The four 15-credit modules are:
Cross-Cultural Aspects of Advice and Support (delivered in November)
The capacity to work in a culturally attuned, sensitive and yet robust manner with international students is fundamental to the role of the international student advisor in education. This cultural aspect is heightened in a policy context where the requirements of compliancewith Tier 4 regulations may equally require cultural sensitivity to the specific needs and situation of some international students.
This module is therefore primarily concerned with the international student experience and the role and responsibility of the international student advisor to ensure that the student experience is articulated, honoured and responded to in a culturally appropriate, and where necessary, robust manner.
The module considers: the student experience of cross-cultural differences at different levels of the institution and the impact on their well being and capacity to engage in learning; enhancing advisers' awareness and sensitivity to cultural issues and how their use of (acculturated) self impacts the effectiveness of their work with students, colleagues and the wider institution; approaches to handling sensitive issues within a cross-cultural environment; reflective practice.
Advice-Giving and Client Care (delivered in February)
Central to the role of the professional advisor working with international students in education is a high degree of self-awareness, emotional resilience and maturity, and sound communication skills. The process of self reflection and critical self-analysis by the advisor is central to the development of an effective working alliance with their international clients.
This module sets out to create a working environment in which students are able to work with others to develop their understanding of theoretical models of support and advice giving, and their awareness and knowledge of self as a practitioner. This process is facilitated through an in-depth exploration of the nature and effect of difference on self, other and relationship and the phenomenology of transition, stress and growth.
Particular attention will be paid to the application of advanced intrapersonal and interpersonal skills to support the development of reflective practice. The skills of reflective journal and case study writing will be explored.
The module therefore considers issues of theoretical models; the role of emotional, practical and cognitive coping; resilience and vulnerability; identity formation; enculturation; reflective practice; structured advice giving; counselling skills; case study writing.
Ethical and Legal Frameworks and the role of the International Student Advisor (delivered in April)
Central to the role of the professional working with international students in an advice and guidance capacity is the ability to access, understand and translate legal documents to ensure compliance. Good practice suggests this is mediated by the advisers' understanding of ethical principles guiding the interpretation of frameworks, and discernment in the management of individual casework.
This module creates a working environment in which students develop confidence and competence to access and interpret ethical and legal frameworks; to discern what they may or may not advise students to do, and where they may or may not challenge decision-making and procedures.
This learning is facilitated with reference to the specific role of the international student advisor and draws on participants' professional experiences, within the context of compliance requirements on the one hand and Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) regulation of advisors on the other. Further, participants will learn to make judicious risk assessments and identify competent practice within given limitations.
The module invites students to consider: Their personal positioning in terms of values, beliefs and principles that relate to ethical decision-making; navigating and translating legal documentation (eg rules, guidance, case law); understanding legal procedures: tribunals, appeal processes etc; compliance issues; undertaking risk assessments; and report writing.
Managing Complexity: Enhancing the Student Advisor's Influence and Impact (delivered in June)
The international student adviser plays a key role in balancing institutional compliance re immigration frameworks with the advice and guidance needs of the individual. They have a responsibility to reflect on their work and discern key themes, recurring issues and challenges which warrant further action on the part of the institution, and develop the awareness and understanding of others in order to influence attitudes, procedures and policy in the wider institution.
This module sets out to create a working environment in which you develop the confidence and competence to influence awareness and understanding of others and contribute where necessary, to policy and procedural review within the institution. This learning will be facilitated with reference to the role of the international student advisor as a manager of complex dynamics related to role, responsibility leader and therefore attend to the development of their leadership skills.
Particular attention will be paid to the application of advanced intrapersonal and interpersonal skills to deepen reflective practice.Influential presentation and report writing skills will be explored. The module therefore considers issues of: change leadership; reflective practice; influencing skills; self-care; and report writing.
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.