Refugees and Asylum Law

Summary

This course gives a broad overview of refugee studies and contemporary challenges within the field. The course combines legal, theoretical and policy approaches and covers the central concepts relating to the study of refugees and asylum, the state of the world’s refugees and displaced persons as well as the role of governmental and intergovernmental institutions in national and international refugee work, the relation between international, EU and national asylum law from a historical and a contemporary perspective.

Admission requirements

Thirty credits within the field of social sciences.

Selection:

credits 32% final grades 34% national university aptitude test 34%

Syllabus

Syllabus for students spring 2020, spring 2019, spring 2018, spring 2017, spring 2016

Course Code:
IM142L revision 2
Level of specialisation
G1F
Main fields of study:
No main fields
Language:
English
Date of ratification:
18 November 2015
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
18 January 2016

Entry requirements

Thirty credits within the field of social sciences.

Specialisation and progression relative to the degree regulations

The course is not part of a main field of study.

Purpose

This course will provide the foundations necessary for students to develop a critical understanding of the study of refugees and asylum seekers.

Contents

The course gives a broad overview of refugee studies and contemporary challenges within the field. This course covers the central concepts relating to the study of refugees and asylum, the state of the world’s refugees and displaced persons, the role of governmental and intergovernmental institutions in national and international refugee work, the relation between international, EU and national asylum law from a historical and a contemporary perspective. The course combines legal, theoretical and policy approaches.This course therefore covers the central concepts relating to the study of refugees and asylum, the state of the world’s refugees and displaced persons, the role of governmental and intergovernmental institutions in national and international refugee work, the relation between international, EU and national asylum law from a historical and a contemporary perspective. The course combines legal, theoretical and policy approaches.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course the student shall be able to demonstrate:

  • A critical understanding of the basic concepts, issues and theoretical debates which pertain to the study of refugees and asylum seekers, and an ability to apply this knowledge to analyse specific refugee situations.
  • A contextual knowledge of the historical background, content and function of the 1951 Refugee Convention, and an appreciation of the reach, limits and tension between international, EU and national asylum laws.
  • Familiarity with the role of governmental, intergovernmental and international institutions in refugee work, as well as an understanding of the reasons and impact that inclusion of the protection of internally displaced persons (by typically refugee relief organizations) has had on the refugee and asylum field.
  • A critical appreciation of the experiences of displacement and exile in different situations, and an ability to use such knowledge and practical examples from Europe and other parts of the world, in the analysis of specific refugee situations.
  • Knowledge of the current state of durable solutions offered by the international refugee regime and the relation of these dynamics to other political developments such as conflict, intervention and peace processes.

Learning activities

Teaching is principally in the form of lectures and seminars. Independent reading and research is expected throughout the course.

Assessments

The student’s performance is appraised by means of:

  1. One group task (5 credits) assessed as pass or fail
  2. One take home exam (10 credits), which will be graded A-U.
The examinations test the student’s knowledge, understanding and ability to critically analyse refugee and asylum issues covered in the course, as well as skills relating to the application of core concepts.

Retake
Students who do not pass the regular course exam have a minimum of two re-take opportunities. The re-take exam follows the same form as the original exam. The re-take of group work takes the form of individual written and/or oral assignments.

Grading system

Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).

Course literature and other teaching materials


  • Gibney, Matthew (2004) The Ethics and Politics of Asylum: Liberal Democracy and the Response to Refugees, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge
  • Webber, Frances (2012) Borderline Justice: The Fight for Refugee and Migrant Rights, Pluto Press, London.
  • Whittaker, David (2006) Asylum Seekers and Refugees in the Contemporary World, Routledge, London

+ Compendium

Course evaluation

The University provides students who participate in or who have completed a course with the opportunity to make known their experiences and viewpoints with regards to the course by completing a course evaluation administered by the University. The University will compile and summarize the results of course evaluations as well as informing participants of the results and any decisions relating to measures initiated in response to the course evaluations. The results will be made available to the students (HF 1:14).

Interim rules

If a course is no longer offered or has undergone major changes, students will be offered two re-take sessions based on the syllabus in force at registration during a period of one year from the date of the implementation of the changes.

Other Information

The Language of instruction is English.

Contact

The education is provided by the Faculty of Culture and Society at the department Department of Global Political Studies.

Further information

Cecilia Hansson, Student Services Assistant
Phone: 040-6657165
Ioana Bunescu, Course Responsible
Phone: 040-6657382

Application

15 January 2018 - 25 March 2018 Day-time 100% Malmö

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 21000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 21000 SEK

21 January 2019 - 31 March 2019 Day-time 100% Malmö Application period for this offer starts 17 September 2018.

20 January 2020 - 15 March 2020 Day-time 100% Malmö Application period for this offer starts 16 September 2019.