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5 free online courses on refugee rights, protection and migration

International migrations: a global issue

International migrations: a global issue is an online course offered by the Istitut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris in France. The class lasts for nine weeks and requires roughly two hours of study time per week. Course material is presented in the form of videos including subtitles and supplemental reading materials. Seven modules are included in the syllabus: Globalization of migration; Refugees and environmentally displaced persons; Europe; France and international migration flows; Citizenship and migration; Borders; and the Right to mobility and global governance. An entry-level course, the class requires no previous knowledge on the subject of immigration and migration.

Working Supportively With Refugees: Principles, Skills and Perspectives

Working Supportively With Refugees: Principles, Skills and Perspectives is an online course offered by the University of Glasgow in the United Kingdom. The class lasts for three weeks and involves a time commitment of four hours weekly. During the class, students will learn how psychology, communication, conflict management and interpretation can be employed when working directly with refugees and displaced persons. The entry-level course is ideal for interpreters, NGO practitioners, volunteers, refugees, researchers and students. All coursework is presented in English through online video lectures and supplemental reading materials. There is no fee to enroll in the class.

Human Rights: The Rights of Refugees

Human Rights: The Rights of Refugees is an online course offered by the international organization Amnesty International. Self-paced, the class can be started at any time and can be taken at the students’ own speed. The recommended syllabus involves completing the course over a three-week period, spending three to five hours per week viewing the online videos and completing the supplemental readings and interactive activities. Through the course, students will learn what human rights refugees are entitled to, who is responsible for protecting them and how individuals, organizations and governments can hold parties accountable for violations of refugee rights throughout the world.

Volunteering with Refugees

Volunteering with Refugees is an online course offered through a partnership between the Crisis Classroom and the Cambridge English Language Assessment organization. The social sciences class lasts for three weeks and requires three hours of study time on a weekly basis. During the course, students will learn techniques for working with refugees in many different settings. The main focus of the class is how to provide language support to non-native speakers who resettle in foreign countries. Instruction is provided through online lectures in English. Supplemental readings are assigned to deepen students’ mastery of the course material.

Migrants and Refugees in Education: A toolkit for teachers

Migrants and Refugees in Education: A toolkit for teachers is an online course provided by the British Council’s Language for Resilience programme. The course is intended for teachers and educators of all levels who have contact with migrant and refugee children in classrooms. During the four-week course, participants will learn how to build confidence in students, to create more inclusive classes and to help children adjust in the classroom. To be successful in the course, students should plan to spend roughly three hours per week watching the online lectures, reading the course materials and completing short assignments.

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