01:30 PM to 04:10 PM T
Robinson Hall B218
Section Information for Spring 2015
This course is designed to provide students with deeper understanding about the complexity of refugee and internal displacement in terms of legal, socio-economic, political and cultural aspects. Causes of displacement and its impact on people and societies will be explored. Students will also study and reflect on the role local and national governments, non-government organizations (NGOs) as well as the international community play in addressing problems faced by refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), especially in terms of relief assistance and humanitarian services. Cases from various parts of the world, particularly Karen refugees and the IDPs in Mindanao will be utilized as tools for learning. A 1-EL component with the i-Fight Against Displacement and Human Trafficking movement at Mason, an advocacy via kiosk, and a visit-interview with any organization or program that works on refugee or displacement related issues must be completed in order to pass the course. Two major cases to provide a human face to the concepts and theories will be explored in class: Karen refugees on the Thai-Burmese border and the IDPs in Mindanao, Philippines. New Century College competencies covered in this learning community are communication, global understanding, critical thinking, civic engagement, well being, and group interaction.