Course Description

This course offers deep knowledge and information about the different groups of people on the move (labor migrants, refugees, internally displaced, asylum seekers, and others), and  the multiple causes and consequences of such movements of people. It also provides a global overview of displacement and migration numbers and trends; drivers of population movements; impacts on origin, transit and host countries; and policy responses to population movements. 

Specifically, the course will cover the major theoretical explanations underpinning displacement and international migration; global migration and refugee governance; differences and trends in national policies, especially refugee resettlement and labor migration; integration experiences of immigrants in host countries; and connections between migration and displacement and other issues as security, development and environmental change. Finally, the certificate will illustrate how research questions are answered in an effort to enhance existing knowledge and improve policies and practices.

Course Objectives

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

  • Understand current patterns and trends related to displacement and global migration, including the number and characteristics of those on the move at global, regionally and national levels

  • Understand differences among those on the move, including refugees, internally displaced persons, asylum seekers and others

  • Articulate the causes of displacement and migration, drawing from both theory and empirical evidence; 

  • Describe the global refugee and migration governance frameworks and how they articulate the rights of people on the move and the responsibilities of origin, transit and destination countries; 

  • Assess the interconnections between international migration and other transnational issues, such as development, security and climate change

  • Discuss and articulate strengths and weaknesses of the national policy frameworks governing the admission of migrants, control of irregular migration, protection of refugees and other forced migrants, etc.

  • Understand the integration process of immigrants, and the resettlement process of refugees, in destination countries 

  • Learn how to ask and answer relevant research questions about these issues 


Students should bring a laptop or other mobile device to access additional online instructional content.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates


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9:00AM to 5:00PM
Jul 27, 2020 to Jul 31, 2020
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Tuition non-credit $4,995.00
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