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Practising Human Rights in Urban Areas

Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

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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 and migrants.

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 creative methods 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 stakeholders in the field of human rights.

These stakeholders are 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. You will present the underlying theory of the production in a short, written (individual) research repor

Location Amsterdam, Netherlands
6 Jul 2020 - 17 Jul 2020
level Bachelor / Undergraduate
Credits 3.0 ECTS
Program fee 695 EUR
Accommodation fee 420 EUR
Extra information about the fee:
There is a discount of €50 for early bird (apply before 1 April) and for students coming from a partner university or students of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. Housing costs are €420 for a double room and €465 for a single room. Apply before 1 May 2020 to be guaranteed of housing.
Application deadline 1 May 2020
Entry requirements:
The course is open to 3rd or 4th year undergraduate students and graduate students. Students who don’t meet this requirements can still be accepted based on motivation or experience. A sufficient English level is required.

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
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