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Refugees and forced mass migration

What will I learn in the interprofessional course?

On all interprofessional courses the core learning objective is collaboration where you bring your professionalism and experience into play in the joint work process.
Therefore, you work together in a team with students from different educational programmes with the aim of learning about, with and from each other. You will train team collaboration where you will distribute and coordinate tasks, roles and responsibilities and bring each others’ skills into play in joint task solutions, i.e. by leading team meetings and giving each other feedback.

How do we train and practice collaboration?

Real life examples of interprofessional collaboration in mass population forced migration situations will be the starting point of discussions on how relevant theory and guidelines can be used to develop new collaboration practices to improve humanitarian response and improve its quality. The students’ different backgrounds will give different approaches to the challenges presented and this diversity is the foundation of innovation in the course.

The students will work in teams with the challenges and thereby practice interprofessional collaboration. Lectures, guest presentations and team discussions as well as written reflection will facilitate the learning process and the development of solutions on how to respond to the needs of the target population.
Central aspects are how the different professions, organisations and sectors collaborate about the different issues, such as camp management and coordination, shelter and areas of needs in the displaced population.

Forced mass migration situations most often imply that both the affected population and the professionals involved are from different cultures. Hence, the students will also have to reflect on how to be cultural sensitive in their work and how to include the target group the best possible way.

Why collaborate about the subject?

Mass population forced migration situations entails significant human suffering due to the lack of basic needs such as shelter, clean water, proper nutrition, health services, education and functioning social structures. Situations with many people forced at the same place and the same time can be in Denmark, but are presently in most cases found in settings outside Northern Europe.

In order to respond to the urgent needs of the displaced population, it is crucial with timely and interprofessional delivery of basic services. Seamless interaction between professionals, organisations and sectors is desirable to meet this end and it is the aim of this course. No single profession alone will be able to provide services and support needs. It will also be important to find ways to include the target groups in finding possible solutions and making it happen.

Whom will I work with in this course?