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By the end of this course students will be able:
- to understand how asylum has evolved since 1945
- to apply theories relating to forced migration to empirical case studies
- to analyse contemporary asylum debates from an historical perspective
- to compare and contrast Ireland and Europe’s experiences of asylum with other countries and continents
- to complete research project based in particular on primary source material.
The module addresses such topics as:
- Who is a refugee and what obligations do states and societies have to provide asylum?
- Sources and methods
- European refugees after 1945
- Palestinian refugees in the Middle East since 1948
- Vietnamese boat people in the 1970s and 1980s
- Cold War vs non-Cold War refugees in the Caribbean
- Refugees in East Africa
- The Irish experience
- The refugee ‘crisis’ on the Mediterranean
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Seminar (or Webinar)||
|Specified Learning Activities||
|Autonomous Student Learning||
Not applicable to this module.
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Continuous Assessment: Class participation||Throughout the Trimester||n/a||Graded||No||
|Presentation: Selection and group presentation of a primary source||Throughout the Trimester||n/a||Graded||No||
|Presentation: Presentation of research project||Week 10||n/a||Graded||No||
|Essay: The research paper can be about any theme that relates to the course. The papers should be based on problem-oriented research using primary and secondary sources and be approximately 5000 words.||Week 12||n/a||Graded||No||
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
Feedback is given individually and to the class, verbally and in writing, throughout the semester. Feedback on end-of-semester essays is given individually and to the class on drafts and essays plans before final submission, and by appointment after submission and grading.