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Through constant quality assurance and evaluation of our program with our students, graduates and lecturers, the curriculum is both programmed to provide a profund theoretical-methodological focus on research towards the application of practical skills, and to suit professional perspectives on the job market.


The modules are organized in blocks as our lecturers are not all based in Berlin but come from our internationally renowned partner universities in Sweden, Scotland and Slovenia.

In the first two semesters, our program consists of two weeks classroom teaching and two weeks virtual blended e-learning. Following the third semester, students can choose between different elective compulsory classes from the B and C modules that are held in one week in class teaching and one week  e-facilitated teaching.

The fourth semester is dedicated to the conceptualization and realization of a practical or research-based project linked to the issue of social work and human rights, as well as to the elaboration of the master's thesis.

Upon request and if advisable from an academic point of view, the Master thesis can also be postponed to a fifth semester. In either case, the research and writing of the final thesis will be completed over a period of one semester. 

Please check the schedules for the current student cohorts for further details on the structure.


These modules are compulsory for all students.

A 1: World Society and the Agenda for Social Work and Social Development (15 ECTS) is concerned with the world’s social problems and their relevance for international policies and social work, such as world poverty, lack of food-nutritional security, declining resources for survival, spreading diseases, disasters; unfair world trade, failed states, growing income disparities, economic, forced and political migration, “sans papiers”; organized crime, prostitution, child labor, bonded labor, conflicts, wars, torture, and corresponding lack of access to rights and legislation; nationalist, hegemonial, autocratic, dictatorial political regimes; religious and secular fundamentalism. Special advertences have to be given to the individuals and minorities who don’t have access to rights and legislation.

A 2: Social Work and Human Rights (15 ECTS) deals with the history of social work and human rights in theory, international documents, practice and its partnering with the United Nations – as well as in a comparative perspective. The pioneers of international social work and the integration of human rights in their biographies are pointed out. Furthermore, this module explains dimensions of social work as discipline and profession – social problems as its object base thus comparing client characteristics of social work with those of the “vulnerable groups” addressed by the different UN-conventions.

A 3: International Law: A Social Work Perspective (15 ECTS) is concerned with the significance of international law for social work both on a national and on international level. In this context the question is raised how social work is affected when conflicts and violations are discussed in terms of human rights. Critical issues including vulnerable groups and the relation between the first and third worlds, globalization and the legitimacy of the United Nations and other international legal institutions and the relations between the ‘first’ and ‘third’ worlds, are studied from a socio-legal perspective.

A 4: Critical Social Science Research (15 ECTS) covers different social science research methods with the emphasis on qualitative methodology, some quantitative methods, and mixed method approach. It includes teaching on research design and conceptual mapping, the issues of social research ethics, critical research thinking, and the use of the comparative approaches in social sciences within the international setting.

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Students select a minimum of two out of five offered modules.

B 1: Health and Human Rights in Social Work (7.5 ECTS) discusses health as an issue of social inequalities and shows how inequalities get reflected in health of individuals, groups, and communities. Apart from analyzing and comparing violation of health rights in different countries and social contexts, the course outlines the strategies of successful access to the right to health. The role of social workers in realization of these strategies is examined and highlighted.

B 2: Migration and Racism (7.5 ECTS) deals with the processes of discrimination and marginalization within society, which lead to racism, and teaches to identify racist practices that occur as a result. It is stressed that for social workers there are particular challenges in meeting the needs of those subject to people trafficking and smuggling and unaccompanied asylum seeking children, a situation which requires the articulation of new practice responses to provide specialist support to groups such as survivors of torture. Within the field of migration there is considerable scope for more organized development of the advocacy role of social workers at national and international levels, including the development of alliances and collaborative action to support more humane and just policies.

B 3: Poverty and Social Exclusion (7.5 ECTS) addresses the fact that human rights can only become realized and used under appropriate conditions like democracy and in societies concerned to create (more) social justice and cohesion. It is thus concerned with the individuals and groups who are unable to perform their full rights due to poverty and social exclusion.

B 4: Gender and Human Rights (7.5 ECTS) gives a global and a comparative perspective on gender as a human rights issues and will analyze gender within the framework of social work and social policy discipline. The module analyzes the issues of mainstreaming gender equality in social welfare services and the issues of gender sensitive social services and social politics. It thereby gives models of good practice on gender awareness in social work and social policies across the globe.

B 5: Children’s Rights (7.5 ECTS) is concerned with the significance of children’s rights for social work practice from a global perspective, thus focusing on the development of the UNCRC emphasizing children as right holders, on philosophical discourses on rights and childhood, on global perspectives on children’s advocacy and participation in social work, and on the relevance of the 3Ps and the 4 key principles of the UNCRC for social work decision making.

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Students select a minimum of two out of four offered modules.

C 1: Human Rights Education (7.5 ECTS) addresses human rights education as the most important requirement in order to “bring down” human rights from the UN level and the frequently purely appellative political level. It thereby provides for the knowledge students need in order to organize information with regard to content as well as to develop a didactic concept for human rights education.

C 2: Practice of Human Rights-Based Social Work – Locally, Nationally, and Internationally (7.5 ECTS) focuses on “human rights-based social work projects around the world”. An international practice of social work can take place in local communities of immigration societies (e.g., establishing ombuds offices, civic platforms, working with illegalized persons, human rights education in formal and informal education), on a national level (involvement in the legislative process, e.g., for unaccompanied minors) or inter- respectively transnationally (as a project of a globally active NGO, as a member of a social movement, in the application of procedures of the UN or the European Court of Human Rights etc.).

C 3: Human Rights Projects as Innovation in Social and Health Agencies (7.5 ECTS) deals with strategies of social innovative development of practices and procedures for identifying the need of an organization for innovation in the area of human rights. This module focuses on projects in which the objectives for change are implemented and evaluated, on the initiation of changes and innovations independent from organizations, and on mechanisms of overcoming resistance to innovation.

C 4: Public Relations (7.5 ECTS) deals with the importance of public relations and the usage of media for social work issues. While social work is often kept invisible, public relation skills of the social worker can be highly helpful for the individual client as well as they can help creating public awareness on a specific issue supporting structural change.

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This module is compulsory for all students.

The module 'Human Rights Project' is dedicated to the realization of a specific project that the student develops with the support of academic experts and/ or experts in the practical field.

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This module is compulsory for all students.

The thesis is a central element of the MA-SWHR. In keeping with the research-oriented focus of the program, students are required to write a 15,000 words (+/- 10%) thesis based on empirical investigation, which accounts for a total of 15 ECTS credits. The thesis must relate to the substantive issues of the course, using the scientific research methods taught.

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Human Rights Project

Within the time frame of one semester, the students realize and develop their Human Rights Project that is linked to the issue of social work and human rights. With the expertise and guidance of lecturers from our Master program (and, or professional experts and contact persons of a practical field), students are encouraged to independently acquire additional methodical knowledge in their field of interest, and critically reflect and justify their strategies.

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Abstracts from Previous Projects

Albán, Alina - Mujuru, Rufaro and Rugumambaju, Beatrice - Documentary filmmaking with victims of the Colectiv - Fire

Baldus, Lena- Self-Determination Workshop

Benjamin, Chantal - A Look at the Social Casework of "Eingliederungshilfe"

Bischof, Jasmin - Thesis Writing Group

Bolzman, Liat - Art and Activism as tools for social change

Brulin, Lovisa “Vem har rätt att bli mamma?” - Who has the right to become a mother?

Gerlach, Fee - Developing a social media-based Human Rights Education campaign

Karkoutly, Mariana - Support groups with Refugees and asylum seekers in emergency camps

Keith, Catherine - Language Learning & Social Work

Lartigue, Sarah - Mobilizing Youth For Political Participation in the French Quartiers

Mbeufonjoh, Nkaminyi P. - Saving General practitioner practice from closure and exploring the GP management Issues

Mujović, Mia - Art and theatre as tools of Human Rights Education for the primary prevention of peer violence in high schools in the Republic of Serbia

Nowak, Janine. - Internship Report: Promoted Human Rights Field by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Mongolia

Roberts, Skyler - Cyberstalking

Siddiqui, Umair - Art and Social Change: A project for women's rights in Pakistan

Sglavo, Mariangela - Doing memory work with Syrian activists: An autoehtnography - Self-reflections on repression, injustice, war trauma, and the struggle for freedom

Sweis, Maha - Honor Killings and Human Rights Violations in Jordan

Valladares, Berna Y. - Project: How I conducted the interviews with the street children in Casa Alianza



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Master's Thesis

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In their final phase of our program, students elaborate of their Master's Thesis. Under the guidance of two academic advisors and a successful proposition of an independent research question or statement, students critically realize their writing process and conclusions.

Since the Master program is also aimed at opening the chance of obtaining a doctorate, students have the possibility of adapting the sub-topics form compulsory and elective modules, already in view of a prospective dissertation project. In that way the Master’s thesis – at least parts of it – becomes an intermediate step towards the doctorate.

Abstracts from Previous Master's Theses

Bugge, Marit

Obedience and Dehumanization: Placing the Dublin Regulation Within A Histroical Context.

Bolzman, Liat

Are We Not Human? The Journey of Eritrean Refugees Who Left Israel Under the "Voluntary Return Scheme" - From Human Experience to Human Rights

Flihan, Noor Nizar

Voluntary Work and Social Work: Two Activities Encountering Human Rights Issues.

Gerboc, Halle

Buen Vivir as an Economic Alternative in Latin America: A Feminist Perspective.

Klaßen, Louisa

Human Rights Education within German public schools - How Grassroots Initiatives can contribute to the gaps of HRE within German public schools

Kandowe, Caroline Idah

Exploring Child Headed Households, Their Challanges and Survival Mechanisms in Rural Areas. A Case Study of Chiweshe Rural Community, Zimbabwe.

Knox, Lisa

Online Solidarity: The Impact of Social Media Platforms on Female Survivors of Sexual Assault

Mujuru, Rufaro

The consequences of exposure to domestic and sexual violence and abuse on children and survivors.

Oenema, Ina Thyra

(Body)Mapping Statelessness: Bodies, Borders and Belongings.

Okoye, Nnamdi Chukwunweike

LGBT Community And Their Sexual Health Challanges in Nigeria.

Pallam, Kettu Monica Silas

Marriages as a Form of Child Trafficking in India

Ramsay, Sarah Anne Grace

Allies or Administrators? The Role of Social Workers With Unaccompanied Young People In Scotland.

Sabally, Demba

Social Work Values, Human Rights and the State's Right to Control Immigration: A Comparative Study of Access to Health Care for Gambian Irregular Migrants in Berlin and Oslo

Sanghvi, Poonam

Positive Impacts of CSR Activities on Human Rights

Siddiqui, Umair

A Discussion of the Universality of Human Rights.

Aikins, Muna

Empowering Refugees- A Focus Group Analysis Necessary Procedures for Effective Complaint Management

Albán Popescu, Alina Alejandra

How are artistic means used by Social Workers and how beneficial are they when dealing with children?

Baldus, Maria Lena

Self-determination of people with intellectual disabilities in assisted living facilities in Germany

Bischof, Jasmin

Sans-papiers and regulation procedure in Switzerland - A human rights perspective on how to apply the hardship procedure in the canton St. Gallen

Brulin, Lovisa

Would you like to become a mother one day? A qualitative study of how managers for homes for persons with intellectual disabilities approach issues related to fertility, with their female service users

Gerlach, Fee

Towards sustainable communities - A permaculture- based practice model for ecosocial work

Karkoutly, Mariana

The psychological and mental health of refugees in emergency camps in Berlin: The role of social work in mental health services

Keith, Catherine M.

Teacher and Social Worker Identities: Impact on relation to and interaction with adult immigrant students and clients in Minnesota

Lartigue, Sarah

Studying in a French sensitive urban zone - Institutional racism and youth in the Banlieues

Mbeufonjoh, Nkaminyi Percy

Scaling up adherence to mutual health trusts through dialogue structures in Buea health district: Case study of MHO in Bepha Buea

Mujovic, Mia

Art and theatre as tools of Human Rights Education for the primary prevention of peer violence in high- schools in the Republic of Serbia

Nowak, Janine

Urban Living in Mongolia- A Human Rights-based Approach

Roberts, Skyler

I cannot escape - Examining technologys role to facilitate abuse in an intimate Relationship

Rugumambaju, Beatrice

Disability in Refugee Camps: A situation of disabled girls in Nakivale Refugee Settlement Camp Isingiro District South Western Uganda

Sglavo, Mariangela

Memories of uprising of Syrian activists in Germany

Sweis, Maha

Early Child Marriage in Jordan as a Human Rights Issue - Universal Rights vs. Cultural Relativism

Valladares, Berna Yadira

Street Children in Honduras- Challenges to Improve their lives

Yeboah, Josefine

Respect Diversity- Human Rights Education in LGBT Community in Ghana; An Analysis of Experiences using Peer Education to promote Human Rights & Social and Reproductive Health Rights

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As MA Social Work as a Human Rights Profession is intrinsically structured as an international cooperative study program, not all lecturers are located in Berlin. Classes, seminars and examinations are also held and guided by our lecturers from

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Lecturers at the Annual Conference 2019
Lecturers' Overview and Contact Details
Dr. Aichele, Valentin L.L.M German Institute for Human Rights (Berlin, Germany) B3 Poverty and Social Exclusion
Dr. Alkan, Hilal Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences (Berlin, Germany) C2 Practice of Human Rights-Based Social Work– Locally, Nationally, and Internationally
Dr. Apak Kaya, Meral Technische Universität Darmstadt Workshop: Academic Writing
Dr. Başdaş, Begüm C4 Advocacy for Human Rights: Lobby and Communication Strategies
Dr. Beloe, Elizabeth Freie Universität Berlin (Germany) Workshop: Diversity of Backgrounds
Prof. Dr. Bergs-Winkels, Dagmar Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences Berlin (Germany) A4: Critical Social Science Research
Büchy, Jenna Consultant IFOK GmbH C3 Human Rights Projects as Innovation in Social and Health Agencies
Dr. Cogan, Nicola University of Strathclyde, School of Applied Social Sciences (Glasgow, Great Britain) A4 Critical Social Science Research
Dr. Da Lomba, Sylvie University of Strathclyde, School of Applied Social Sciences (Glasgow, Great Britain) B2 Migration and Racism
Prof. Dr. Erdem, Esra Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences (Berlin, Germany) B3 Poverty and Social Exclusion, Colloquium for D-/E-Modules
Dr. Gale, Christine University of Strathclyde, School of Applied Social Sciences (Glasgow, Great Britain) B5 Children's Rights
Prof. Dr. Goel, Urmila Humboldt-Universität Berlin (Germany) B2 Migration and Racism
Prof. Dr. Großmaß, Ruth Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences (Berlin, Germany) A2 Social Work and Human Rights, Introduction to B-modules, C3 Human Rights Projects as Innovation in Social and Health Agencies
Hildebrand, Bettina German Institute for Human Rights (Berlin, Germany) C4 Advocacy for Human Rights: Lobby and Communication Strategies
Dr. Karim, Samina University of Bradford (Bradford, Great Britain) A2 Social Work and Human Rights, A4 Critical Social Science Research
Dr. Keskin, Cem Freie Universität Berlin/ University of Duisberg-Essen Workshop: Academic Writing
Dr. Kjellbom, Pia Linköping University (Sweden) A3 International Law: A Social Work Perspective
Prof. Dr. Köbsell, Swantje Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences (Berlin, Germany) B1 Health and Human Rights in Social Work
Malmedie, Lydia University of Potsdam (Germany) Workshop International Social Work Theories, A2 Social Work and Human Rights, C3 Human Rights Projects as Innovation in Social and Health Agencies
Matt, Christine Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus - Senftenberg (Germany) C1 Human Rights Education
Dr. Milligan, Ian University of Strathclyde, School of Applied Social Sciences (Glasgow, Great Britain) B5 Children's Rights
Prof. Dr. Pollmann, Arnd Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences (Berlin, Germany) A2 Social Work and Human Rights pollmann@
Prof. Dr. Prasad, Nivedita Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences (Berlin, Germany) A2 Social Work and Human Rights,C4 Advocacy for Human Rights: Lobby and Communication Strategies
Quinn, Neil University of Strathclyde, School of Applied Social Sciences (Glasgow, Great Britain) B2 Migration and Racism, C4 Advocacy for Human Rights: Lobby and Communication Strategies
Prof. Dr. Radvan, Heike Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg (Germany), Amadeu Antonio Foundation C1 Human Rights Education
Rajanayagam, Iris Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences (Berlin, Germany) C2 Practice of Human Rights-Based Social Work– Locally, Nationally, and Internationally
Dr. Ryberg Welander, Lotti Malmö University (Sweden) A3 International Law: A Social Work Perspective
Dr. Sobočan, Ana M. University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) A4 Critical Social Science Research, B4 Gender and Human Rights
Saleh, Fadi B4 Gender and Human Rights
Dr. Staaf, Annika Malmö University (Sweden) A3 International Law: A Social Work Perspective
Dr. Stamm, Ingo University of Jyväskylä (Finland) A1 World Society and the Agenda for Social Work and Social Development
Dr. Šumi, Irena University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) A1 World Society and the Agenda for Social Work and Social Development, B1 Health and Human Rights in Social Work, B4 Gender and Human Rights
Dr. Tikkanen, Ronny University of Gothenburg (Sweden) C4 Advocacy for Human Rights: Lobby and Communication Strategies
Dr. Vesterdal, Knut Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Trondheim, Norway) C1 Human Rights Education
Prof. Dr. Zaviršek, Darja University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) A4 Critical Social Science Research, B1 Health and Human Rights in Social Work, B4 Gender and Human Rights
Zeybek, Sezai Ozan (PhD) A1 World Society and the Agenda for Social Work and Social Development, B3 Poverty and Social Exclusion

Dr. Valentin Aichele, LL.M. (University of Adelaide) is with the German Institute for Human Rights since 2005. His expertise and interests are inter alia public international law, National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs); human rights action plans; poverty and social exclusion, non-discrimination; economic, social and cultural human rights, in particular right to education; the right to be equal before the law; the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), human rights-based monitoring and evaluation; human rights treaty law in the German justice system. Since May 2009, Valentin Aichele is Head of the independent National CRDP Monitoring Mechanism.


Dr. Hilal Alkan is an Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung Georg Forster fellow at Alice Salomon Hochschule and Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient. She received her PhD in Political Science from the Open University. In her dissertation, she focused on civic charitable initiatives in Turkey, with the interdisciplinary lens of citizenship studies and economic anthropology. Alongside charitable giving and welfare provision, her research interests include gendered spatial formations, women’s experiences of war, and care ethics. In her recent project, she is working on informal neighbourhood initiatives aiding Syrian migrants in their resettlement in Istanbul and Berlin. She is also a member of the Women’s Initiative for Peace in Turkey, which works on gendering the peace process and documenting gendered rights violations in Turkey.

Dr. Begüm Başdaş received her PhD in Geography from the University of California Los Angeles (2007) and her MA in Art History from the University of California Riverside (2001). Her BA was in Sociology at Boğaziçi University, Turkey. She also worked full-time as a human rights defender at Amnesty International Turkey for six years. Begüm’s current research titled "Masculinities on the Move: Spatial Politics of Solidarity and Care Among Refugees in Germany and Greece” focuses on human rights, gender, sexuality, and migration. She explores how Afghan refugee men through their everyday spatial practices build relations of care and solidarity in Berlin and Lesvos island. Begüm is currently a researcher as a part of the Einstein Fellows group at Humboldt University in Berlin.

Dr. Elizabeth Beloe holds a Ph.D degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the Freie Universität zu Berlin. She has an MA in Intercultural Work and Conflict Management from the Alice Salomon Hochschule in Berlin and a BA in Sociology from the University of Buea, Cameroon. She has been a course facilitator for the International Masters programme of Social Work as a Human Rights Profession since 2014 at Alice Salomon Hochschule Berlin. Furthermore, she is a regional coordinator of a German-wide project on refugees in an organization. She has over 10 years of experience in migrant organizations in Germany. Her interests are in the areas of migration and development policies, intercultural relations, conflict management and empowerment of minority women.

Jenna Büchy is a consultant for citizen participation and stakeholder collaboration processes at IFOK GmbH, Berlin. In her work she focuses on workshop design and developing interactive and creative methodological approaches in the area of Open Government. Jenna facilitates innovation and change processes in public administration, focussing on human-centered and design-based approaches. Previously she coordinated executive education programs for Public Policy and Management at the UP Transfer GmbH at the University of Potsdam, with a special interest in peer learning approaches and blended learning scenarios. She has an M.A. in social sciences from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and a B.A. in political sciences from the University of Mannheim.

Dr. Sylvie Da Lomba is a Law Lecturer at the Law School of the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK. She has extensively published in the areas of migrants’ social and economic rights (with a focus on the rights of irregular migrants and asylum seekers); international, EU and national (UK, France and Canada) migration laws and policies; global and EU migration governance; and refugee integration. She is the author of a monograph on The Right to Seek Refugee Status in the European Union.

Much of her work is cross-disciplinary; she has developed socio-legal theoretical frameworks based on the concepts of membership, citizenship and vulnerability to investigate migrants’ rights and the tensions that exist between the realisation of their rights and the exercise of the government immigration power. She has conducted comparative socio-legal research in these areas and has undertaken funded empirical research in the field of migrants’ social rights, including migrants’ right to health care. For example, she was the principal investigator in a research project on ‘Women Asylum Seekers’ Access to Free NHS Maternity Care in Glasgow after a Negative Decision on their Asylum Claim’. The research was funded by and conducted in collaboration with the Scottish Refugee Council.

She was a visiting scholar at the University of Montreal and the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

She teaches European Union Law, Human Rights Law and International Migration Law.

Prof. Dr. Esra Erdem is Professor for Social Economics at Alice Salomon Hochschule Berlin and Academic Director of the Master's Program Social Work as a Human Rights Profession.

She received a PhD in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Her primary research areas include Solidarity Economies, Commons, Urban Studies and Migration Studies.


What is interesting to know about her professional background?

Subjects of studies: Philosophy, German literature, Education at RUB (Bochum) and Philipps-University (Marburg), short stays in Great Britain and France included; PhD at Bielefeld University (“Psychische Krisen und Sozialer Raum” – a research on counselling).

For more than 20 years she was an active professional counsellor, doing teaching and research side-line.  Later on, in 2004, she decided to change priorities and was successful in applying at Alice Salomon Hochschule for the chair in Social philosophy and Ethics, which she held for more than 10 years, working on professional ethics and the philosophical backgrounds of social work. Towards the end of her professional career she was asked to build up the master program “Social work as a Human Rights Profession” – a task she really became interested in and identified with. In 2015 she retired, glad to hand over the program to Esra Erdem and Johanna Isensee, the current Program Director and Program Manger.

For further details on her activities at Alice Salomon Hochschule and  her publications (most of them – sorry – in German), please visit the ASH profile.

As a social and cultural anthropologist Prof.Dr. Goel, Urmila conducts ethnographic work primarily among people, who are marked as Indians in German speaking Europe. Theoretically she is interested in particular in critical racism theory, postcolonial theory, gender and queer studies as well as in the interdependencies of these.

Website &Publications

Since 2003 Bettina Hildebrand is the head of communications and spokesperson of the independent German Institute for Human Rights in Berlin .

She is a professional journalist with wide experience in print, radio and TV (ZDF, German public-service television broadcaster). She also worked several years as communications manager and spokesperson for the Media Authority of North Rhine-Westphalia in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Her fields of expertise are Media/Journalism, Public Relations and Human Rights.

Dr. Samina Karim (UK) is an academic in the field of social work, and a specialist in working with children and families. Her expertise is centred around the topics of child abuse, historic abuse, children’s rights and power within social work practice. Currently, she is lecturing at the University of Bradford on both the BA and MA social work degree programmes and is also undertaking international research in order to examine the issue of child abuse in South Asia.  

2018–Present, Adjunct Instructor and Academy in Exile Fellow, Freie Universität, Berlin 2011–2017, Assistant Professor, Istanbul 29 Mayis University, Turkey 2005–2009, PhD in Linguistics, Utrecht University, Netherlands 2000–2005, Research Assistant, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey 1999–2002, MS in Cognitive Science, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey 1995–1999, BA in Linguistics, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey

Kjellbom has a PhD in socialwork and is currently working as researcher and lecturer in welfare law at Linköping university in Norrköping, Sweden. Main interests are social work law, evictions, childevictions, housing and home especially for socially and economically vulnerable groups as well as human rights.

Prof. Dr. Swantje Köbsell is Professor for Disability Studies at Alice Salomon Hochschule Berlin.

Academic fields of interest: Disability Studies, Ableism, Disability Studies in Education, Disability Rights Movements, Disability and Human Rights, Intersectionality and Disability (i.e. gender & disability, forced/migration & disability, age & disability), Eugenics

Publications (selection)

  • „‘Disabled asylum seekers? … They don’t really exist’”. Zur Unsichtbarkeit behinderter Flüchtlinge im Hilfesystem und im behindertenpolitischen Diskurs, in: Westphal, Manuela/ Wansing, Gudrun (Hrsg.): Migration, Flucht und Behinderung: Herausforderungen für Politik, Bildung und psychosoziale Dienste, Wiesbaden, Springer VS 2018, S. 63-80.
  • Normalität, in: Ingeborg Hedderich, Gottfried Biewer, Judith Hollenweger, Reinhard Markowetz (Hrsg.): Handbuch Inklusion und Sonderpädagogik, Bad Heilbrunn: Verlag Julius Klinkhardt 2016, S. 402-405.
  • Mit Hirschberg, Marianne: Disability Studies, Diversity und Inklusion: in: Ingeborg Hedderich, Gottfried Biewer, Judith Hollenweger, Reinhard Markowetz (Hrsg.): Handbuch Inklusion und Sonderpädagogik, Bad Heilbrunn: Verlag Julius Klinkhardt 2016, S. 555-568.
  • Doing Dis_ability. Wie beeinträchtigte Menschen zu „Behinderten“ werden, in: Fereidooni, Karim/ Zeoli, Antonietta P. (Hrsg.) Managing Diversity. Die diversitätsbewusste Ausrichtung des Bildungs- und Kulturwesens, der Wirtschaft und Verwaltung, Wiesbaden: Springer VS 2016, S. 89-104.
  • Ableism– neue Qualität oder „alter Wein in neuen Schläuchen“?, in: Attia, Iman; Köbsell, Swantje; Prasad, Nivedita: Dominanzkultur reloaded: Neue Texte zu gesellschaftlichen Machtverhältnissen und ihren Wechselwirkungen, Bielefeld: transcript 2015, S. 21-34.
  • The Disability Rights Movement in Germany: History, development, present state, in: Disability Studies Quarterly, Vol 26 No 6 (2006),

Lydia Malmedie is a doctoral researcher at the Economics and Social Science Faculty at the University of Potsdam, Germany with a scholarship by the German research council (DFG). Her thesis is on the EU’s foreign policy with regard to human rights for LGBTI persons in Sub-Sahara Africa and she carried out field research in Kenya and Uganda. Previously, Lydia worked for a London Fostering Agency and at Europe’s largest human rights charity for equality for lesbian, gay and bisexual people in the UK. She advised UK government and led on the highly sensitive primary school campaign ‘Celebrating Difference’. Invited by UNESCO, she contributed to the first ever international expert meeting on homophobia in education institutions. As an equality and diversity consultant, Lydia has worked with private and public sector organizations including SoundCloud and the German development cooperation (GIZ). She holds a European Master in Human Rights and Democratization and is the former president of the Alumni Association bringing together over 2,000 human rights experts, activists and professionals of EU funded Human Rights master programmes globally.

Christine Matt (M.A.) graduated with a Master of Arts in Intercultural Education from the Freie Universität Berlin after acquiring her B.A. in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the same university. In her M.A. thesis, she examined how students in different school settings perceive sexual and gender diversity, and also how they respond to it. From 2011-2017 she worked as a Project Coordinator, educator and curator at Berlin’s Youth Museum (Jugend Museum Berlin) with a focus on migration history and diversity. While there, Christine contributed to the award-winning model project on sexual and gender diversity entitled “ALL INCLUDED”, as well as the projects “VILLA GLOBAL”  and “HEIMAT Berlin. Migration history for children”. Since 2017, she has been a Research Assistant at the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg (Social Work). Her interests and expertise center around diversity-sensitive cultural education, diversity, migration and postcolonial theories. She is currently working on her PhD, and her research focuses on education and empowerment within the context of forced migration.


Dr. Ian Milligan  is involved in international policy and practice development in the field of 'Alternative care' - children who are in foster, kinship or residential care. He is one of the authors of Moving Forward: Implementing the UN Guidelines on the Alternative Care of Children, published in 2013 and now translated into 6 languages including Russian and Chinese (Mandarin). Ian has provided consultancy, research, evaluation and training services in a number of countries. As International lead for CELCIS Ian is involved in building partnerships with UNICEF, NGOs and academic institutions to develop policy and increase the knowledge and skills of child welfare professionals across the world. Ian has acted as a consultant to the Scottish and UK governments.

Prof. Dr. Nivedita Prasad is a Professor at the Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences in Berlin. She is the director of the German MA Program “Social Work as a Human Rights Profession” and teaches courses on Human Rights based Social Work, Intersectional Critical Social Work and methods for structural change in Social Work. She was awarded the first Anne-Klein Prize in 2012 for her ongoing dedication to the Human Rights of migrant women.

Neil Quinn (University of Strathclyde) is a Reader in Social Work and Social Policy, and Co-Director of the University's Centre for Health Policy. The Centre works across all faculties in collaboration with several local and international partners.

He has a specific interest in global public health and social welfare policy and has expertise in social work, health and human rights. His human rights work focuses on migration, mental health, homelessness and looked after children. He is leading a national research programme on the right to health for marginalised groups. He is engaged in a number of key national policy roles, including the Scottish National Action Plan (SNAP) human rights group on health and social care and in a range of high-profile international work as an advisor to the World Health Organisation on mental health rights, co-author of the UNCRC Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children Handbook and collaborations with Yale and New York University on health policy.  

He is committed to working in partnership with service users and communities and has 25 years’ experience in social work, community development and public health at a local, national and international level. He has led a major community development and health programme in one of Europe’s areas of highest deprivation, chaired the national Sanctuary programme working with asylum seekers and refugees and is on the steering group of People’s Health Movement Scotland. He is also a co-founder of the Declaration health and human rights arts festival.


Prof. Dr. Heike Radvan studied social work at the Alice Salomon Hochschule in Berlin. In 2009, she received her doctorate at the Free University of Berlin as an educationalist on "Pedagogical Action and Anti-Semitism". From 2002-2017 she worked for the Amadeu Antonio Foundation in the field of practice research and project development. Since 2011, she has been responsible for setting up and directing the "Gender and Right-Wing Extremist Section" of the Amadeu Antonio Foundation as well as for the foundation-related association "Lola for Democracy in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern".

In addition, she was responsible for the project conception and coordination of the exhibitions of the Amadeu Antonio Foundation „ Das hat's bei uns nicht gegeben!“ Antisemitismus in der DDR !" - "That did not exist with us!" Anti-Semitism in the GDR - (2007) and Germany after 1945: A society confronts antisemitism, racism and neo-nazism (2012).

Heike Radvan has been Professor of "Methods and Theories of Social Work" at the Brandenburg-Technische Universität in Cottbus since the summer semester 2017.

Main topics in research and teaching:

(gender-reflective) Right-wing extremism prevention,

Reconstructive Social Research,

Educational styles in the home care of the GDR,

Educational action and anti-Semitism,

Diversity in rural areas of the new federal states,

Intercultural education,

Community organizing,

Anti-Semitism in the GDR.

Iris Rajanayagam is a historian (MA Modern / Contemporary History, University of Cologne / Humboldt University Berlin / University of Dar es Salaam). She works on postcolonial theories, her focus particularly lying on colonial continuities in German and European migration, refugee and asylum policies, intersectionality as well as on theories and practice of antiracism and antidiscrimination. She is director of the non-profit organisation xart splitta and researcher and lecturer at the Alice Salomon University of Applied Science in the module: “Racism and Migration”. 

Iris Rajanayagam is also cofounder of the radio show “Talking Feminisms” on  

From 2013 to 2016 she was part of the editing team of the magazine “Leben nach Migration” (Eng.: “Life after Migration”) of the Migrationsrat Berlin. 

Lotti Ryberg Welander is licentiate of law and PhD in Sociology of law. She has been teaching law in social work since 2000 and is focusing on the welfare aspects of legal regulation. Her main interests are migration, human rights and international and supranational regulation of labour law and social security. 

Fadi Saleh is a PhD candidate in the Department of Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology at the University of Göttingen and considers himself and his research to be more affiliated with the emerging subfield of queer anthropology. Provisionally titled “Queer Humanitarianism in the Time of War: An Ethnography of the Emergence of Syrian LGBT Refugees,” his ongoing PhD project maps out the various ways in which, over the years following the Syrian uprisings in March 2011, Syrian queer and trans* populations entered global political discourses around LGBT rights, migration, asylum, and humanitarianism. Fadi has taught courses in the fields of gender and queer studies, (queer) cultural anthropology, and literary and media studies. Outside of Academia, he has worked and continues to work with various LGBT organizations across the Middle East and North Africa region, as well as Europe, in a variety of research, advocacy, and training capacities.

 At the core of her research interests are ethics and decision-making in social work, social work professional identity as well as research ethics. Currently, she is aiming to develop these topics in an international research group. Her research and teaching experience extend to gender as well as a social justice and inclusion take on different social groups. She is often engaged as a lecturer in an international arena (Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, USA) as well as a contributor in international research (Austria, Germany, Japan, Kosovo, Macedonia, Sweden, etc.). She has experience as an editor, reviewer in 8 scientific journals, translator and thesis advisor.

Furthermore, she leads the Social Work Chapter of the Slovenian Sociological Association; she was a vice-chair of the European Social Work Research Association (ESWRA); and has been active in Eastern-European Sub-Regional Association of Schools of Social Work. Additionally, she co-founded the Society for Business Ethics and Ethical Leadership; and is also a member of a few ethical committees in various institutions (i.e. Slovenian Human Rights Ombudsman Office).

She is employed as an assistant professor and postdoctoral researcher at the University of Ljubljana, where she received her PhD. The doctoral thesis, which she partially developed as a Fulbright scholar (at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) was recognized as the most excellent research work in social sciences in 2013 with an award by the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SAZU).


Dr. Annika Staaf is responsible of module A3 international law of the Master program SWHR.

She is assistant professor in social work with a speciality of Legal Science. Her research- interest concerns mainly Constitutional law, administrative Law and Human Rights. My PhD thesis described the rule of law in facilities providing involuntarily care and treatment for drug addicts in accordance with a Swedish legislation, The Care of Alcoholics and Drug abusers special provisions Act.

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Dr. Ingo Stamm is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. He completed the German MA program “Social Work as a Human Rights Profession” in 2008 and received his PhD in Sociology at the University of Siegen in 2015. In his dissertation he examined the human right to social security in Germany and Finland. Apart from his academic work he has also long-standing work experience as a social worker in the field of children and youth services and in human rights based NGO work. He teaches and does research in fields such as social protection and poverty, children ́s rights, social and solidarity economy and eco-social work.


Irena Šumi, Ph.D. is an Anthropologist, specializing in anthropology of ethnicity, nationalism and boundaries; racisms and antisemitism; the Holocaust and survivors from Slovenia; Slovenian Jewry; Native American political history of the 20th century; postcolony and postsocialism studies.

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Dr. Ronny Tikkanen is a a professional social worker and Associate Professor at the Department of Social Work at the University of Gothenburg where he teaches both undergraduate and graduate levels. His teaching areas dealing with research methods and gender and sexuality. He is course coordinator for courses at the advanced level and teach about sexuality, prevention and human rights and he has completed several large surveys in the area of sexuality and hiv-prevention. He is also a member of the executive committee of the EASSW (European Association of Schools of Social Work).


Knut Vesterdal is an Associate Professor in Social Studies Education at NTNU.

Reasearch and Fields of Interest:

  • Social studies- and history education
  • Human rights and Human rights rducation (HRE)
  • Genocide: agents, mechanisms and conditions
  • Political theory, international politics and humanitarian intervention

Relevant Publications:

Ph.D.dissertation: "the roles of human rights education in Norway. A qualitative study of purposes and approaches in policy and in upper secondary schools"

Vesterdal, Knut. (2016): Human Rights Education Through the Lens of Violation: Developing Critical,  Active Citizenship or Constructing National Identity?. Crossing Borders. Combining Human Rights Education and History Education.

Vesterdal, Knut. (2011): "Prisoner no.424: Josef Grabowski" ("Fange nr.424: Josef Grabowski.") Historieformidling - fra teori til praksis (English translation of the article). In C. Lenz & T.R. Nilssen (Eds.), Fortiden i nåtiden - Nye veier i formidlingen av andre verdenskrigs historie (pp.163- 187). Oslo: Universitetsforlaget.

Vesterdal, Knut. (2007): Conclusion: Building Liberal Democracy in Croation. Democratic Transition in Croation: Value- transformation, Education, and Media.

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 Prof. Darja Zaviršek, PhD. is sociologist, professor and chair of the „Department of Social Justice and Inclusion - Disability studies, gender and ethnicity" at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Work and the honorable professor at the Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences Berlin. Since 2008 she is the president of the Eastern European Sub-Regional Association of the Schools of Social Work, at the IASSW and the board member of the IASSW. She was the co-founder and chair of the Indosow- International Doctoral Studies in Social Work, 2009-2014. She is the national representative in the Academic Network of European Disability Experts ANED at the level of the European Commission, EU. She supported the development of social work education in several Eastern European countries (Ukraine, Georgia, Kosovo) and was recurrent visiting professor at different universities: Central European University (2005-2015, Gender Programme); University of Banja Luka (2000-2007, Dept of Social Work); University of Kiev Mohlya, Kiev, Ukraine (1997- 2010, Dept of Social Work); Tbilisi State University (2010-2015; doctoral studies Gender Programme); Univ. of Zuyd, Maastricht (1998-2011; international master programme). Currently she teaches at the Master Programme of the University of Applied Science Alice Salomon Berlin, "Social Work as a Human Rights Profession".

Areas of research: gender, disability, ethnicity studies, history of social work, violence. From 2012 – 2015 she served as the board member of the European Social Work Research Assitoation – ESWRA and in 2015, she was the organising Chair of the 5th European Social Work Research Conference in Ljubljana. In 2016 she was the International Hokenstad Lecturer at the anual CSWE conference. In 2017 her article "The humanitarian crisis of migration versus the crisis of humanitarianism: current dimensions and challenges for social work practice" became awarded as the International Social Work Article in the Social Work Education International Journal. She wrote, edited and co-edited 17 books in Slovenian and English language and wrote over hundreds of scientific and professional articles.

Selected books:

Darja Zaviršek (2000), Disability as a Cultural Trauma. Ljubljana cf.

Darja Zaviršek (2005), "With Diploma it was Easier to Work!" The 50th Anniversary of social work education in Slovenia. FSD, Ljubljana.

Shula Ramon and Darja Zaviršek eds (2009), Critical Edge Issues in Social Work and Social Policy. Comparative Research Perspective. Faculty of Social Work, Ljubljana.

Darja Zaviršek & Birgit Rommelspacher & Silvia Staub Bernascone eds.(2010), Ethical Dilemmas in Social Work. International Perspective. Faculty of Social Work, Ljubljana.

Darja Zaviršek (2012), From Blood to Care: Social Parenthood in Global World. [Od krvi do skrbi: socialno starševstvo v globalnem svetu] Aristej, Maribor. (in Slovenian language);

Darja Zaviršek, Ana Marija Sobočan eds (2012), Rainbow Families Go to School: Perspectives of Children, Parents and Teachers FSD, Ljubljana.

Dr. Sezai Ozan Zeybek received his PhD in Geography from The Open University in UK. He worked as an Associate Professor at Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey.

Dr. Zeybek works on more-than-human collectives and ecologies, state violence, militarism and different constructions of manhood. His recent publications include a study of stray dogs in Istanbul, livestock killings in the Kurdish region of Turkey during the forced displacement of the Kurdish population in the 1990s or the criminalisation of goats during the appropriation of forests in the early Republican period of Turkey. He teaches on how agriculture, financial capital and human health relate to each other or how human’s treatment of animals has been affected by the energy systems humans could extract.

He also writes children’s stories.

Research interests

Cluster A
Postcolonial studies
Spatial-temporal formations of modernity

Cluster B
Land dispossessions
More-than- human collectives 
Animal Studies
Ecological Movements

Cluster C
Masculinity Studies & Militarism
Fatherhood & Parenting

Selected Articles

Citizenship and Objection to Military Service in Turkey In: Handbook of Citizenship, eds. Engin Isin and Jack Harrington, London: Routledge, 2014 [co-author Hilâl Alkan Zeybek]

Fraudulent” Citizens Of A Small Town: Occidentalism in Turkey

Antipode, Volume 44, Issue 4, 2012

Small Towns in Turkey: Footnotes in Somebody Else’s History

Journal of Historical Sociology, Volume 24, Issue 1, 2011

Geçmişle Yüzleşmek: Türkiye’de ve Almanya’da Hafıza Siyaseti [Politics of Remembering: A Comparison of Germany and Turkey], Cogito, Issue 90, 2018

Ekolojinin Politikası: Yeni Sınırlar, Yeni Aktörler [The Politics of Ecology: New Borders, New Actors], Toplum ve Bilim, Issue 138/139, 2016

Biyo-Politika, Güvenlik ve Anti-Piyasalar: Türkiye'de Endüstriyel Hayvancılığın Seyri [Biopolitics, Security, and Anti-Markets: Industrial Cattle Breeding in Turkey],Toplum ve Bilim, Issue 138/139, 2016

Fenni Ormancılığın Keçiler ve Köylülerle İmtihanı: Sömürge İmparatorluklarından Ulus Devletlere Orman Koruma [Scientific Forestry and Criminalised Goats: The Pursuit of Forest Preservation from Colonial Empires to Nation States], Toplum ve Bilim,Issue 137, 2016

İstanbul'un Yuttukları ve Kustukları: Köpekler ve Nesneler Üzerinden Bir İstanbul Tahlili [The Metropolis of Stray Dogs and Discarded Materials: Rescaling the City and Its Ecology], book chapter in Yeni İstanbul Çalışmaları, eds. Ayfer Bartu and Cenk Özbay, Istanbul: Metis Yayınları, 2014

Avrupa Düşüncesinin Talî Unsurları: Kölelik ve Sömürgecilik [Slavery and Colonialism in the European Enlightment], İnsan & Toplum3(6), 2013

"Bu Bebeğin Annesi Nerede?" Cinsiyet, Babalık ve Armağan İlişkileri [“Where is The Mother of This Baby?” Gender, Fatherhood and Gift Relations], Toplum ve Bilim, Issue 126,2013

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We regularly organize German classes for beginners at the start of each new academic year. Even though our program is completely held and guided in English, we invite all our students to take the chance and learn a little bit more about Berlin and Germany.


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Although our university does not offer any financial support for graduate students yet, we, however, provide you with a distinctive compilation on institutions offering scholarships in our download section.

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Empowerment and Awareness

The Empowerment, Awareness and anti-racist institutional opening of ASH Berlin (EmpA) aims to improve the study conditions of international students, students with a refugee background and students of color through various offers such as PowerExperts, an expert Forum for international and BIPoC students to present their researches, or PowerTalk, where students can arrange individual and confidential talks with the EmpA team. You can find more information about EmpA and their offers here.

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