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Refugees, Forced Migration and Displacement

Human Rights
Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

About This Course

Refugees are a central and important topic in today’s society, so this course focuses on the issues of forced migration, displacement and refugees related to conflict. This course addresses both scholarly and policy debates in an interdisciplinary perspective. Starting with the modern refugee regime that is divided into three phases and finishing with the ethics of research in the refugee population, the course covers the most important things about refugees resulting especially from conflicts, forced migration and displacement.

Course Content

1. The modern refugee regime and its origins

  a) First phase of collective recognition of refugees, which goes up until the II World War.

  b) Second phase of transition, which occurs during and shortly after the II World War.

  c) Third phase of individual recognition and other forms of protection, which begins with the establishment of UNHCR and entry into force of the 1951 Convention, continuing to the present.

2. Actors and institutions who are tasked with responding to refugee crisis and how their roles have changed

3. Critical historical case studies, both in the United States and abroad

4. The current refugee crisis in Europe and the Middle East

5. The asylum process in the US and in comparative perspective

6. Debates about conducting research with vulnerable populations such as refugees and displaced persons

  a) Ethics of research in Refugee population


Fiddian-Qasmiyeh E., The Oxford Handbook of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, Oxford University Press, 2014

Newman E., Selm J., Refugees and forced displacement: International security, human vulnerability, and the state

The Refugee Crisis in Europe and the Middle East: A Comprehensive Response, International Rescue Committee, 2016

S. Megan Berthold, Kathryn R. Libal, Refugees and Asylum Seekers: Interdisciplinary and Comparative Perspectives