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POL 182 — Refugee Crises Across the Globe

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Wednesdays
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Date(s): Apr 13—May 18
Duration: 6 weeks
Drop By
Drop Deadline: Apr 26
Unit(s): 1 Units
Tuition: $265
Format: On-campus course
Status: Open
The surge in refugees from Africa, the Middle East, and West Asia to Turkey and Europe is the most recent chapter in an unfolding human story of transition and adaptation. A succession of migrations globally has energized debates about a number of salient issues, including: the causes of displacement; the motivations of those seeking safe haven; the risks for vulnerable people when official channels for moving to safer situations are restricted; the political, legal, and practical complexities for governments receiving large numbers of asylum seekers; and, what constitutes a humanitarian response and how to share these responsibilities. This course introduces students to key concepts and institutions governing the international legal and humanitarian system with respect to refugees. Against this backdrop, we will delve into the causes of migrations currently taking place; the discourses, conflicts, and policies in relation to them; and the implications and impact of various approaches. Using a variety of aesthetic and academic materials, including witness narratives, documentary, photography, reportage, academic research, and policy briefs, we will weave together the human experience and the processes shaping events.

Anupma Kulkarni, Fellow, Stanford Center for International Conflict and Negotiation; Co-Director, West Africa Transitional Justice Project

Anupma Kulkarni specializes in transitional justice, the ways in which postwar and post-authoritarian societies address matters of memory and accountability for human rights violations as part of the larger project of bringing about democratic change and reconciliation. She is co-directing a cross-national study on the impact of truth commissions and international criminal tribunals from the perspective of victims of human rights violations in Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Caroline Moorehead, Human Cargo: A Journey Among Refugees (ISBN 978-0312425616)
(Required) Ben Rawlence, City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp (ISBN 978-1250067630)