Urban Refugees in the Humanitarian System
Lessons Learned’s flagship course ‘The Day My Life Froze’: Urban Refugees in the Humanitarian System is a two-day professional development course structured around an intensive in-class educational simulation. The course re-centres the human subjects of humanitarianism in the minds of current and prospective humanitarian workers.
What will I learn?
Participants learn to map the goals and motivations of a wide range of stakeholders in humanitarian crises. You will explore the social, political, and economic dynamics which arise from the interplay between these stakeholders. The course acts as a bridge between cutting-edge academic theory, critical “red teaming” approaches, and humanitarian practice.
In completing this course, participants will be able to…
- Demonstrate an understanding of the social and political dynamics of urban refugee response scenarios and the systems which underlie those dynamics.
- Map motivations and goals of multiple stakeholders in urban refugee response, including those of refugees.
- Describe and predict possible breakdowns in humanitarian response by discussing past examples.
- Critically but constructively engage with humanitarian work in general and their own work in particular, in order to improve the quality of humanitarian intervention.
- Communicate possible motivations and goals of people experiencing displacement, and contrast them with humanitarian assumptions.
Who should take this course?
This course is geared towards current and prospective humanitarian workers, graduate students, government workers and other donor staff. Other interested parties are welcome to apply.
Who designed this course?
Course designer and instructor Matthew Stevens has worked with refugees and migrants globally since 2008, from downtown Cairo to the Peruvian Amazon. Most recently, he served as Country Director for an INGO in Amman, Jordan, delivering online higher education to displaced youth.
Lessons Learned courses are built around rigorously designed educational simulations, adapted from the “IN-Simulation” methodology developed by Prof. Natasha Gill (TRACK4) and the innovative simulation-based teaching methodologies of Prof. Rex Brynen at McGill University.
Want to Know More?
If you are interested in learning more about The Day My Life Froze, or if you want to book your own session of this course, you can email the LLST Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.