DSP3400 Refugees & Displaced Persons

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Gary Fujino

Course Description:

Focus on issues such as the nexus between forced and voluntary migration, the Mediterranean refugee crisis, transition from relief to development, internally displaced populations, refugees/displaced persons, immigration patterns, refugee protection, and national security issues. Particular attention to creating contextually-appropriate missional responses for various refugee and voluntary migration scenarios.

How This Course Benefits Students:

The bachelor’s level course is intended to be both an introduction and an intensification of topics covered in other diaspora courses but with an emphasis on refugees and displaced persons as specific diaspora populations. The masters course assumes basic knowledge of the issues for these populations. It is designed to further equip the student to effectively engage refugees and displaced persons using the analytical framework described to evaluate causes and consequences of their situations. This assessment tool will be developed for the purpose of sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ and for assisting students to evaluate and engage these specific communities with goals of generating a life-giving witness and effectual outcomes that benefit the population as a whole.

Why This Course Is Important:

The study of refugees and displaced persons is a burgeoning field in academic studies because the diasporic flow of these peoples globally has such a powerful impact. Media coverage has raised awareness, funding and involvement. Agencies and ministries require personnel equipped to handle the ever-changing dynamics with flexible thinking, methods and practice, prepared for rapid responses to crises when they arise