during the application process in case the University of Kassel needs to contact you.
     
  4. follow the instruction mentioned in the letter of admission for a successful enrolment.
     

If you do not pass the preliminary assessment, you may still apply via uni-assist but it is very unlikely that you will get admitted to the programme. You will be informed about the refusal by the student admissions office of the University of Kassel.