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Vulnerable groups of the population face traumatic experiences. The definition of vulnerability and the way that traumatic experiences are reflected in the narratives of vulnerable groups and reproduced by the media and the cinema are in the center of this module. Different vulnerable groups and their traumatic experiences are leaving indelible marks on collective consciousness and cultural identities. Inclusive and sustainable business model, the co-creation of business with the poorest communities are presented as a solution for seamless social inclusion.

This module consists of four parts:

  1. The first part addresses the subject of defining vulnerability (ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, religious preference, age & gender), the barriers for inclusion, the cultural identities, and the relationship between personal and collective traumas
  2. The second part refers to mediatization of traumatic experiences, the representations of trauma in the cinema and news stories
  3. The third part consist on the integration of the most vulnerable groups by the investment on inclusive and sustainable business model, and the
  4. Fourth part tackle the role of cultural mediators and carers supporting the integration of vulnerable groups and the ethical approach to vulnerability and traumatic cases.

During this course, the involved partners will define vulnerability and investigate the consequences of traumatic experiences and the ways for a smooth social integration. Examples and cases studies will highlight the issue of smooth integration and the role that cultural mediators can play at national and local level. The leader of this module and the participants are committed to design and develop a module of approximately 42 teaching hours, to pilot this course as an elective to currently enrolled master students and to ensure an effective evaluation in light of the coherence of the final common master curriculum.

IO4 BOOK: VULNERABLE GROUPS AND TRAUMA, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Press (ISBN 978-960-466-281-4)