Issues in Forced Migration

Key information

Start date
End date
Term 1
Module code
FHEQ Level
Department of Development Studies

Module overview

This module provides an introduction to the study of forced migration in the developing world, and aims to provide students with a broad understanding of various types of forced migration, the causes and consequences of displacement, and key contemporary questions in the field. The module draws on a range of theoretical approaches to understand the structural, historical, and political nature of forced migration, and highlights the relationship between underdevelopment and forced migration.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

By the end of the module, students should have:

  • Familiarity with the terms and principles of international refugee law and with changing patterns of forced migration over the second half of the 20th century.
  • A critical understanding of the workings of the international refugee regime and its principal actors, including UN agencies (especially UNHCR), NGOs and Governments.
  • Awareness of the social and political dynamic negotiated by forced migrants and of the agency of such communities
  • Insight into debates surrounding the interface between humanitarian aid and development aid in refugee and returnee affected areas.
  • Understanding of the search for solutions to refugee situations, as well as of challenges to these.
  • Familiarity with a relevant body of the main information resources and refugee related literature, and a firm grasp of the concepts and debates in the field.


Teaching takes place through a weekly 1 hour lecture and 1 hour tutorial.

Method of assessment

100% coursework. Each student will be expected to submit an in class poster presentation worth 25% of the final grade and an essay worth 75% of the final grade. Resubmission of coursework regulations apply.


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