EU Erasmus pensum udviklingsprojekt: Sundhed og socialomsorg for migranter og minoriteter

Projekter: ProjektForskning




Development of good teaching practices in the area of health provision for ethnic minorities and migrants is the background for this proejct. There has been increase in ethnic minority populations, existing health and social care provisions, however, have been developed in response to the needs of the majority. Serious shortcomings have been identified in their accessibility and effectiveness for migrant and minority users. There is therefore a need for research, teaching and the development of good practices in this area. Developing and maintaining in-depth, high quality teaching on this topic, a European network is essential. Even in North-West European countries, North-West Europe (France, Belgium, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark), the topic is marginal to the main curriculum and is all too often squeezed out in favour of other priorities. An enquiry in the Danish context further confirms lack of focus on this topic at the university level. By joining forces with colleagues in other countries and exchanging teaching and expertise, a body of knowledge can be built up and the position of the topic can be strengthened.

The project initiated and co-ordinated by Utrecht University, Holland, has been selected for co-financing by the European Commission in August 2006.



The idea of the project is to broaden and expansion of an international Masters Programme “Migration, Mental Health and Social Care”  (which has been running at three universities since 2000) to 13 universities, among them Roskilde University.

All partners have agreed to try to implement the complete degree programme as fully as possible, but where local conditions prevent this, elements of the programme will be incorporated in existing courses.

Primary target group is persons working or intending to work in social and health care services for culturally and ethnically diverse populations, especially those concerned with management and policy making. The project aims at developing insight into the problems of diversity by sharing experiences and solutions with counterparts  in  other European countries.


Main Activities

1st year:  Define partners’ roles, write syllabus for each module

2nd year: Transform syllabi into concrete themes and courses

3rd year:  Implement, evaluate and disseminate the programme


Roskilde University: Structure and proposed Implementation

The project is anchored in the department of Psychology and Education Research, where assistant professor Rashmi Singla is the contact person. Associate Professor Bodil Pedersen was and at present Associate Professor Betina Dybbroe is the second department- person involved in the project and she is also head of the department in the newly started health education discipline

“Interdisciplinary Studies in Health Promotion and Health Studies”.

The curriculum programme focuses on a number of aspects, among them, the health and welfare of migrants and minority communities, diversity in health, welfare and service provision. The special  needs of migrant and minority communities and the challenges they present to existing systems of care. Issues of diversity in health, welfare and service provision, adapting health and social care provisions to the needs of a diverse society.  Where does the impetus to adapting services come from? Different models and ideologies underlying the process of adaptation, based on different assumptions about what is wrong.


On the whole there will be a common core of general teaching, referring to the situation worldwide and making use of cross-national comparisons, as well as teaching focused on the local situation. Besides, there are possibilities for further internationalisation through the student / teacher exchange and international workshops.


Possible proposals for implementation:

- To incorporate elements in the present courses in Psychology (within the Social Psychological focus at modul -1, modul-3 (Intercultural Psychology in practice) as well as Health promotion and Health strategies (kandidatmodul: Sundhed i kontekst / Sundhedsfremme og sundhedsstategier)

Forms can be lectures, group project work, and optional courses.


- Examine possibilities for “toning” with other disciplines such as Social sciences for courses related to migrations


- Develop special course for external participants who are professionals and managers in the field of health and minorities.


Effektiv start/slut dato11/08/201001/02/2011


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