Building on its 20 years of expertise developing teaching and learning programmes, CENDEP (Centre for Development and Emergency Practice) at Oxford Brookes University offers a three module entirely online Postgraduate Certificate designed specifically for practitioners and field workers. This programme tackles the newest and most innovative developments regarding cross-cutting issues such as conflict sensitivity and transformation, culture sensitivity, and participation or urban crises and resilience.
It uses multiculturalism as a teaching tool and as a means of creating more practical and theoretical knowledge about humanitarian action. Creating a space for a true dialogue between different understandings is undoubtedly one of the main challenges of the humanitarian community and of higher education institutions teaching Humanitarianism.
The course is taking the workplace as the main learning environment and allows students from all over the world, involved in humanitarian actions, to engage with a global community of learners and tutors in discussion, conceptualisation and practice based exercises about humanitarian issues in conflict or turbulent environments.
The Student Experience
The weekly student workload is evaluated at around 15 hours which includes reading material, working on the different assignments and communicating with peers and tutors; assessing and applying new learning directly at the field level and reflecting on their application in practice (this does not constitute an extra workload but another way of learning by doing). Tutors bring a large range of different experiences coming from different work-based, geographical and institutional environments within the NGO sector, academia and civil services.
Every week new material is loaded onto Brookes’ Virtual Learning Environment. This material includes readings, audio or video materials and themes for discussions. Assignments are given two weeks before the beginning of each module in order to allow learners to organise themselves accordingly to be able to meet deadlines. Tutors are available to guide learners either as a group or individually. The building of a real community on the web is a key element of the success of a strictly online programme. At the start of the programme, time is spent getting to know each other, knowing and sharing objectives, expectations and experience.
The programme is open to all candidates who fulfil at least one of the following conditions: hold a good honours degree in a relevant discipline and some experience in the field of humanitarian action; hold a relevant recognised diploma or professional qualification; hold no prior diploma but have substantial and proven field experiences in humanitarian action and related fields.
Recipient: Oxford Brookes University
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