Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3046: The Refugee Crisis in the Modern World

This module descriptor refers to the 2012/3 academic year.


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Mick Dumper (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


There are nearly 32 million refugees, internally displaced and stateless people in the world today. They matter because they are people in need of protection but also because their situation both reflects and are a cause of further regional instability. In this module you will examine the various phases of the refugee crisis, the international frameworks and the solutions that are being pursued.  The emphasis will be to ensure that you have an understanding of the differing perspectives – that of the refugee, that of the key international actors and that of the donor community and humanitarian agencies. Some seminars will take the form of simulated refugee crises and provide an opportunity to engage with different case studies.

Module created

1st October 2009

Last revised

10th February 2012