Expand your skills in disaster response and conflicts resolutions

VIA Working in Contexts of Disaster or Conflict

Exchange

Are you interested in disaster response and conflict resolution in various contexts? Do you want to expand your skills in an international environment? Join Working in Contexts of Disaster or Conflict.

About the programme

  • Facts

    Title: Working in Contexts of Disaster or Conflict

    Duration of the programme: 1 Semester (30 ECTS)

    Programme duration: 1 February - 30 June

    Application deadline: Spring: 1 November

    Study location: Aarhus. Read more about Campus Aarhus C 

    Language: The programme is taught in English.

  • Structure and content

    The programme consists of two consecutive modules with a total of 30 ECTS.

    Exchange students and practitioners are invited to take a full semester consisting of two consecutive modules:

    1. Children and Families in the Aftermath of Disasters – Social Work Responses (Early February – mid April)
    2. Conflicts and Social Work (Mid April – end June)

    Both modules are aimed at students of Social Work and related professions, such as Nursing, Social Education, Teaching, Law, Human Resource Management, Public Management and Economics.

    The modules are offered to Bachelor’s Degree students and to practitioners with a particular interest in cross-national and cross-disciplinary approaches to disaster responses and to conflict resolution in various contexts.

    The modules

    1. Children and Families in the Aftermath of Disasters – Social Work Responses (15 ECTS)

    The module focuses on disasters and other local emergencies affecting children and families.
    Students expand their skills by learning about:

    • Drivers of disasters - short, medium and long term
    • Effects of disasters for people and their environments
    • Approaches to disaster intervention – contextual and legal
    • Types of responses to disasters

    Read more about Children and families in the aftermath of disasters
    The module of Children and families in the aftermath of disasters (pdf)

    2. Conflicts and Social Work (15 ECTS)

    People and communities served by social work are increasingly affected by conflicts caused by poverty, inequality, international crises and local disasters.

    Social workers and related professionals face conflicts when working with promoting social and economic equality, ensuring the dignity and worth of each person. And promoting wellbeing through sustainable human relationships and communities.

    The module gives students the opportunity to expand their skills by studying conflict perspectives, theories and concepts. With a focus on conflicts in various contexts, at various levels and in different cultures, the module gives students the opportunity to expand their skills and competencies by studying conflict perspectives, theories and cencepts. And by learning how to analyse conflict contexts and identify relevant models of conflict resolution.

    Read more about Conflicts and social work
    Read Description of the module Conflicts and social work (pdf)

    Exams

    Students hand in a written assignment of maximum 5 pages for each module. The topic of the assignment is chosen by the students themselves.

    The assignment is assessed by a teacher from the module. The basis of the assessment is how well the module learning goals have been fulfilled.

    International students will receive their grade for the assignment (and the transcript of records) by e-mail from the exam administration by mid-August.

  • Enrolment

    Working in Contexts of Disaster or Conflicts is for international and Danish students.

    The modules are aimed at students of Social Work and related professions, such as:

    • Nursing
    • Social Education
    • Teaching
    • Law
    • Human Resource Management
    • Public Management
    • Economics

    The modules are offered to bachelor’s students and to practitioners with a particular interest in cross-national and cross-disciplinary approaches to disaster responses and to conflict resolution in various contexts. 

    • Students at bachelor level must have completed their first year of study.
    • Students at master level and practitioners must have completed their first year of study at Bachelor level.
    • All students must be able to follow courses and complete exams in English (equivalent to level B2) upon arrival.
  • How to apply

    The application deadline is 1 November.

    Students from partner universities are advised to seek nomination from their home university prior to applying.

    Are you a student from a non-partner university?

    Students from other universities (without a bilateral partner agreement with VIA University College) are welcome to apply directly to The Department of Social Work in Aarhus for entry to the modules.

    We strongly recommend that you seek approval within your home university before applying for entry to the modules.

    Have you already graduated?

    Practitioners are welcome to apply directly to The Department of Social Work in Aarhus for entry to the modules.

    Please state in the application form that you are a practitioner and please attach documentation of your educational background.

    Get the application form

  • Fees and tuition

    Exchange students from institutions with a bilateral partner agreement pay no tuition fees.

    There is no tuition fee for students from universities with a bilateral partner agreement with VIA.

    The tuition fee for all other applicants is € 3.836 for a 30 ECTS semester.

  • Student counselling

    We are ready to help even before you apply.

    If you have any questions regarding Working in Contexts of Disaster and Conflicts in Aarhus please contact:

    International Administrative Coordinator

    Anne Mette Nystrøm

    E: amsj@via.dk

    T: +45 87 55 3406

  • Contact

    You are always welcome to contact us in case of questions.

    VIA University College
    Department of Social Work
    Ceresbyen 24
    DK- 8000 Aarhus C

    T: +45 87 55 34 29
    E: mhor@via.dk

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