International Migration and Refugee Problem

Course Code: 
SPRI 406
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Course Objectives: 
In this course after processing migration terms, migration theories, migration types, main causes and consequences of migration, various issues such as migration from Turkey and to Turkey, international migration, migration policies of the States, diasporas will be analysed.
Course Content: 

In this course different dimensions og migration such as economic, political, demographic, social and cultural, which is becoming more and more important in the international area will be analysed. In addition refugee issue will be examined under international law, and the actions of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHRC) and International Migration Organization (IOM) will be included. Issues such as integration, assimilation and discrimination in the countries where immigrants migrate, are also important for the content of the course. 

Course Methodology: 
1: Lecture, 2: Question-Answer, 3: Discussion
Course Evaluation Methods: 
A: Exam, C: Home work, KS:Short exam

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Course Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes Program Learning Outcomes Teaching & Learning Methods Asssesments Methods
1) Presents the importance of migration on history and gives the basis of migration terminologies and classification. 7,11,13,15 1,2,3 A,C
2) Presents the main sociological theories of migration, and the most influential empirical studies conducted on this topic. 4,7,11 1,2,3 A
3) Provides an interdisciplinary perspective for understanding the diverse causes, consequences and contexts of contemporary international immigration. 4,13,15 1,2,3 A
4)Examines the transnational journeys of migrants and refugees. 4,13,14,15 1,2,3 A
5) Analyzes the link between migration, identity and culture, together with a focus on minorities and diasporas. 4,7,10,13 1,2,3 A,C
6) Discusses how population migrations have the power to transform societies—at the global and local level, in origins and destinations. 4,7,10,11,14,15 1,2,3 A,C

Course Flow

Week Topics Study Materials
1 Introduction: Understanding Migration / Terms  
2 Migration Theories-1  
3 Migration Theories-2  
4 Migration and International Law   
5 Labor migration - Brain Drain - Forced Migration  
6 Irregular Migration - Border Walls   
7 Midterm  
8 International Migration Flows and Migration Management-1  
9 International Migration Flows and Migration Management-2  
10 Minorities and Diasporas-1  
11 Minorities and Diasporas-2  
12 Migration History of Turkey-1  
13 Migration History of Turkey-2  
14 Migration History of Turkey-3  
15 General Overview  
16 Final exam  

Recommended Sources

Textbook CASTLES Stephen, MILLER Mark J., BAL Bülent Uğur, AKBULUT İbrahim, Göçler çağı: Modern dünyada uluslararası göç hareketleri, İstanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi, 2008.
FAIST Thomas, Uluslararası göç ve ulusaşırı toplumsal alanlar, Bağlam Yayıncılık, 2003.
KAYA Ayhan, ŞAHİN Bahar, Kökler ve Yollar: Türkiye’de göç süreçleri, İstanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi, 2007.
Les migrations internationales de la fin du dix-huitième siècle à nos jours, Éditions du Centre national de la recherche scientifique, 1980.                                                                                                  WITHOL DE WENDEN Catherine, Atlas des Migrations Internationales, Autrement Editions, 2016.
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Mid-terms 1 100
Quizzes 0 0
Assignment 0 0
  Total 100
  Total 100



Course’s Contribution to Program

No Program Learning Outcomes Contribution
    1 2 3 4 5
1 Students demonstrate that the discipline of Political Science and International Relations dominates the basic concepts and theories of disciplines such as law, economics and sociology in which they interact.       X  
2 Students can produce projects that interpret the structure of national, international and transnational formations, their institutions and practices, using concepts and theories of political science and international relations.     X    
3 Students can know where to find the information in their field, can do independent research, prepare a comprehensive research and study about graduate thesis topic.       X  
4 Students can critically evaluate the knowledge and skills they acquire in the field, determine the sufficiency and learning needs of the knowledge they have, and direct their work to make up for their deficiencies.       X  
5 Students demonstrate that they can understand multidimensional analysis of international and domestic dynamics, understand the importance of being flexible thinking and creative solutions to be successful in professional life.       X  
6 Students compare and interpret similarities and differences between human societies and political systems.         X
7 They demonstrate that they have the knowledge of French language at an international institutional level to communicate effectively, in written and verbal form. They can also improve their competitiveness in the areas they work in by improving their French skills.       X  
8 They can show that understanding the differences between cultures and individuals understands the importance of respecting and show that they can communicate by showing the necessary respect and empathy in different cultural environments.         X
9 During the program,  methods such as team or independent research projects, internship and graduation thesis develop the student's ability to conduct research, analytical thinking, and taking responsibility.       X  
10 Students understand individual, professional and societal ethical values ​​and concepts, they can understand how important these ethical concepts are in their behaviors and how they behave in line with these principles.     X    
11 Students know the individual and social dimensions of the concept of social responsibility in the context of the information they receive in their field; can understand that he understands the active duty of citizenship falling within this framework and understands the necessity of maintaining social values ​​and principles.         X
12 In the program process, methods such as team or independent research projects, internship and graduation thesis develop students' awareness and skills in researching, analytical thinking, taking responsibility and team work. It shows that it is competent in qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis methods.       X  
13 Students can assess their own deficiencies in the field of political science in terms of an analytical and critical view, thus guiding their learning to make up for their deficiencies.     X    
14 Students can effectively use information technology, which has validity and widespread use in social sciences.     X    
15 Students can demonstrate the universalism of social rights that constitute the basis of modern societies and understand the concepts of social justice, the importance of the scientific perspective of social development and global competitiveness.         X
16 Students can use oral and written communication skills in French and Turkish in academic and professional settings.       X  
17 Students can demonstrate that they have the knowledge and skills to write, speak and read French at an international theoretical level and to follow global dynamics.       X  
18 Students demonstrate that they have experience and social qualities that can be employed in the public and private sector or continue to academic career.   X      
19 Students will learn that quality management for organizational sustainability is essential for the health and safety of workers; professional life, professional social responsibility, institutional social responsibility, institutional ethics and the principles of corporate ethics.   X      
20 Students can demonstrate that they have the ability to conduct research, interpretation and analysis on issues related to social, political, legal and economic issues using concepts, theories and models, interdisciplinary and multidimensional approach and scientific research methods.       X  
21 Students exchange views on international and domestic issues and can interpret events as academic exchanges with international academics and students.         X
22 Students can learn about the functioning of the internal and external political order and the political system in Turkey. They can develop the ability to analyze a more realistic way the political and social phenomena occurring in Turkey .       X  
23 Students can interpret the states' attitudes and behavior models in the international system, the functioning of the international political and economic system and the problems arising in international relations through advanced theoretical and practical knowledge in the field.         X
24 Students can demonstrate the concepts of universality and social justice of social-political, legal rights that form the basis of contemporary societies, and understand the importance of the scientific perspective of social development and global competitiveness.         X
25 Students can demonstrate that they understand the individual and social dimensions of the concept of social responsibility and understand the active citizenship tasks that fall within this framework.       X  
26 Students conform to the rules of social, individual and academic ethics.     X    



Activities   Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Workload (Hour)
Course duration ( Including the exam week; 16* Total course hours)   15 3 45
Hours for off the classroom study (Pre-study, practice)   15 3 45
Mid-terms   1 15 15
Short exam (presentation, quiz)   0 0 0
Homework   0 0 0
Final   1 25 25
Total Workload       130
Total Workload / 25 (h)       5,2
ECTS Credit of the Course       5