Working in Context of Conflict and Disaster

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 Conflicts and Disaster.

Type

Exchange

Duration

1 semester (30 ECTS)

Campus city

Aarhus C 

Study start

February 

About the Context of Conflict and Disaster exchange programme

  • Application deadline:

     Spring: 1 November 

    Language:

    The programme is taught in English

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

    Conflicts and Social Work (Early February –mid April)
    Children and Families in the Aftermath of Disasters – Social Work Responses (Mid April – end June)
    Both modules are aimed at students of Social Work and related professions, such as Nursing, Social Educa-tion, 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. 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 hu-man 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 concepts. And by learning how to analyse conflict contexts and identify relevant models of conflict resolution.

    Read more about Conflicts and social work

    2. 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 about Children and families in the aftermath of disasters

    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.

  • The minimum requirement to apply for the course, is to have passed the first two semesters at bachelor’s level at your relevant university or another institute of higher education.

    With regards to language proficiency, it is required to have an English level, spoken and written, equivalent to B2, according to the Common European Framework.

    Who can apply?

    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 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.

    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.

  • Your home institution must have an inter-institutional agreement with VIA University College in order for you to be able to apply for an exchange programme at VIA.

    If an agreement exists, you will be able to fill in the application form. Please be aware that VIA must receive a nomination from your home institution as well.

    Go to the application portal to apply now

  • Exchange students do not pay tuition fees.

    Per definition, exchange stays are an exchange of one or more students between partner universities and therefore, exchange students do not pay tuition fees.

    If you do not know, if your institution is a partner of VIA, please contact the international office at your home institution. If your institution is not a partner of VIA and you would like us to discuss the possibility of establishing an exchange agreement with your home institution, please contact us at bell@via.dk.

  • Student Counselling 

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

    International Administrative Coordinator

    Anne Mette Nystrøm

    E: amsj@via.dk

    T: +45 87 55 34 06

    Contact VIA

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

    T: +45 87 55 34 06
    E: amsj@via.dk

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