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Course Description:

Contemporary armed conflicts and complex humanitarian crises create substantial mental health burdens that damage health and well-being, and limit development. Taking a multidisciplinary approach, this course examines the field of forced migration, focusing in particular on psychosocial and mental health issues. Throughout the semester we will try to understand forced migration as a global phenomenon while learning to recognize and assess its influence on the mental health of the millions it affects around the world. The interconnections between forced migration and mental health will be explored in this course through reading and discussing academic research, professional guidelines and prominent theoretical debates. Moving from a global perspective to the “here-and-now”, in the second half of the course we will explore the specific case of the African asylum seekers in Israel, analyzing their conditions and discussing possible solutions and interventions. The course will also include a tour at the southern part of Tel-Aviv, where many asylum seekers reside.

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