Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM161: Forced Migration in International Relations

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits30 ECTS Value15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Irene Fernandez-Molina (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


The module will provide an advanced introduction to the key historical, socioeconomic, legal and political issues in Forced Migration Studies. It will focus on the international refugee regime, the wider global governance of forced migration and the international cooperation problems that affect these from the perspective of various theories of International Relations (IR). In addition to policy responses such as migration containment, asylum, protection and humanitarianism, IR theories will be applied to critically analyse the root causes of different forms of forced displacement – state-building processes, postcolonial legacies, North-South divide and economic (under)development, authoritarianism, conflict and insecurity, environmental degradation, gender inequality – and their consequences – socioeconomic stress, conflict diffusion, impact on peace-making and peace-building, securitisation, inter-state (non)cooperation. The emphasis will be on the dialogue between IR and Forced Migration Studies.

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