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This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This web site reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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Refugees Initiative

MA Programme in "Refugee Care"

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INSTITUTION RESPONSIBLE FOR THE INITIATIVE

University of Essex

COUNTRY

United Kingdom

CITY

Colchester

Address

Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3SQ

TYPOLOGY

- Intercultural competences activities for staff
- University policies on access to higher education

TARGET GROUPS

- Refugees of second generation
- Students
- University staff (academic and administrative)

DESCRIPTION AND METHODOLOGIES

The MA Programme brings together people from diverse walks of life and parts of the globe to explore how we can care for refugees more effectively. Through lively seminar discussion the MA Programme unpacks refugee experiences as multi-dimensional and complex, and explore psychosocial perspectives and different types of intervention and activism.

Using an innovative twin-site programme, the course staff members are made up from the multidisciplinary practitioner expertise of the Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies Department and the therapeutic provision of the Tavistock and Portman Clinic.

Students often come with a wealth of voluntary and professional experience in fields such as education, psychology, therapy, medicine, nursing, social work, human rights, law, politics, philosophy, art, literature and media studies. People with an interest in working directly with refugees, asylum seekers or other involuntarily dislocated groups of people, or conducting conceptual or empirical research in this area, are also welcome.

RESULTS AND IMPACT

Through the MA Programme, students gain skills in challenging negative and limiting stereotypes of asylum seekers and refugees as traumatised, passive recipients of help.

They also gain new insight into effective humanitarian work with refugees and have a special opportunity to visit an Asylum Tribunal and learn from judges about how the UK asylum system operates.

This MA course is closely associated with Centre for Trauma Asylum and Refugees.