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S50-5064/S55-5364: Refugee Empowerment, Physical Activity and Urban Development in Berlin, Germany (3 credits)
This course will be held on-location in Berlin, Germany during the first two weeks of June, 2018 (with preparatory sessions on-campus in April or May) and will be taught by Dr. Heather Cameron. Fifteen students will be selected for the course. The course is subsidized by the Brown School, but students will be expected to pay $1000. Airfare, housing, in-country transportation, and some meals are covered in the cost. Students are responsible for any meals or costs not noted here.
Course Domain Statement:
This course will build on the topics of Social Entrepreneurship, Social Innovation, and Social Work with the refugee and migrant population. The course is structured to introduce students to the responses and unfolding of the refugee influx to Germany, and challenges that the public health, social work, and urban development sectors face with regards to global population displacement. Students will have the opportunity to discuss with practitioners and policymakers about the challenges moving forward with regards to housing for refugees, providing adequate healthcare for refugees, creating cohesive and inclusive communities, and implementing strategies for overall integration of refugees. While in Berlin, students will have the opportunity to see a programmatic example of Sport for Social Development (S4SD), organizations that have used social innovation to educate and support refugees, and urban planning and development of housing of refugees through visiting emergency shelters and talking to QM organization staff members. Students will have the opportunity to understand the systems of the US and Germany within the course material prior to travel, immerse themselves in Berlin’s culture while also meeting with local stakeholders, and reflect upon the course, after departing Berlin, on what it means to be a social worker or public health professional in the United States. All the topics will be addressed from the perspective of gender and vulnerable populations, such as children and marginalized groups.
Description of Main Course Activities:
- Working with local partners, we will put together on-site visits, podium discussions, and several opportunities to talk with decision makers in social work and public health, including government agencies in Berlin
- Students will have the change to visit different places of interest in Berlin
- Selected students will have the opportunity to do an international practicum at Camp Group where they can spend the rest of the summer in Berlin after their time at the Institute
- Refugee intake center, such as Tempelhof
- Alice Solomon University that trains (social work) students to work with refugees
- Visit to an after school program for refugee children
- Visit to a policy maker/civil servant in Berlin Department of Urban Development
- Visit to Quartiersmanagement (local community development)
- Visit to Sports for Development organization (local - Seitenwechsel, and national – Integration durch Sport)
- Visit to a self organized refugee empowerment through sports group (Fluchtlinge Fussballliga)
- Visit to a public health for refugees facility, meet with PH workers from Tempelhof intake centre
- Visit to regional leader of one of the German Social Servie Agencies (Paritaische Verband)
- Discussion with a member of the Berlin House of Representatives or German Parliament (TBC)
- Cultural Events
- Tour of Berlin by boat with NGO leaders and students
- Visit to Government district
- BBQ with German students and NGO workers in park
In order to better understand the German social systems, students will choose from and research a topic and present their findings to the class. The topics all center on better understanding the context and institutions that are working in the United States and Germany in the field of social innovation, refugee empowerment, and sports. The key deliverables of this course are a paper and a presentation based on the aforementioned topic.
- Transdisciplinary problem solving: This course integrates concepts of social work, public health, and urban development. Subsequent to taking this class students will be able to integrate unique programmatic efforts to reduce public health problems (i.e. – global physical inactivity) and understand the public health impacts of pressing urban issues, such as refugee resettlement.
- Evidence-based public health: This course will emphasize the process of integrating science-based S4SD interventions to improve the health of certain populations. 2 Subsequent to taking this class, students will be able to identify an example of tailoring, translating and scaling up evidence-based interventions to practice and the process of evaluating health impact of social programs and services.
- Social and behavioral sciences: This course provides students with the opportunity to study a program’s effect on changing health behavior and resulting in improvement of the health of populations. Students will have the opportunity to engage with stakeholders that are involved in programmatic and policy efforts to improve refugee health and ensure overall health and wellness of Berlin residents. Students will also see the process of planning, implementation, and evaluation of programs, policies, and interventions that improve health.
- Diversity, culture, and health disparities: This course emphasizes programmatic efforts and policy development in response to the refugee crisis in Berlin, an urban social issue that many areas across the world are facing. Throughout this course, students will learn about tailored programs and strategies to the diverse cultural values and traditions of the refugees, and will further engage with the impact of population displacement and integration of diversity of cultures in public health policy and practice.
Triple or quadruple occupancy rooms for all students in a local hostel.
Eligibility:This course is open to all Brown students. Students must apply via this website and the deadline is October 16, 2017. If chosen, you will be required to enroll in the course for the spring.
Cost:The cost per student is $1000. This will cover flights from Chicago (students are responsible for getting to Chicago), housing, in-country transportation, and meals. Students are responsible for the costs of any meals or other expenses not noted.
For questions, please contact Tammy Orahood, Director of Global Programs, Brown School, at email@example.com.