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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Working with Refugees
Module Code LC529
School SALIS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Fiona Murphy
Semester 2: Fiona Murphy
Autumn: Fiona Murphy
Module TeachersAgnes Maillot
Fiona Murphy
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

This module will require students to engage with organisations that work with refugees and international protection applicants and to reflect on their experience

Learning Outcomes

1. Actively engage with vulnerable populations
2. Acquire a deeper understanding of the workings of an NGO/civil association
3. Identify and analyse integration needs of specific IPA/Refugee population
4. Address issues and put forward proposals for resolving specific problems identified
5. Enhance employability in NGO sector by analysing operational structure, needs, funding strategies, social capital production of an NGO working in the forced migration/immigration sector
6. Creation of an e-portfolio
7. Peer-presentation skills

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture4Introductions to NGOs, writing reports, e-portfolios
Fieldwork20Voluntary work with NGO: 2 weekly hours minimum
Workshop8Meetings to report on progress
Class Presentation10Individual oral presentation of work carried out with NGO
Portfolio Preparation40Selecting, analysing and writing up material based on workplace experience
Independent Study168Reading up on NGO related activities
Total Workload: 250

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

introductory lectures
Introductions to NGOs, writing reports, e-portfolios

Engagement with NGO
Voluntary work with NGO: 2 weekly hours minimum

Weekly feedback sessions
30 minute meetings (in groups of 2-3 students) to report on progress

End of semester presentation
Individual oral presentation of work carried out with NGO

Independent study
Reading literature related to working with people in refugee-like contexts

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
PresentationPresenting to peers on workplace experience30%Sem 2 End
Professional PortfolioCollating and documenting workplace experience70%Sem 2 End
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Boulding, C.: 2014, NGOs, Political Protest, and Civil Society, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge,
  • Cambridge, D.: 2010, Eportfolios for Lifelong Learning and Assessment, Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, N.J.,
  • Chong, DPL: 2010, Freedom from Poverty : NGOs and Human Rights Praxis,, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia,
  • Elbow, P.: 1998, Writing with Power: Techniques for Mastering the Writing Process, Oxford University Press, Oxford,
  • Hollenbach, D.: 2008, Refugee Rights : Ethics, Advocacy, and Africa, Georgetown University Press, Washington,
  • Lang, S.: 2012, NGOs, Civil Society, and the Public Sphere, Cambridge University Press, New York,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
GDRIGraduate Diploma in Refugee Integration
MARIMA in Refugee Integration

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