Universität Wien FIND

240508 SE Reading Ethnographies and other Sources on Migration and Flight (P3, P4) (2016W)

Case Studies from the Greater Middle East

Continuous assessment of course work

Participation at first session is obligatory!


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 40 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 11.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal C, NIG 4. Stock
Tuesday 10.01. 11:30 - 14:45 Hörsaal C, NIG 4. Stock
Wednesday 11.01. 13:15 - 16:30 Seminarraum A, NIG 4. Stock
Tuesday 17.01. 13:15 - 16:30 Hörsaal C, NIG 4. Stock
Wednesday 18.01. 13:15 - 16:30 Übungsraum (A414) NIG 4. Stock
Tuesday 24.01. 09:45 - 13:00 Übungsraum (A414) NIG 4. Stock
Wednesday 25.01. 09:45 - 13:00 Seminarraum A, NIG 4. Stock


Aims, contents and method of the course

Course content:
This seminar aims to highlight the causes and impact of migration and flight from war-torn areas of the Greater Middle East (in particular from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan). In addition, it will focus on refugees from these regions now living in Austria. The seminar will provide basic background information to prepare the field research practice course scheduled for the spring term 2017 in Austria.
Students aiming to participate in this field research seminar are therefore requested to actively participate in the seminar.

Methodological approach
Based on ethnographic studies the complex living conditions of forced migrants within their country of original and dispersed throughout the world will be studied. While the main focus will be on ethnographies and documentaries (e.g. reports on refugees and asylum seekers) other sources (e.g. blogs, stories by refugees etc.) will also be analyzed, thus allowing students to practice the use of ethnographies as sources for further investigations. Next to inputs by the instructor students will prepare presentations on specific topics.

English will be used as means of communication

Assessment and permitted materials

Information on course requirements:
* attendance in 80% of all courses (up to 3 units à 2 hours may be missed)
* active participation in course discussions, presentations etc.
* preparation of handout for own presentation (1 to 2 pages)
* circulation of handout of own presentation to all course participants including instructor; handout has to be sent 48 hours before the respective presentation
* submission of written paper via the KSA Info-Center only
Paper either in English or German - should cover approx. 4000 words without bibliography (that is approx.12 pages in 12 fonds, one spaced)
Word count has to be written on front page of paper.
Papers that are substantially longer than the 4000 word will not be accepted
Final deadline for paper submission will be February 28th, 2017.
No extension will be granted!!!!

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Information on Grading:
Participation in class room discussions 5 %
Quality of handout for own presentation (including on-time submission 5 %
Paper Presentation 30 %
Final paper 60 %

Sehr gut 100 % to 91 % of possible points
Gut 90 % to 76 % of possible points
Befriedigend 75 % to 61 % of possible points
Genügend 60 % to 51 % of possible points
Nicht genügend 50 % of possible points

Examination topics

Reading list

Will be announced in the first session

Association in the course directory

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