Course Description


Students are expected to complete approximately 10 hours of reading material before the one-week intensive course on Global Displacement and Migration.  The course will begin with an overview of global migration trends, including definitions and statistics on migrant flows, the causes and drivers of migration, different theoretical approaches to migration, the principal actors and underlying normative frameworks of migration. This will be followed by analysis of labor migration trends, different patterns of labor migration (e.g. circular, return migration), remittances and the relationship between migration and development. 

The course will then consider the international refugee regime, including trends and policies in protection and asylum, prospects for durable solutions, and the particular situation of internally displaced persons.  This will be followed by discussion of the specific challenges of integration of refugees and migrants into host societies and of responding to trafficking of human persons.  

The final day of the course will consider the challenges of environmental migration and displacement and issues in global governance of migration.  The last session of the course will also give students the opportunity to present and receive feedback on the topics for their final capstone papers.   The course will be structured with synchronous lectures and discussions from 9-12.30 (EST) each of the 5 days, followed by asynchronous activities in the afternoons, including online discussion forums and recorded guest lectures. 


The course will consist of lectures by experts in the field of migration as well as opportunities for discussing burning policy issues.  Guest lectures by experienced practitioners in the field will provide an opportunity to examine how basic principles of migration management, refugee protection and climate change are incorporated into policies and practice.  Students will be expected to contribute actively to class discussions.  


Capstone Project 

For the capstone, students will be given a set of questions and will choose one of these questions to answer in their final project. These final projects should be presented in power point, with narration for each slide in the notes section.  The capstone project will be further discussed during the one-week class. A discussion board about the capstone will also be set up on Canvas so that all questions and answers about the capstone project can be entered and shared with everyone.

Course Objectives

After completing the certificate, successful students will be able to: 

  • Interpret the principal root causes and drivers of migration;

  • Evaluate global trends and dynamics in migration;

  • Define and discuss the various categories and definitions used in the field of migration, including labor migrants, refugees, asylum-seekers, internally displaced persons, survivors of trafficking and environmental migrants;

  • Assess the strengths and weaknesses of the international legal frameworks and institutions governing different categories of migrants;

  • Describe the principal national, regional and international actors working with migrants and refugees; 

  • Identify the principal barriers and opportunities for integration of migrants and refugees;

  • Elucidate the principal consequences of both economic migrants and forced migration on countries of origin, countries of transit and countries of destination, including the role of migration in development;

  • Explain the intersection between security concerns and migration;

  • Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the principal durable solutions for refugees and displaced persons;

  • Apply knowledge of global migration to a specific issues through research and writing of a capstone project.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Live Online
M, T, W, Th, F
9:00AM to 12:30PM
Jan 09, 2023 to Jan 13, 2023
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Contact Hours
Course Tuition
Tuition non-credit $5,995.00
Section Notes

The course will be structured with synchronous lectures and discussions from 9-12.30 (EST) each of the 5 days, followed by asynchronous activities in the afternoons, including online discussion forums and recorded guest lectures. .


Welcome to Live Online!

Using the Live Online platform, Georgetown faculty deliver real-time online exceptional educational experiences based on a human-centered approach that integrates the needs of professional learners and the possibilities of technology.

Live online classes are small to support highly interactive engaged learning and collaboration, deliver the same learning objectives as classroom courses, and count towards the completion of a Georgetown certificate.

You will experience:

  • live lectures, discussions, activities, and the dynamic exploration of topics and concepts
  • the immediacy of live connections with the instructor and your peers to challenge and encourage innovative thinking and the meaningful exploration of ideas
  • scheduled lectures, discussions, and presentations with a comparable level of interaction as classroom attendance
  • networking and the creation of social connections with other professional learners in a global classroom


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