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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title The Refugee Journey:Mobility,Adapt.,Integrat.
Module Code LC582
School SALIS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Julie Daniel
Semester 2: Julie Daniel
Autumn: Julie Daniel
Module TeachersVeronica Crosbie
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only
Extended essay 100%

The aim of this module is to provide students with a comprehensive overview of the adaptation and integration processes of refugees from a theoretical perspective. It will analyse the causes of forced migration and the socio-political context within which relocation takes place. It will then explore the different theories of integration, adaptation and cross-cultural communication relevant to the phenomenon.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the background of forced migration and of the debate generated by the arrival of refugees in EU countries.
2. Identify and critically engage with a variety of theories which are relevant to the field of forced migration, including theories relating to cross-cultural adaption and host receptivity.
3. Apply learned theoretical constructs to concrete examples
4. Offer practical strategies to deal with challenges related to refugee integration experience.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Assignment Completion30Preparation of critical diary
Report60Researching and writing of end-of-semester essay
Independent Study138No Description
Total Workload: 250

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Forced migration in context: definitions, contributing factors, outcomes

Socio-political context: populism, economic crisis, etc.

Racism and anti-racism

Theories of Cross cultural adaptation

New regulations regarding work & human rights

Reception of refugees: local and national initiatives

Living in Direct Provision

Dealing with the trauma of forced migration

Volunteering in refugee camps

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentCritical reflective diary on aspects of forced migration40%Week 12
EssayIndividual essay focusing on specific aspect of the refugee integration experience, which requires students to draw on relevant theories and to offer realistic strategies relating to this phenomenon60%Week 12
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Algan, Y.: 2012, Cultural Integration of Immigrants in Europe, Oxford, Oxford University Press,
  • Bauman, Z.: 2004, Wasted lives: Modernity and its Outcasts, Polity, London,
  • Bauman, Z.: 2001, Community: Seeking safety in an Insecure World, Polity, London,
  • Berry, J.W.; Poortinga, Y.H.; Segall, M.H.; Dasen, P.R.: 2002, Cross-Cultural Psychology: Research and applications, 2nd, Cambridge, Cambridge,
  • Bhabha, J.: 2018, Can we Solve the Migration Crisis?, Polity, Cambridge, UK,
  • Crotty, R: 2013, Introduction to Intercultural Studies, Gill and Macmillan, Dublin, .
  • Holliday, A: 2011, Intercultural communication and ideology, Sage, Los Angeles,
  • Jackson, J. (Ed): 2014, The Routledge handbook of Language and Intercultural Communication, Routledge, London,
  • Joppke, C.: 2010, Citizenship and Immigration, Polity, London,
  • Kissoon, P.: 2015, Intersections of displacement: refugees' experiences of home and homelessness, e-book, 1, 2, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, England,
  • Trilling, D.: 2018, Lights in the Distance: Exile and Refuge at the Borders of Europe, Picador, London,
  • Ward, C., Bochner, S. and Furnham, A: 2001, The Psychology of Culture Shock, 2nd Edition, Routledge, Hove, East Sussex,
  • Wodak, R. , ‎KhosraviNik, M. ans ‎Mral, B.: 0, Right-Wing Populism in Europe: Politics and Discourse, Bloomsbury, New York,
  • Young, I.M.: 2000, Inclusion and Democracy, Oxford, Oxford,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
GDRIGraduate Diploma in Refugee Integration
MARIMA in Refugee Integration

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