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290135 PS Dimension of forced migration in Southeast Asia and East Africa (2019S)

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



max. 20 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

No show in the first session will result in the deregristration from the course.

Friday 15.03. 12:00 - 17:00 Seminarraum 2A310 3.OG UZA II
Friday 12.04. 12:00 - 17:00 Seminarraum 2A310 3.OG UZA II
Friday 10.05. 12:00 - 17:00 Seminarraum 2A310 3.OG UZA II
Friday 07.06. 12:00 - 17:00 Seminarraum 2A310 3.OG UZA II
Friday 28.06. 12:00 - 17:00 Seminarraum 2A310 3.OG UZA II


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 2017 saw 68,5 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 on two regions – Southeast Asia and East Africa – that have been characterized by significant forced migration movements for decades, but are 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 region East Africa - in particular Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda - is characterized by complex migration movements, which have a significant share of refugees and internally displaced persons. In the region itself, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda are the main receiving countries of refugees from the region. Uganda, with more than 1.2 million refugees, hosts the largest number of refugees, followed by Ethiopia with over 800,000 refugees due forced migration movements from South Sudan. Eritrea, Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan are particularly affected by protracted forced expulsions and forced migration movements.

The seminar will deal with different dimensions of forced migration movements based on case studies from the above-mentioned regions. 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, 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. The seminar will be held on five blocked dates: (1) thematic and methodological input, topic assignment; (2.) presentation of the topic and the research question; (3.) presentation of the research proposal with feedback; (4) presentation of the revised research proposal; (5.) presentation of the research results.

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 31 July, 2019)

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

Examination topics

The examination will encompass the work items as outlined in the course requirements.

Reading list

All texts for compulsory readings can be downloaded in the Moodle course.

Association in the course directory

(MG-S4-PI.f) (MG-S6-PI.f) (MG-W5-PI) (L2-b4) (L2-b-sLV) (L2-d2) (L2-d-zLV) (MA UF GW 02)

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