Refugees, Migrants, Borders and Walls

Fall 2020
Winter 2021
Sophomore - Senior
Class Size: 25
16 Credits per quarter
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This upper division political science program examines why so many countries in the world are building walls, fences and barriers on their borders.  There are now over eighty border wall-building projects in place around the world today and many other new restrictions on migration. At the same time, the world is witnessing the largest flow of migrants and refugees across borders since World War II. Forced migration is driving populations from Central America, the Middle East and West Africa, among other regions, to seek shelter and refuge, but the global refugee system seems to be in a period of crisis.  Why are we seeing walls go up while more people are seeking refuge? 

The Winter quarter of this program will look closely at how changes in the global capitalist system and the global climate are causing a new category of “survival refugees” to seek a better future outside their borders, while also causing wealthy countries to take measures to control their borders.  The program will also look at global solutions to these pressing international problems. 

To successfully participate in this program, students will need a computer with WiFi. Students can expect our remote teaching to be around 8 hours of synchronous (scheduled) coursework per week, using Zoom, Canvas and Slack. Our approach will emphasize participation in synchronous (live) sessions; however, if students find themselves unable to participate due to technology, caregiving obligations, economic disruption, health risk, or illness, they can work with faculty to pursue alternate options to earn related credit.


Fall 2020 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

So - Sr (16): 10206
Winter 2021 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

So - Sr (16): 20073

Academic details

Preparatory for studies and careers in

international politics, political science, migration studies, refugee studies

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Date Revision
2020-08-13 This program is now fully remote during fall quarter