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Refugees And Internally Displaced Persons In Contemporary World Politics

COURSE CODE: IRD 7213
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: International Relations and Diplomatic Studies, Master
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: College of Humanities and Social Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Postgraduate

Course Content and Outline

Introduction (6 hours)    

  • Who is a refugee?
  • What is forced migrants?
  • Types of Refugees
  • Types of Forced Migrants

Internal Displacement (9 hours)    

  •  Internal Displacement in Africa
  • International protection principles for IDPs
  • National Principles for protection of IDPs

Effects of Refugees and Forced Migration on Social Structures of states    (6 hours) 

  • Family and kinship ties
  • Leadership
  • Gender roles
  • Education
  • Livelihoods
  • Culture and Heritage

Humanitarian Law in forced migration (6 hours)    

  • Prisoners of War
  • Un-accompanied children
  • The elderly
  • The disabled
  • Wounded persons

 Refugee Law and Resettlement of Refugees    (9 hours)       

  • Principle on non-refoulement
  • Rights of refugees in a host country
  • Camps vis-à-vis Settlement options
  • Re-integration with nationals/host communities
  • Resettlement to a third country

Repatriation of Forced Migrants (9 hours)      

  • Relevant legal documents and articles
  • The repatriation process
  • The social worker in the repatriation process
  • Challenges of repatriation
  • Reintegration of returnees

MODE OF DELIVERY

  • Lectures
  • Reading assignments
  • Practical assignments
  • Documentaries

INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS AND / OR EQUIPMENT

  • Whiteboard and Markers
  • Flip Charts
  • LCD Projectors
  • CDs, DVDs and Tapes