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Clark University    
  Sep 22, 2017
2017-2018 Academic Catalog

ID 133 - Gender and Refugee Issues in International Development

More than 40 million people worldwide have been forcibly displaced as a result of conflict and natural disasters. Some are considered refugees who have fled their home countries, while others are people who remain internally displaced within their own nation-state borders. How does displacement affect women and men differently and according to their marital status, age, or ethnicity?  How are the needs of women, children, the disabled, LBGTQI populations taken into consideration across the refugee cycle (from the moment of first displacement until the return ‘home’)? What key agencies work on displacement and refugee issues and how do they conceptualize their needs? These questions can be answered by untangling the nexus of displacement, gender, refugees and resettlement. In this course, students will analyze intersecting strands of literature: gender and development and the displacement and resettlement literature.  Lectures, writings, country case studies and films will illuminate the gender dimensions of  post-conflict and post-disaster resettlement of displaced population. Students will have the opportunity to strengthen their critical thinking, presentation and writing skills through close reading, in-class discussions and debates, essays, and exams.

Program of Liberal Studies (PLS) Designation: GP

Anticipated Terms Offered: Fall 2017