Building upon the lessons below, learners will also critique assigned articles, participate in discussion boards, compose a comprehensive essay on the subject “How shall my nation respond to international refugees?” and participate in a comprehensive International refugee care simulation.
- Download the Syllabus for the International Refugee Care Course
Week 1: Global Refugee Crisis: Regional Destabilization & Humanitarian Protection
- Tensions exist between the interests of host state security and refugee security.
- Today’s global refugee crisis is exacerbated by national and international weaknesses.
Week 2: The End of the 1951 Refugee Convention: Dilemmas of Sovereignty, Territoriality, and Human Rights
- Important elements of the United Nations 1951 Refugee Convention.
- Powerful factors that today threaten application of the 1951 Refugee Convention.
Week 3: The Syrian Refugee Crisis and Foreign Policy Decision-Making in Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey, AND The Refugee Crisis in Europe: Shortening Distances, Containment and Asymmetry of Rights
- Nations taking advantage of refugee crises to extract national gain.
- More just approach to managing refugee crisis without prioritizing national gain.
- Key factor provoking the 2015 European refugee crisis.
- Impact of closing national borders upon refugee migration.
Week 4: Approaches to the Design of Refugee Camps
- Major factors to be considered in the design of a refugee settlement.
- Advantages and disadvantages of urban versus rural refugee encampments.
Week 5: Migrant and Refugee Populations: a Public Health and Policy Perspective on a Continuing Global Crisis, AND The Health Impacts of the Refugee Crisis
- Major health conditions to which refugees are especially likely to suffer.
- Interventions that refugee managers often must take to assure refugee health.
- Major health conditions suffered by refugee women and children.
- Factors in the setting of a refugee settlement that make healthcare unique.
Week 6: Refugee Mental Health and Child Health
- Acute, short-term mental health interventions are most appropriate for refugees.
- Ways by which refugee children’s basic human rights are most often violated.
Week 7: Primary Care for Refugees: Challenges and Opportunities
- Special healthcare services frequently required by newly resettled refugees.
- Ways that healthcare providers can incorporate refugee care into their practice.
Week 8: Resolution & Repatriation
- Principles most important in guiding refugee repatriation.
- Potential alternatives when repatriation is not possible.