23 May 2011: Professor Rainer Schulze to visit Yerevan State University, Armenia

Professor Rainer Schulze to visit Yerevan State University, Armenia, from 24 May to 1 June.

Professor Schulze's visit will involve a comprehensive review of the academic plan for the new EU Regional Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation in Armenia, Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine, due to to start in the autumn of 2011. This new MA programme will be implemented by Yerevan State University’s Centre for European Studies (CES) in partnership with three other universities: Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (Ukraine), Belarusian State University (Belarus), University of European Political and Economic Studies (Moldova).

During his visit, Professor Schulze will consult with the CES staff who are helping design and implement the new degree in group and one-on-one meetings on Thursday and Friday, 26 and 27 May. On Saturday, 28 May, he will host an intensive training for the local lecturers who will be teaching on the new MA. This training will focus on implementing western best practices in human rights and democratization higher education, including developing professional and in-depth syllabi, structuring subject matter, assigning appropriate literature and identifying and articulating specific learning outcomes for each course. He will also address western standards of academic honesty and how lecturers can help their students avoid plagiarism and conduct respectable graduate level academic research at the standard expected by western academic institutions.

As part of his visit, Professor Schulze will also deliver a lecture/seminar on the Kurdish Question as part of an MA module "The Theory and Practice of Intergroup Conflict Transformation in Europe" and will give a University-wide guest lecture on Forced Migrations after the Second World War.

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