The World We Live In – Perspectives on the global refugee crisis


All DMU students are invited to join this extra-curricular DMU Local online learning course organised by the Public Engagement team. This opportunity would be of interest to students interested in learning about the forced migration and more broadly gaining an understanding of current refugee crisis.

The maximum number of places for this event is 20. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


The purpose of the course is to engage students in the conversation about the global refugee crisis. A number of speakers from DMU, as well as those from external organisations will contribute to this learning activity.

The World We Live In – Perspectives on the global refugee crisis will help enhance your knowledge, and develop a range of intercultural competencies, so that you can play an active role in making a positive social difference in society.

You will be required to complete a mini assignment after each weekly session to demonstrate your engagement and understanding of each topic that is covered. We aim for these to be fun and engaging activities, that will enhance your learning experience.

Course structure

Before you start, you’ll be asked to complete a short introductory online module, and share your reasons for participating with other students. You will then cover the following topics over 6 weeks:

Week 1: The journey of seeking asylum and claiming refugee status in UK

Attend a live talk with an expert from a Immigration & Refugee Law background, to learn more about asylum seeking process in the UK.

Week 2: Emotional Awareness and Resilience Masterclass

This masterclass will help to improve your awareness of how we react to challenges, and introduce you to holistic ways to improve wellbeing and reduce stress. 

Week 3: Global Voice: Greece and US

Guest speakers will present perspectives from Greece and US, looking at local asylum claim processes and empowering refugees through education and training. 

Week 4: Global Voice: Germany and France

Guest speakers will present perspectives from Germany and France, looking at local asylum claim processes and impact of immigration on economic development and the cultural activities of the countries.

Week 5: Local voice

Attend a live talk with from local organisations that support asylum seekers and refugees in Leicester. Learn about how they address challenges that service users face and the support they provide.

Week 6: Sharing your work

During this session participants will present their work to peers. The second part of the session will be dedicated to discussing how you can engage further and help refugees after the course.

Learning objectives

The learning objectives of this course are to:

  • Gain knowledge of the asylum seeker journey and the varied experiences and attitudes in different countries.
  • Encourage critical thinking through analysis of the depictions of refugees and immigration in the media.
  • Foster civic-mindedness and a sense of societal responsibility by looking at a range of global issues and national and local responses to them.
  • Develop and improve skills such as listening, observation, evaluation and cross-cultural empathy by engaging with and learning from individuals from a range of cultural backgrounds.
  • Develop a stronger appreciation of the concepts of human dignity, human rights, justice fairness and equality.


If you would like to join this online course, click the ‘Apply now’ button at the bottom of this page. You will receive a full schedule and link to join the sessions to your DMU e-mail account shortly after the deadline. Please, check your inbox as well as junk inbox regularly.

Key information

  • Application deadline: CLOSED
  • Weekly sessions: Between Monday 11 October – Friday 3 December 2021
  • Course duration: 6-8 hours in total

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