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Refugee Studies: Analysing the Rohingya Crisis and Humanitarian Response

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Course Description

This course is designed to offer a comprehensive study of Rohingya refugees, examining the different dimensions of the issues with a specialised focus on statelessness, humanitarian responses, anthropological perspectives, legal frameworks, and the implications of international influence. Students will critically analyse the crisis's historical, political, and social dimensions and examine the experiences of Rohingya refugees in different contexts.

The course begins by examining the conceptualisation of statelessness and its impact on the Rohingya population. Students will explore the trends and developments in refugee studies, gaining insights into the evolving nature of forced displacement and its implications for humanitarian responses and conflict resolution.



Anthropological and psychological perspectives will be emphasised. Students will explore trauma, resilience, and posttraumatic growth among refugees, understanding the psychological impact of displacement and violence on the Rohingya community. Students will also learn about the importance of tangible and intangible cultural heritage for the well-being of refugees.  The course will draw from anthropological theories and research methodologies to analyse the experiences of Rohingya refugees from a holistic perspective. A conflict perspective will be incorporated to examine the underlying causes and dynamics of the Rohingya crisis. Students will explore the historical roots, political factors, and ethnic tensions that have contributed to the displacement and marginalisation of the Rohingya population.From the legal framework perspective, the course will introduce the legal arrangements and conventions related to refugees, specifically focusing on the rights and protections afforded to Rohingya refugees. Students will examine the implications of international law, including the role of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in addressing human rights violations in the Rohingya crisis.

Learning Outcomes

Students will develop a comprehensive understanding of the Rohingya refugee crisis and the various factors influencing their experiences through a multidisciplinary approach encompassing history, law, anthropology, and human rights. They will be encouraged to critically analyse and propose solutions to the challenges Rohingya refugees face within local, regional, and international contexts.


12 Weeks

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