Subjects

Course Content and Teaching Methods
The course is a full-time study, and the weekly schedule consists of app. 30 lessons, app. 2 hours practical work and at least 12 hours homework in the form of books, papers, written assignments and oral presentations. The teaching is communicated through lectures, dialogue, sharing of experience, group work, exercises, excursions, study trips, practice and participant presentations. 

 
 

Module 1: Church and Civil Society 
a. Diakonia (Christian practice/social work) 
b. Civil Society & Sustainable Development Goals
c. Dialoque with Authorities and Media
d. Civil Society Study Trip to Copenhagen
e. Culture and Faith Dialogue 

Module 2: Project Work                    

Module 3: Organizational Management
a. Organizational Development
b. Value-based Leadership
c. Counselling and Mentoring
d. Communication
e. Personal Study Week in Local Community

Module 4: Other Subject
a. Introduction to the Diaconal College and to Denmark
b. Study Skills
c. Family Time
d. Farewell Party
e. Re-entry
 f. Evaluation
g. End of Term 

Course Description

Module 1: Church and Civil Society

A. Diakonia (Christian practice / social work)
Goal
The participant is able to formulate, communicate and discuss her/his experience of and her/his view on diakonia as a characteristic of the mission of God and the life of the church. The participant will visit different organizations working with diaconal and social issues and get inspiration and concrete ideas for diaconal projects, which can be carried out through congregations and church based organizations.

Topics included
- The holistic mission of the triune God and diakonia
- The purpose and concepts of diakonia
- The methodology of diakonia: To see your neighbor and respond
- Diakonical spirituality: To become a neighbor
- Diakonical church
- Institutionalized diakonia

B. Civil Society & Sustainable Development Goals
Goal
The participant gets an understanding of the fundamental concepts of citizen participation, civil society, rights-based development and the importance of church and church based organizations taking an active role in civil society. The participant will meet key persons from different civil society organizations and get inspiration and concrete ideas for development projects, which can be carried out through congregations and church based organizations.

Topics included
- Social capital, development, rights & civil socie
- Sustainable Development Goals Roleplay
- SDGs, citizen participation, rights & governance
- Development, tax, trade and corruption
- A faith-based perspective on rights
- Poverty & violence
- Reflecting the inclusive love of God in reaching out to vulnerable groups and minorities
- Religion and development, role and resources of faith-based organizations, and freedom of religion or belief
- Alcohol and addiction, prevention and rehabilitation
- Understanding children

C. Dialogue with Authorities and Media
Goal
The participant is able to work on positive changes in society by engaging in a constructive dialogue with authorities. Furthermore the participant will get concrete tools and ideas for raising awareness about development issues and how to speak up on behalf of the poor and marginalized based on examples from ‘best practices’ in concrete diaconal/ development work.

Topics included
- Church based development work, using local resources and talents, mobilizing churches in constructive civic engagement
- Dialogue with authorities in practice - planning, documentation, mobilization, networks, coalitions & evaluation
- Dialogue with authorities - lobbying
- Media - communication and strategy

D. Civil Society Study Trip to Copenhagen
Goal
The participant gets practical insight into dialogue with authorities and the work of Danish church based organizations working with development and diakonia. 

Topics included
In the capital of Denmark the participants will visit the Danish parliament, Christiansborg, in order to discuss development and social issues with one of the members of the Parliament. Furthermore they will visit different development and diaconal organizations to get acquainted with their vision, mission and working methods.

E. Culture and Faith Dialogue

Goal
The participants will attain the essential awareness of how differences in religion and culture conditions communication. The purpose is to strengthen the participants intercultural communication skills. This enables the participant to network with people of different denominations and religions, thus being more effective in impacting his/her local community. 

Topics included
- Intercultural communication
- Islam and Christianity

Module 2: Project Work
Goal
The participant will attain the ability to plan, monitor and evaluate development activities on the basis of a comprehensive overview of all aspects of a typical project cycle. The course focuses on project planning, using an adapted version of the Logical Framework Approach (LFA), employed by Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DANIDA), and a number of Danish development organizations, as well as other objective oriented planning tools.

Topics included
- Project management, defining development and good development
- Problem analysis, problem tree, participation analysis, context analysis, objective tree, target group/stake holder analysis
- Climate changes and development work
- LFA matrix – objectives, inputs, activities, outputs, indicators, assumptions, sustainability
- Project economy, finance - budget, accounts, receipts, guidelines, checklists etc.
- Income generating activities and sustainability in project
- Change triangle
- Writing application, preparing and performing presentation. Evaluation
- Visit CISU (Civil Societies in Development) - Development projects seen from a donor´s perspective

Module 3: Organizational Management

A. Organizational Development
Goal
The participant will attain strategic skills in facilitating organizational development in their local diaconal/ development organization by learning concepts regarding organizations and their relations and obtaining an understanding of phases and objectives in development and change management. Furthermore the participant will learn to facilitate corporate analysis, reflection and goal-orientation in their local setting. This will empower the participant to take on responsibilities of management in diaconal/ development organizations and support his/her organization in fulfilling their objectives and reaching their goals

Topics included
- Working with volunteers – recruitment and motivation
- Organizational development - organization, vision, strategy, SWOT, change
- Decision making, accountability, credibility, appreciative inquiry, partnership
- Time management and effective meetings, evaluation

B. Value-based Leadership
Goal
The participant will be better acquainted with leadership values developed in Danish culture and thereby reasons for misunderstandings between him/her and the Danish partners will be reduced. The participant is inspired to further develop leadership qualities and abilities and to consider how his/her leadership can be based on values like servanthood, confidence, openness, integrity and compassion. In this way the participant will be able to facilitate diaconal/ development work on the basis of diaconal values.

Topics included
- Leading with a serving attitude and teamwork
- Handling leadership conflicts
- Leadership starts with the leader
- Strength-based leadership
- Leadership skills, styles & roles
- Gender perspective on roles and leadership
- Leadership based on values
- Leadership development and situational leadership
- The personal life of a leader
- Participation in the Global Leadership Summit

C. Counselling and Mentoring
Goal
The participant is able to support and communicate effectively with co-workers, volunteers and beneficiaries within his/her organization and will be introduced and trained in personal non-judgmental communication skills and basic counselling through theory and role play.

Topics included
- Counselling, mentoring, dialogue and active listening

D. Communication

Goal

The participant is able to communicate effectively with an audience, whether addressing potential sponsors or volunteers about the importance of his/her work, giving a short devotion to different age groups or preparing an entertaining program. The participant will be trained in these skills through practical exercises.

Topics included
- Communicating with an audience and presenting your work
- Communicating and cooperating with children and youth in church and projects
- Preparing presentation at the Farewell Party

E. Personal Study Week in a Local Community
Goal
The participant gets insight into citizen participation and organizational values and practice in a local European community. He or she will get an understanding of how the society is organized – in families, churches, schools, public institutions and volunteer social organizations, as well as gain inspiration to use for future diaconal/ development work.

Topics included
- A program planned for the individual participant by or in co-operation with the participant´s sponsoring organization.
- The program includes organizational management, church & civil society, project work and, if possible, a home stay with a family.
- A written assignment after Personal Study Week, to help the participant reflect on what he/she has experienced and learned.

Module 4: Other Subjects

A. Introduction to The Diaconal College and Denmark
The participant gets introduced to rules and daily life at the college as well as a short introduction to Denmark and the Danes.

B. Study Skills
The participant gets acquainted with the "Danish" methods of teaching with emphasis on student participation, group work, homework etc. The participant will through different exercises be introduced to our expectations, when it comes to written assignments and receive a short introduction to Power Point, Excel and IT-security.

C. Family Time
Every second week the participants have a “Family time”, where they can share life and faith and discuss common issues.

D. Farewell Party
At the end of the course the participants are responsible for a Farewell Party, where friends, partners, hosts from the Personal study week as well as teachers and students from the Diaconal College are invited.

E. Re-entry
Reflection on what is learned and setting goals for how to use it when the participant returns to his/her sending church/organization.

F. Evaluation
Each module will be evaluated together as a class and through individually written reports. These reports will be sent to our partner organizations and will be used for adjusting the curriculum. After completing the course the participant should expect to be asked to write an evaluating report on his/ her benefit from participating in the course. 

G. End of Term
Finishing the course together, having personal evaluation talks with the course director and cleaning the class-room and dormitories.