6 July 2018
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Global Challenges: Local Responses to the International Refugee Crisis
Interested in learning about the international refugee crisis in Europe and how it plays out at the local level? This one-week introduction course focuses on the major features of global studies, delving into both theory and practice, from the perspective of the humanities, law, governance and economics. It explores specifically how global challenges are experienced and dealt with at the local level. Through lectures, interactive working groups, expert panels and excursion(s), participants will gain an understanding of the various elements - and their interplay - involved in the international refugee crisis.
The international refugee crisis can only be understood from a multi-disciplinary perspective. The legal, historical, economic and political aspects of this crisis all require attention. Moreover, we see that this international crisis has significant local effects. Not only are the actual physical interactions between refugees and locals in the cities and towns in which the refugees are sheltered, but local municipalities have a large responsibility when it comes to ensuring the human rights of the refugees are respected with regard to shelter and subsistence. Additionally, many cities have become explicitly engaged in the international refugee crisis by taking a political stance: some cities have announced themselves to be places where refugees are welcome, while others have explicitly taken measures against the arrival of refugees.
This one-week, comprehensive introduction course studies the international refugee crisis from a multi-disciplinary perspective, focusing on the humanities, law, governance and economics. We will start with an international perspective on the refugee crisis but subsequently zoom in on its local implications and will study the interplay between the international and the local. Each class will be taught either by an expert from one of the specialised Master’s programmes from UGlobe, for example from Conflict Studies and Human Rights, European Governance, European Law, International Relations in Historical Perspective and Public International Law or an expert with experience in the field. Using the theme of the refugee crisis and cities of refuge throughout the week, the experts will provide the knowledge and analytical tools to equip participants with the ability to engage with global challenges in innovative ways. Through lectures, interactive working groups, expert panels and an excursion, participants will gain an understanding of various elements - and their interplay - involved in global studies. The course is designed for bachelor and masters students with an interest in global studies.
Dr. Luuk Slooter
The course is designed for bachelor and masters students with an interest in global studies and the refugee crisis specifically. Students with professional experience in the area of the refugee crisis at a local or international level are also welcome.
The aim of the course is to shed light on the international refugee crisis from a multi-disciplinary perspective. In this way, the course equips students with the tools to analyze the interplay between the international and local levels of historical, legal and political developments. At the end of the course, students will be able to critically reflect on the academic, policy and personal implications of the materials/cases studied with regard to the international refugee crisis.
6 contact hours per day, for a minimum of 4 days.
2 hours reading per day.
Pass/fail mark on the basis of daily participation
EUR 495: Course and course materials
EUR 200: Housing
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