Universität Wien FIND

290022 SE Bachelorseminar in Human Geography: Dimensions of Forced Migration in Southeast Asia (2022S)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 29 - Geographie
Continuous assessment of course work


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


max. 25 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

So far, the course is planned to be taught in presence, following the so-called 2,5-G-rule (recovered, PCR-tested, and/or vaccinated).

Unexcused non-attendance at the first unit will automatically result in withdrawal from the seminar.

Wednesday 16.03. 09:00 - 13:00 Digital
Wednesday 06.04. 09:00 - 13:00 Seminarraum Geographie NIG 5.OG C0528
Wednesday 04.05. 09:00 - 13:00 Seminarraum Geographie NIG 5.OG C0528
Wednesday 18.05. 09:00 - 13:00 Seminarraum Geographie NIG 5.OG C0528
Wednesday 01.06. 09:00 - 13:00 Seminarraum Geographie NIG 5.OG C0528
Wednesday 15.06. 09:00 - 13:00 Seminarraum Geographie NIG 5.OG C0528
Wednesday 29.06. 09:00 - 13:00 Seminarraum Geographie NIG 5.OG C0528


Aims, contents and method of the course

Since the number of refugees is recorded globally, there have never been as many people fleeing wars, armed conflicts, the effects of natural disasters and climate change, aggressive developmental politics, and economic deprivation as today. According to the United Nations, the year 2020 saw 82.4 million refugees worldwide. In 2005, this number was at 37.5 million. Thus, it is little surprising that humanitarian assistance for refugees, receiving and integrating refugees in their host countries as well as combating the causes of forced migration have become core political fields of action of a global dimension with complex interconnections that are currently being debated controversially in civil society as well as in politics.

Although the topic of forced migration is constructed as an immigration phenomenon to Europe in most media, the largest forced migration movements take place within state borders or between neighboring states in the so-called Global South. Against this background, the seminar focuses a region – Southeast Asia – that has been characterized by significant forced migration movements for decades, but is rarely present in the German-speaking media.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees estimates the number of refugees in Southeast Asia at 3.37 million in 2017. Far higher, however, is the number of those displaced in the region within national borders. The Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC) estimates the number of internally displaced people in Southeast Asia for 2017 at 5.9 million. At the same time, the region has one of the weakest protection frameworks for refugees worldwide.

The seminar will deal with different dimensions of forced migration movements based on case studies from Southeast Asia. These include drivers of forced migration, migration routes, accommodation and livelihoods of refugees, vulnerability in the context of forced migration, protection standards, durable solutions (integration, repatriation, resettlement), gender in the context of forced migration, and the role of national governments, confederations, and international refugee aid organizations such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Methodologically, the seminar is structured as a research and writing workshop in preparation of the Bachelor thesis, which will offer the students the opportunity to create a scientific research paper in groups of two or three along clearly defined work steps that will be facilitated by the course instructors. This will include both continuous feedback from the course instructors and peer feedback from the participants.

Assessment and permitted materials

The following requirements must be fulfilled in order to pass the course:

• regular attendance and active participation
• own research work
• in class presentation of reserach topic and research question
• written peer-feedback
• in class presentation of research proposal
• in class presentation of research results
• writing of a term paper (10 pages, to be submitted by 15 July, 2022)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Attendance in at least 80% of the course sessions. In the case of illnesses that are confirmed by a doctor's note, additional absenteeism can be compensated by additional written assignments.

The overall grade for the class will consist of an in class presentation of the reserach topic and the research question (10%), a written peer-feedback (10%), an in class presentation of the revised research proposal (20%), an in class presentation of the research results (20%) and a written term paper (40%). All assignments have to be passed individually in order to pass the course. An assignment is passed with a minimum grade of 4.

Grading scheme:

100 - 87,5 % - grade 1
87,5 - 75 % - grade 2
75 - 62,5 % - grade 3
62,5 - 50 % - grade 4
less than 50% - grade 5

The evaluation criteria for the individual assignments can be viewed on Moodle and will be explained in detail in the seminar.

Examination topics

The examination will encompass the assignments as outlined in the course requirements.

Reading list

Non-exhaustive list of recommended literature:

Nawyn, Stephanie J. "Managing the undesirables: Refugee camps and humanitarian government.",: 57-58.

Afifi, T. & J. Jäger (Hrsg.) (2010): Environment, Forced Migration and Social Vulnerability. Berlin: Springer.

Castles, S. & M. J. Miller (2003): The Age of Migration. International Population Movements in the Modern World. 5th ed. New York/London : Guilford Press.

Cohen, R. (2004). The guiding principles on internal displacement: An innovation in international standard setting. Global Governance, 10(4), 459-480.

Collyer, M., Düvell, F., & De Haas, H. (2012). Critical approaches to transit migration. Population, Space and Place, 18(4), 407-414.

de Haas, H. (2008 ). The Myth of Invasion: The Inconvenient Realities of African Migration to Europe. Third World Quarterly , 1305 – 1322.

Düvell, F. (2012). Transit migration: A blurred and politicised concept. Population, Space and Place, 18(4), 415-427.

Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E., Loescher, G., Long, K., & Sigona, N. (Eds.). (2014). The Oxford handbook of refugee and forced migration studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Geiger, M. & A. Pécoud (Hrsg.) (2010): The Politics of International Migration Management. Layton-Henry, Z. & D. Joly: Migration, Minorities and Citizenship. Basingstoke / New York: Palgrave.

Hillmann, F. (2016): Migration. Eine Einführung aus sozialgeographischer Perspektive. Stuttgart.

Husa, K., Parnreiter, C., & Stacher, I. (Hrsg.) (2000): Internationale Migration: die globale Herausforderung des 21. Jahrhunderts? (Vol. 17). Brandes & Apsel.

International Organization of Migration (IOM) (2016): Fatal Journeys Volume II. Identification and Tracing of Dead and Missing Migrants. Genf. Online: https://www.iom.int/news/fatal-journeys-vol-2-new-global-report-iom (20.08.2016).

Massey, D.S., J. Arango, G. Hugo, A. Kouaouci et al. (1998): Worlds in Motion. Understanding International Migration at the End of the Millenium. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Mathew, P., & Harley, T. (2014). Refugee protection and regional cooperation in Southeast Asia: a fieldwork report. Online: https://openresearch-repository.anu.edu.au/bitstream/1885/11662/1/Mathew%20&%20Harley%20Refugee%20protection%202014.pdf

McConnahie, K. (2014). Forced Migration in South-East Asia and East Asia. The Oxford handbook of refugee & forced migration studies, 626-638.

Nuscheler, F. (2013). Internationale Migration. Flucht und Asyl (14. Aufl.). Springer.

Samers, M. (2010): Migration. Key Ideas in Geography. London / New York: Routledge.

Skeldon, R. (1997): Migration and Development. A Global Perspective. Essex: Longman.

Stange, G. (2018): Flucht und Vertreibung in Südostasien. In: Husa, K., Korff, R. und H. Wohlschlägl (Hrsg.): Südostasien. Gesellschaften, Räume und Entwicklung vom 19. bis zum 21. Jahrhundert. Wien: new academic press, 77-94.

Stange, G. & Sakdapolrak, P. (Hrsg.) (2018). Focus: Forced Migration. Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies, 11(2). Online: https://aseas.univie.ac.at/index.php/aseas/issue/view/202/showToc

The Refugee Studies Centre/ The Norwegian Refugee Council/Global IDP Project (Hrsg.) (2011). Armed non-state actors and displacement. Forced Migration Review, 37. Online: https://www.fmreview.org/sites/fmr/files/FMRdownloads/en/non-state.pdf

Online verfügbare Literatur sollte selbstständig heruntergeladen werden. Die angegebene Präsenzliteratur wird im Semesterapparat des Seminars in der Bibliothek des Instituts für Geographie und Regionalforschung bereitgestellt.

Association in the course directory

(BA GG 7.1) (BA UF GW 16)

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