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Postgraduate Course: International Migration and Refugee Law (LAWS11504)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryInternational Refugee Law will familiarise students with key instruments and legal principles within the international refugee law framework, international protection, and issues of forced migration and other categories of migration from a human rights perspective. It will cover core concepts that pertain to asylum, international treaties, including regional treaties, as well as policy, push and pull factors, durable solutions, and root causes of migration.
Course description Students will gain an understanding of concepts surrounding asylum, refugee status determination, internal displacement, statelessness, human trafficking and smuggling, citizenship and borders, economic and labour migration, environmental migration, the domestic use of immigration-related terminology, as well as politicisation, misconceptions, the criminalisation of migration, and immigration detention.

Specific vulnerabilities and an intersectional view of oppression in the context of persecution will be analysed such as issues of gender, age, disability, sexual orientation and identity, and persons at heightened risk. Students will be encouraged to critically analyse and engage in ongoing academic debates and to link the ideologies that underpin international human rights law as they pertain to refugees and migration vis-à-vis the realities of the impact of migration on individuals. They will also gain an understanding of conducting research of refugees and migrants, country of origin information, and the ethics of researching vulnerable communities that include refugees and migrants.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  25
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1500 Word Essay (25%)
3500 Word Essay (75%)
Feedback Feedback will be available at regular points through this course.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Students will be able to plan and execute a research project both in a group and individual setting.
  2. Critical research skills will be developed.
  3. Advanced practical application of the law will be acquired through the course through in-class discussions and activities, as well as individual research.
Reading List
Please see the Course Materials folder on Learn for each seminar¿s individual reading lists.

Prior to each seminar, students are required to read that week¿s assigned readings categorised as ¿essential reading¿. Readings categorised as ¿further reading¿ are optional, but encouraged.

Because seminars are not taught or lectured, but rather based on a model of participation, critical engagement, and discussion, it is vital for students to arrive at each seminar having read the material in advance and prepared to discuss it.

Students have the option to form study groups with their peers in order to divide the readings and share general points and contexts of individual reading materials. Some students may find study groups to be useful for managing reading loads and for stimulating discussion.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
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Course organiserDr Dalia Malek
Tel: (0131 6)50 9772
Course secretaryMs Susanna Wickes
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