Globalization, Migration and the Refugee Crises

with Jonathan Golden

Five Tuesdays:  June 27, July 11, 18, 25, August 1; 10 am - 12 Noon

   There is greater social upheaval and forced human migration today than at any time since the mid-twentieth century.  What is driving the current global refugee crises and what are the responses?  In this course, we will examine the historical circumstances that have contributed to political and social unrest in places like Syria, Iraq, Nigeria, and Afghanistan.  We will learn about the ethno-religious and political conflicts that are driving upheaval.  We will also explore perceptions of and responses to these crises in nations of Europe and North America.  What are the attitudes toward people seeking asylum and how do these attitudes influence immigration policies?  What are the policies designed to keep migrants out, and for countries that are accepting refugees, how effective are efforts to help them?

Weekly Topics

Week 1 - Course Introduction
  Overview of current refugee crises
Week 2 - Cultural-Historical Context, part 1
  Study of the historical political, economic, and social situation in Nigeria,     Sudan/South Sudan, Congo
Week 3- Cultural-Historical Context, part 2
  Study of the historical political, economic, and social situation                     in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria
Week 4 -Resettlement
  Who is the refugee?  What does it mean to move to a new country and       obtain refugee status?  What are attitudes (government, populous) toward   asylum seekers in Europe and the US?
Week 5 - Responses
  What are the efforts to help integrate refugees?


Dr. Jonathan Golden is Director, Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict and Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Comparative Religion, Drew University.  He holds a PhD in Anthropology (University of Pennsylvania), specializing in the study of ancient and modern cultures of the Middle East.

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