Working in context of disaster or conflicts

Gain insight and knowledge on working with people and communities in the context(s) of conflict and disaster

Working in the Context of Disaster and Conflict 

Summer School

The course aims to expand students’ knowledge about drivers of disaster and conflict and offers different approaches such as community resilience work and conflict mediation in working in context(s) of disaster and conflict 

About the programme

  • Facts and information

    Subject: Working in context of Disaster and Conflict

    Duration: 2 weeks

    Dates: 5 August - 16 August 

    Language: English

    Credits: 5 ECTS

    Academic level: Bachelor level

    Prerequisites: Students must be enrolled in studies at bachelor level or above. Students must be at least 18 years old to apply.

    Maximum enrolment: Maximum 30 participants. If there are more eligible applicants than available places, they will be distributed on a first-come, first served basis.

    Housing: VIA Summer School offers housing service. Read more here.

    Application deadline: 1 May, 2019, however courses with available places will remain open for application until June 15.

    Location:  VIA University College, Aarhus City Campus, Aarhus Denmark.

  • Content

    In this course, you will get an overall insight into social work with people and communities in the context of disaster and conflict


    People and communities served by social work are increasingly affected by disasters and conflicts.

    Social workers and other professionals face both known as well as unknown and new challenges in the aftermath of disaster and in the midst of conflict. Students are presented with a theoretical framework for understanding drivers of disaster and conflict.

    The course gives students the opportunity to expand their knowledge about drivers of disaster, psycho-social work with people in the aftermath of disaster and conflict, skills in mediation and knowledge about methods to work with resilience on a local community level as well as on an inter-relational level. With focus on disaster and conflicts in various contexts, at various levels, the module gives students the opportunity to expand their skills and competencies by studying disaster and conflict perspectives, theories and concepts. And, by learning how to analyse disaster and conflict contexts and identify relevant models of conflict resolution.

    Learning outcomes

    Students gain knowledge about the drivers of disaster and conflict on both micro, meso and macro level.
    Students can identify vulnerability and capacity on different levels.
    Students can state and define a disaster or conflict context.
    Students can analyze and identify capacities in post disaster and post conflict contexts on micro and meso level with reference to theory of social capital.


    Students train and perform skills in mediation.
    Students produce and present poster at final mini-conference.

    Students train their analytical competencies by using the theoretical framework of the course on a relevant and defined topic within the frame of the course.

    Teaching and exam

    Lectures in class as well as out of class (flipped classroom) and group work. Students will be expected to prepare on a topic in advance of the course.

    Exam: Group posters.

    The course is assessed pass/fail by 2 lecturers from the course. The assessment is based on:

    The knowledge displayed in the poster
    The verbal presentation of the poster
    The group evaluation of their own work

    Assessment criteria

    Structure and organisation of poster/oral presentation
    Clear definition of topic
    Clear definition of disaster or conflict
    Transparent methodology linked to course context
    Stating theoretical foundation and linking these to practice.
    Visual enhancement to assist in communication
    Verbal delivery: clarity and coherence

    Useful checklist for assessing a poster

  • Tuition and fees

    Accommodation, meals, insurance, visa and travelling expenses are not included in the fee

    EU-citizens = 700 EUR (app. 5230 DKK)

    Non-EU citizens = 970 EUR (app. 7240 DKK)


    Please contact VIA Summer School to learn more about possibilities for discounts on this course.

    Course fee includes

    Classes and tuition
    Social programme including welcome and farewell events (we organise 2-3 events pr. week)
    Goodie bag with a map of Aarhus, a water bottle and a pen
    Personalised graduation certificate

    Accommodation, meals (food and drink), insurance, visa and travelling expenses to and from Denmark are not included in the fee.

    VIA Summer School offers housing service. Read more here.

    This course is offered under the act of Danish Open University.

  • Contact

    You are always welcome to contact us for further information

    Use this form or contact us via the details below

    VIA University College

    Anna Kronborg Bell

    Project Manager

    VIA Summer School

    +45 87551505