Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3177: The Refugee Crisis in the Modern World

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

Term 1

1.  Introduction: International Refugee Regime: Overview of the crisis.

2.  Film and Discussion

3.  Refugees and the study of International Relations

4.  Refugee Status Determination: Interviews

5.  Refugee Status Determination: Case Reviews

6.  Reading Week/Speaker, Discussion

7.  International Refugee Regime: UNHCR

8.  International Refugee Law

9.  Speaker, Discussion

10.  Other International Agencies

11.  Speaker, Discussion

12.  Revision Week/Speaker

Term 2

13.  Durable Solutions 1: Repatriation

14.  Durable Solutions 2: Local Integration; Durable Solutions 3: Resettlement

15.  Reparations, Transitional Justice and Reconciliation

16.  Post-conflict agreements and refugee participation

17.  Syrian Refugee Crisis simulation

18.  Syrian Refugee Crisis simulation

19.  Syrian Refugee Crisis simulation

20.  Protection gaps: IDPs, women, children, religion and non-state actors

21.  UNRWA and the Palestinian case

22.  Environmental Displacement and the Refugee Crisis

23.  Exam preparation and Final Lecture: Protracted Refugee Situations and Historical Injustices: A converging discourse?

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and teaching activity 1414 hours of lectures
Scheduled Learning and teaching activity 3030 hours of seminars involving group work where students learn from each other through group discussions, simulations and collaborative presentations.
Guided Independent study156Preparing for and completing coursework
Guided Independent Study100Reading for seminars

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).