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.



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


Nations taking advantage of refugee crises to extract national gain.

More just approach to managing refugee crisis without prioritizing national gain.


Week 4: The Refugee Crisis in Europe: Shortening Distances, Containment and Asymmetry of Rights


Key factor provoking the 2015 European refugee crisis.

Impact of closing national borders upon refugee migration.


Week 5: 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 6: Migrant and Refugee Populations: a Public Health and Policy Perspective on a Continuing Global Crisis


Major health conditions to which refugees are especially likely to suffer.

Interventions that refugee managers often must take to assure refugee health.


Week 7: The Health Impacts of the Refugee Crisis


Major health conditions suffered by refugee women and children.

Factors in the setting of a refugee settlement that make healthcare unique.


Week 8: 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 9: 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 10: Resolution & Repatriation


Principles most important in guiding refugee repatriation.

Potential alternatives when repatriation is not possible.