Forced Displacement and Integration

This interactive Forced Displacement and Integration online course aims to strengthen capacity for forced displacement and integration in humanitarian contexts.

This course reviews recent developments in research around forced displacement and most especially integration, and offers a critical comparative overview of integration policy in a number of Western contexts with a focus on the UK.

It is suitable for professional development, both for those wishing to explore the field of integration and for those with significant experience in the field who wish to broaden their understanding with further critical and comparative engagements. It is also suitable for postgraduate students interested in forced displacement and integration.

Forced Displacement and Integration: The course in brief

The course material builds upon the substantial research and field experience of Dr. Alison Strang, who has informed integration policy in the UK over recent decades, as well as the experience of course convener Dr. Arek Dakessian to create a lively and comparative learning environment that draws upon a variety of critical perspectives towards a more holistic understanding of integration research, policy and practice.

The three units involve learning and discussion around:

  • the history of forced migration and forced migrants as a category and its implications on refugee and integration policy in the present day;
  • key theoretical frameworks, policy innovations and evidence-based practice around refugee integration in the UK and relevant comparative contexts; and
  • a critical overview of the global politics of forced displacement and refugee integration.

How will I be taught?

Structure, duration, delivery and outcomes

Structure: This is a single module. 

Duration: 5 weeks

Delivery: The course is delivered online.

Outcomes: Those completing the course for academic credit will be awarded 15 credit points (equivalent to one-twelfth of a Master's degree award). This course can be taken for professional development without academic credit. For more information, visit our CPD Course Page.

Teaching, learning and assessment

Participants registered on the course will work through three units of material featuring readings, narrated powerpoints, podcasts, documentaries, policy documents and research reports over a five-week period. A discussion board provides the context for interaction between participants, course facilitators and guest lecturers and panel discussants. Those wishing to gain academic credit for the study will be required to complete an individual written assignment as well as a collaborative group presentation.

Forced Displacement and Integration: Entry requirements and application information

Entry requirements

Those wishing to gain academic credit for the course must meet the entry requirements as an Associate Student for Master's level study.



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