Postgraduate Course: Displacement and Development (PGSP11369)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course examines some of the key questions that displacement raises for those concerned with development. How should the international community respond to refugee crises? Can transnational diaspora help build peace - or ferment war? Should we distinguish between migrants from poverty, those fleeing conflict or other civilians trapped in crisis? Do labels like "refugee" "IDP" and "asylum seeker" serve to provide humanitarian protection - or legitimise political containment?
Development and Displacement will provide students with the necessary tools to frame their own critical answers to such questions, through examining theory and a number of case studies including (but not limited to) Afghanistan, Somalia, Uganda, Rwanda, Kosovo, Guatemala, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Syria. Examining key issues in Forced Migration studies - with a particular focus on movements in conflict and crisis - the course will allow students to analyse not only the dynamics of acute displacement crises, but also the policy responses that have helped to shape the longer-term politics of "migration management".
Week 1: What is forced migration? Labels, categories and "the refugee problem"
Week 2: Legal approaches: Conventions, soft law and humanitarian protection
Week 3: The dynamics of displacement: causes and consequences
Week 4: The journey: choices in flight (smuggling, trafficking)
Week 5: From emergency to everydaylife: from the camp to the city
Week 6: Innovative learning week
Week 7: From humanitarianism to development: unlocking protracted displacement?
Week 8: Towards durable solutions: Resettlement and experiences of displacement in the West
Week 9: Local integration
Week 10: Repatriation and peace-building
Week 11: Migration as a solution?
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- At the end of the course students will be able to:
-Critically examine the complex causes and policy categorisations of displacement
- Assess the scope of international laws and conventions governing the protection of the displacement
-Analyse and critique humanitarian and development responses to displacement
-Critically assess the relationship between "migration" and "displacement" and policy implications of this framework
|Betts, A. (2009), Forced Migration and Global Politics, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford|
Gibney, M. (2004) The Ethics and Politics of Asylum: Liberal Democracy and the Response to Refugees, Cambridge University Press
Goodwin-Gill, G. and McAdam, J. (2007) The Refugee in International Law, 3rd ed., Oxford University Press
Harrell-Bond, B., (1986) Imposing Aid. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Loescher, G. (2001). The UNHCR and world politics: A perilous path. Oxford: Oxford University Press
Loescher, G., Betts, A. and Milner. J., The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR): the politics and practice of refugee protection into the 21st century. Routledge, 2012 (2nd edition).
Long, K., The Point of No Return: Refugees, Rights and Repatriation, Oxford: Oxford University Press
Malkki, L.H. (1995) Purity and Exile: Violence, Memory and National Cosmology Among Hutu Refugees in Tanzania, University of Chicago Press, Chicago
Price, M. (2009) Rethinking Asylum: History, Purpose, Limits. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Zolberg, A., Suhrke, A and Aguayo, S. (1989) Escape From Violence: Conflict and the Refugee Crisis in the Developing World. Oxford University Press: New York
Many working papers and other resources are free online (often earlier versions of the same papers!):
New Issues in Refugee Research (UNHCR) - http://bit.ly/gWteM8
Refugee Studies Centre Working Papers, University of Oxford ¬¬- http://bit.ly/QTrohH
Forced Migration Online Digital Library ¬- http://bit.ly/1bpTszr
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Catherine Long
|Course secretary||Mr Fraser Maxwell
Tel: (0131 6)51 1183