Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Global Politics and the Refugee Regime
Academic Year
Semester 1
Exclusive (Any Acad Year)
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Briefing report  1500 Words  40%
Semester Assessment Essay  2000 Words  50%
Semester Assessment Seminar Presentation  10 Minutes  10%
Supplementary Assessment Report in lieu of seminar presentation  500 Words  10%
Supplementary Assessment Briefing report  1500 Words  40%
Supplementary Assessment Essay  2000 Words  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the historical emergence of the International Refugee Regime

Identify and distinguish in detail between the various international, regional and domestic frameworks involved within the international refugee regime

Critically evaluate and engage with key concepts such as borders, security, identity, language and labelling in regards to the framing of the refugee

Critically analyze international and local humanitarian responses to the problem of global displacement and connect to wider security, socio-political and economic issues.

Brief description

The objective of this module is to introduce students to the legal and political issues of the international refugee regime. The module will cover the history of the refugee regime, examining the institutional structures and conventions, as well as examining regional frameworks, the significance of concepts such as borders, securitizations and militarization of refugees, in additional to media representations of refugees. The module will then offer a domestic approach, examining three states internal asylum policies before finishing with 3 extensive case studies of various refugee crises. Students will be introduced to the refugee regime at the international level, before engaging with legal/political frameworks, domestic settings and then in-depth case analysis of contemporary refugee crises.


  • Origins of the Refugee Regime
  • Institutional Legal Framework
  • Regional Refugee Frameworks
  • Borders, Security and Militarization of the Refugee
  • Media Framing of the Refugee
  • 3 Domestic Case studies (e.g. Britain, Australia, United States)
  • 3 Contemporary Crises (e.g. Europe, Rohingya, South Sudan).

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication Students will learn how to present their ideas verbally and in writing. They will practice expressing their ideas clearly and coherently and to be direct about aims and objectives. Students will also learn how to listen, respect and respond to the ideas of others. Students will practice building strong arguments supported with evidence
Improving own Learning and Performance The module aims to develop students’ capacity to enjoy learning. Module convenor will create a supportive environment which promotes structured approach to learning and students’ self-management. Students will receive assistance in setting themselves realistic goals. Students will be expected to work under their own direction and initiative whilst preparing their written assignments. This includes making decisions about the subject of their interest, gathering sources, formulating an argument and constructing a narrative.
Information Technology Students will enhance their proficiency using Blackboard, where materials to support learning will be made available. Students will also develop skills in searching for, and assessing the validity of, online information sources as part of preparation for lectures, seminars and assessed tasks. Assessed work will be presented in electronic format, according to standard expectations.
Personal Development and Career planning The module is designed to assist students’ personal development and to hone their professional skills. By the end of this module students should feel confident working within a group and effectively communicating their ideas to other team members. The module will help them develop skills in systematically gathering information and expressing themselves clearly in writing. They will practice self-management and working to a deadline. Students will also improve their computing skills.
Problem solving Students will improve their problem solving skills in several ways. The written assignment will encourage students to develop a strategy of searching for, collecting and classifying relevant materials and literature. It will help them build analytical and critical thinking skills necessary to evaluate the problem (essay question) and to make decisions (decide on the answer and line of argumentation). Seminars will involve tasks prompting students to: reason logically, consider similar cases, look for patterns divide issues into smaller problems.
Research skills Students will be required to undertake independent research in order to complete the assessed work. This will involve making use of a range of information sources, including journal articles, electronic publications, and online news sources. Students will learn to focus on information relevant to the discussion topic or task. In addition to the library catalogue they will be encouraged to make use of the Google Scholar platform and REF World.
Subject Specific Skills Students have the opportunity to develop, practice and test a wide range of subject specific skills that help them to understand, conceptualise and evaluate examples and ideas on the module. These subject specific skills include: * Collect and understand a wide range of data relating to the module * Evaluate competing perspectives * Apply a range of methodologies to complex historical and contemporary social and political problems.
Team work Students will have numerous opportunities to work in a team. For many of the topics of this module, seminars will consist of small-group work. Teams will be tasked with several types of activities, such as: policy memo writing, role-paly and debate. This will give students the opportunity to practice their research skills, communication skills, negotiation skills and solution finding in a team environment.


This module is at CQFW Level 6