PEAC388 Refugees, Rights and Responsibilities across the Contemporary World

Updated: 09 May 2018
Credit Points 6
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 3 Online
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites any 12cp or candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions PEPS288, PEAC488, PEAC588

Contribution to online discussion is encouraged.

Combined Units PEAC588 - Refugees, Rights and Responsibilities across the Contemporary World
Coordinator(s) Helen Ware (
Unit Description

This unique unit focuses on the experiences of refugees and forced migrants in the 21st Century from the joint perspectives of rights and responsibilities. Starting by exploring the conflicts which create refugees around the world, it compares and contrasts the responses of the developed countries to refugees and asylum seekers, especially over the past decade. In contrast, the poor developing countries' record of hosting millions of refugees is also examined.

The linkages between the political manipulation of refugee issues and the fate of multiculturalism and humanitarian values are a major focus, alongside the reasons for the particular global reactions to 'boat people'.

Refugees' own perspectives are voiced through their oral histories, writings and creative art.

Issues surrounding the creation and treatment of 'environmental refugees' are also explored.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. analyse individual country's legal obligations under the 1951 UN Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and the 1967 Refugee Protocol;
  2. demonstrate a broad and coherent body of knowledge and a global perspective on the factors which result in the creation of refugee out-flows;
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the history of developed country attitudes towards asylums seekers and refugees;
  4. describe government policies towards asylum seekers and refugees in a range of countries across the world;
  5. document the contributions made by earlier waves of refugees to their host countries; and
  6. engage in an informed discussion of the issues of racism, religious intolerance and empathy in the refugee context.