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Practising Human Rights in Urban Areas, Certificate

  • Application Deadline
  • 14 days
    Duration
Amsterdam, Netherlands
In this practice oriented, Amsterdam-based summer course with an international perspective, you will learn strategies and skills to work with groups that are in a challenging human rights situation. How? By using creative methods, a positive approach (capabilities approach), and by learning by doing in practice.

About

  • During the two-week summer course, you will work on human rights challenges faced by the city of Amsterdam, especially concerning groups in challenging human rights situations. Examples of such challenged groups are refugees, people living in poverty, the LGBT-community, migrants and sex workers.
  • Learning by doing is central to this summer course. Therefore you will be informed by (theoretical) introductions to the central themes and different approaches. This will be combined with visits to the neighbourhoods of Amsterdam to work with experienced practitioners and, most importantly, challenged groups.
  • This ‘field lab’ experience of community-based research will provide you with the tools necessary to develop skills and strategies to empower the challenged groups. In addition, you will receive support from experts on the themes of the summer course.
  • By actively participating in interactive and integrative field labs, you will work, learn and develop skills in practice. During the summer course, lecturers and field coaches will create an environment in which students inspire each other and get inspired by relevant stakeholders in the field of human rights.
  • These stakeholders can be representatives of NGO’s, hands-on practitioners, experienced and inspiring lecturers, experts and the challenged groups. The experiences you collect during the two weeks will be integrated in a creative (group) presentation of a human rights related empowerment strategy for a specific challenged group. Each student will present the underlying theory of their presentation in a short, written (individual) research report.

Learning objectives:

  • Extend your knowledge of urban issues, the ethics of human freedom, human rights advocacy strategies and groups in challenging human rights situations in urban contexts; 
  • Acquire skills to work with challenged groups from a human rights perspective, by using creative methods; 
  • Develop critical and creative thinking, learn about cultural awareness tools and develop the skills to apply them; 
  • Experience working in an urban environment (Amsterdam as laboratory) with an interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary and multicultural team; 
  • Learn how to set up community-based research, and acquire the skills for developing a strategy to empower challenged groups from a strength perspective. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • Deadline for application without a guarantee on housing: 1 June 2019
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 14 days
  • Credits
    3 ECTS

    6 ECTS - Extended Version

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • Each field lab day will start with a briefing and end with a debriefing, both focusing on content, context and process. In the meantime you will be working in practice. You will do this together with your fellow students, groups in a challenging human rights situation, lecturers and field coaches.
  • During the course, you will prepare a creative production to showcase the skills you have acquired during your two weeks in Amsterdam. Your audience will consist of your fellow students, the field coaches, practitioners, lecturers and the challenged groups you have been working with during your stay in Amsterdam.

The course subjects are:

  • Human Rights Law
  • Ethics of Human Freedom (Capabilities Approach)
  • Community-based Research
  • Community Arts

Audience

The course is relevant for students with various backgrounds, from social work to business. Please note that the course requires full and active participation, social interaction with people inside and outside the course is an important part of the program.

Lecturers

  • Dr. Jeroen Gradener MSC (AUAS, Social Work, Amsterdam)
  • Elisabeth Gronning MA (HIOA, Social Sciences and Aesthetics, Oslo)
  • Lubna Medema-Baroud L.LM E.Ma (AUAS, Law/Human Rights, Amsterdam)

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • The course is open to 3rd or 4th year undergraduate students and graduate students. 
  • The course is relevant for students with various backgrounds, from social work to business. Please note that the course requires full and active participation, social interaction with people inside and outside the course is an important part of the program.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    650 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 650 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 14 days.
  • EU/EEA

    650 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 650 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 14 days.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

€ 850.00 – for 6 ECTS (including extra assignment)

€ 50.00 - Early bird discount (apply before 15 April

Living costs for Amsterdam

  • 1000 - 1500 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

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