"The Day My Life Froze": Urban Refugees in the Humanitarian System

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"The Day My Life Froze": Urban Refugees in the Humanitarian System is a two-day professional development short course built around an educational, interactive simulation by Matthew R. Stevens at Lessons Learned Simulations and Training. The course re-centres the human subjects of humanitarianism in the minds of current and prospective humanitarian workers.

Participants learn to map the goals and motivations of a wide range of stakeholders in humanitarian crises. They will explore the social, political, and economic dynamics which arise from the interplay between these stakeholders. As a secondary goal, the course acts as a bridge between cutting-edge academic theory, critical “red teaming” approaches, and humanitarian practice.

Course designer and instructor Matt 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. Course director Johanna Reynolds is a global leader in the delivery of professional development courses for refugee response workers.

Lessons Learned courses are built around rigorously designed educational simulations, adapted from the “IN-Simulation” methodology developed by Prof. Natasha Gill (UNIGE) and the innovative simulation-based teaching methodologies of Prof. Rex Brynen at McGill University. Re-Centering the Human is built around “The Day My Life Froze”, a social and economic simulation of urban refugee response situations.

Lessons Learned is offering a pre-release delivery of the course for free to interested graduate and undergraduate students and other interested individuals (est. tuition value: $400). The course currently in final stages of development by the teaching team. Participants will be asked to provide feedback on the course content.

NOTE: Due to the interactive nature of the methodology, this course has an attendance limit. Please only RSVP if you intend to attend. If you RSVP and cannot attend, please contact the course organisers as soon as possible so we can make your space available to others!


Course learning objectives:

In completing this course, participants will be able to...

  • ...describe the social and political dynamics of humanitarian crises with reference to the viewpoints, motivations, and goals of multiple stakeholders, including refugees.

  • ...demonstrate an understanding of the systems which underlie humanitarian response scenarios by mapping the goals and actions of multiple stakeholders.

  • ...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 goal of people experiencing displacement, and contrast them with humanitarian assumptions.

  • ...map motivations and goals of multiple stakeholders in humanitarian crises and response scenarios, including those of refugees.

See www.llst.ca for more information!

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