Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC3141: Displacement and Migration in the Middle East

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.

Module Aims

This module aims to equip you with the conceptual and theoretical tools necessary for understanding the increasing of displacement in the ME. It will familiarise you with the latest research on displacement and encourage you to develop a critical perspective in analysing existing research. You will be exposed to a variety of methodological approaches and challenges in research on Migration and displacement. Among the topics covered are the issue of displacement, confinement, exclusion, labour migration, national and transnational citizenship from the forced migration of Armenians to Palestinian dispossession, reaching the present days characterised by statelessness, sectarian politics and human trafficking from Iraqi refugees to the incumbent Syrian diaspora. The course examines migration and refugee issues with a special emphasis on questions related to identity, representation, citizenship, culture, gender, politics and human rights, while focusing on the Middle East and North Africa, the course aims at locating the topic in a global perspective, now that refugees and forced displacement are becoming the defining feature of the 21st century, with over 70 million people displaced in the world.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Understand the key theoretical debates, concepts and issues surrounding the phenomenon of migration and displacement.
2. Demonstrate that a displacement framework can provide considerable insight into crucial aspects and dimensions of the wars.
3. Understand the forces that have been at the origin of migration, displacement, exclusion and Diasporas in the MENA region in the last 150 years.
Discipline-Specific Skills4. Critically apply concepts learnt in a global perspective and develop critical arguments.
5. Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of existing research.
6. Use and analyse cross-disciplinary data relevant to specific issues.
Personal and Key Skills7. Display an ability to conduct critical analyses and evaluation of different topics.
8. Work independently and with peers to achieve goals.
9. Enhance presentation skills.