Migration, Development and Human Rights

The course aims to provide the participants with the necessary tools to understand and to discuss the interface between migration, development and human rights at the global level.

5 ECTS Credits — Studies start 16 March 2020 — Åbo Akademi University

Photo Credit: European Commission DG ECHO 2013 on Flickr
Photo Credit: European Commission DG ECHO 2013 on Flickr

Course dates

16 March 2020 – 17 May 2020

Registration period

1 January 2020 – 1 March 2020

Coordinating university

Åbo Akademi University

Instructors

Maija Mustaniemi-Laakso

Credits

5 ECTS

Course dates: 16.03.2020-17.5.2020
Registration dates: 01.01.2020-01.03.2020
Coordinating university: Åbo Akademi University
Responsible teacher: Maija Mustaniemi-Laakso ()
Credits: 5 ECTS

Course summary

The course aims to provide the participants with the necessary tools to understand and to discuss the interface between migration, development and human rights at the global level. The topics covered approach migration from development and human rights perspectives identifying and discussing critical issues in the contemporary international arena in terms of migration management. To this end, the course will outline and discuss the main legal instruments, actors and structures within the relevant fields; discuss some of the main causes for and impacts of migration from a development and human rights perspectives; and analyse key issues of coherence between the legal and institutional frameworks within the migration and development fields.

The course will be structured around thematic modules, addressing inter-linkages between migration, development and human rights; the key instruments and actors operating within the migration and development fields; and the challenges in the relationship of human mobility and sustainable development.

Learning outcomes

After the course the participants are expected to:

  • understand and be able to discuss the main root causes for migration, such as conflict, poverty and climate change, and their links to development;
  • understand and be able to discuss the main actors and legal instruments relevant to the migration and development fields globally;
  • be able to apply central concepts of migration, such as forced and voluntary migration, and key concepts of (human rights-based) development; and
  • be able to critically reflect upon the mutual impact between development and migration; as well as the inter-linkages between global legal and institutional frameworks for migration and development.

Learning methods

Web-based course. The course is built on problem-based learning methods. The course will apply the following learning methods:

  • self-studying of online background materials (reports, articles, video and audio material);
  • problem-based assignments

Study materials

  • Key readings in the areas of migration and development, available online (such as electronic journals and e-books, UN official documents, conventions, UN treaty body reports, UNHCR and IOM reports); and
  • Lecture materials prepared by teachers (Powerpoint and Prezi presentations)

Assessment

The course consists of 135 hours of work and is examined through four assignments:

  • Assignment 1 (readings + 1-page individual assignment) 27h
  • Assignment 2 (readings + individual assignment) 27h
  • Assignment 3 (readings + 2-page individual written assignment) 27h
  • Assignment 4 (readings + 5-page essay) 27h + 27h

In the assessment, attention is paid to the learning objectives, the level of analytical understanding and application of the substance and key aspects of the course, and to adherence to the formal and substantive instructions. Students need to complete each of the four Assignments of the course in order to pass the course. The final grade will be calculated on a scale of 1-5. Individual and collective feedback will be given by the teachers upon completion of the four course assignments.

Additional information

The maximum number of students is 60, students are admitted on the basis of applications.

Prerequisites: basic knowledge of human rights law, public international law, international migration law, international refugee law, development studies or international relations is required of the participants.

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