Course date

24 July - 4 August, 2000
Application deadline
15 February, 2000
Course Director(s): 

Arthur Helton

New York University, United States of America

Boldizsar Nagy

Department of International Relations, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Course Faculty: 

Alastair Ager

Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Elspeth Guild

Center for Migration Law, University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands

Will Kymlicka

Department of Philosophy, Queen's University at Kingston, Canada

Nuala Mole

AIRE Centre, London, United Kingdom

Dimitrina Petrova

European Roma Rights Center, Budapest, Hungary

Vello Pettai

Tartu University, Estonia

Endre Sik

Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest
The aim of the course is to offer an intensive interdisciplinary review of the law (with a focus on human rights) and other social sciences related to the refugee (forced displacement) phenomenon. Centered around a comprehensive approach to the process of forced displacement from its inception and its underlying causes to durable solutions, the course presents insights from a variety of disciplines -- including law, political science, international relations, sociology, social psychology, and other interdisciplinary inquiries such as the study of nationalism.
The course is designed for an audience with varied backgrounds. Scholars who are used to broad statements about "refugees" will investigate the law and associated issues at the universal level, with significant regional dimensions. Practitioners will become acquainted with the sociological problems of integration, and the psychological complexities of traumatized, isolated persons. After the course, each participant should have a deeper knowledge of forced displacement in his/her own field and a clear understanding of the interrelationships between the fields.  They should have the resources to develop a curriculum, conduct research, and analyze issues of forced displacement.
Course level and target audience 
Because of its interdisciplinary character, the assumption is that participants will have at least a basic level of knowledge of the topic within their own field of specialization, but have little or none in the other aspects of forced displacement.  The course is designed for a varied audience with different professional backgrounds, who nevertheless have common characteristics: they are educators or researchers associated with educational institutions, or graduates who are policymakers in their early to middle careers.