PSCI 160
Refugees in International Politics Fall 2024
Division II Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity

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Globally, refugees seem to create, and be caught up in, chronic crisis. This course evaluates how this can be–how a crisis can be chronic, and for whom this chronic crisis is a solution. We investigate who refugees are, in international law and popular understanding; read refugee stories; examine international and national laws distinguishing refugees from other categories of migrants; evaluate international organizations’ roles in managing population displacement; look at the way that images convey stereotypes and direct a type of aid; consider refugee camps in theory and example; and reflect on what exclusion, integration, and assimilation mean to newcomers and host populations. In whose interest is the prevailing system? Who might change it, and how?
The Class: Format: tutorial
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 1704
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Ten essays: five lead, five response. The first two weeks' essay grades will be unrecorded.
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: first-year students, to be selected randomly from list of those enrolled.
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
WS Notes: In addition to writing every week, students will have a chance work on specific skills cumulatively.
DPE Notes: This course examines the way in which home states categorize people and oppress some, producing refugees; the way that host states categorize people and oppress some, using immigration to shore up the prevailing ethnic hierarchy; and why we worry about some of these categories of oppression more than others.
Attributes: PSCI International Relations Courses

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