Working in the Context of Disaster and Conflict

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

About the course
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

More information and application can be found on our English website

Practical information
The course fee does not include food or accommodation expenses.
You are always welcome to contact us if you have any questions

VIA Summer School
Project Manager
Anna Kronborg Bell
T: +45 87 55 15 05


Subject: Working in context of Disaster and Conflict

Duration: 2 weeks

Dates: 5 August – 16 August 2019

Language: English

Credits: 5 ECTS

Academic level: BA level

Prerequisites: Students must be enrolled in studies at bachelor level or above.

Course fee:

  • EU citizens = 700 EUR
  • Non-EU citizens = 970 EUR

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.

Application deadline: 1 May, 2019

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

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