Corsi di Laurea Corsi di Laurea Magistrale Corsi di Laurea Magistrale
a Ciclo Unico
Scuola di Economia e Scienze politiche
EPP8084077, A.A. 2019/20

Informazioni valide per gli studenti immatricolati nell'A.A. 2019/20

Principali informazioni sull'insegnamento
Corso di studio Corso di laurea magistrale in
EP1980, ordinamento 2013/14, A.A. 2019/20
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Crediti formativi 6.0
Tipo di valutazione Voto
Dipartimento di riferimento Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche, Giuridiche e Studi Internazionali
Obbligo di frequenza No
Lingua di erogazione INGLESE
Corso singolo NON è possibile iscriversi all'insegnamento come corso singolo
Corso a libera scelta Insegnamento riservato SOLO agli iscritti al corso di HUMAN RIGHTS AND MULTI-LEVEL GOVERNANCE


Dettaglio crediti formativi
Tipologia Ambito Disciplinare Settore Scientifico-Disciplinare Crediti
CARATTERIZZANTE politologico SPS/04 6.0

Organizzazione dell'insegnamento
Periodo di erogazione Secondo semestre
Anno di corso I Anno
Modalità di erogazione frontale

Tipo ore Crediti Ore di
Ore Studio
LEZIONE 6.0 45 105.0

Inizio attività didattiche 02/03/2020
Fine attività didattiche 12/06/2020
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Commissioni d'esame
Nessuna commissione d'esame definita

Prerequisiti: A sound knowledge of public international law is indispensable to properly follow this course. But there is no pre-requisite as far as refugee law is concerned.
Conoscenze e abilita' da acquisire: Knowledge and skills:
This course is designed for students to gain an understanding of the main legal concepts, normative and institutional frameworks relevant for the protection of refugees and other persons in need of international protection. It will expose students to some of the current legal and policy challenges in terms of compliance with international standards in this field and in securing adequate conditions for refugees to access international protection and enjoy their rights as derived from international refugee law and international human rights law.
The course should be of specific interest for students considering a future engagement in this field, as academics, researchers, and policymakers or as practitioners (e.g. as lawyer, staff of non-governmental or international organization, refugee status determination officer).
Modalita' di esame: Students enrolled in the course will be asked to sign up for one of the case studies/assignments listed in the programme. These may include refugee status determination exercises, the drafting of a policy brief or of a project proposal for an NGO documentation/litigation initiative, or court observation. All case studies/assignments will be presented and assigned during the first session of the course. Students will work in teams. As much as possible, their preferences will be taken into account.
Cases/assignments will also serve as a basis for discussion in the sessions concerned. On the basis of instructions/questions received, students will need to submit their work (document of up to 4 pages, with references in annex) ahead of the corresponding session and share it with other students enrolled in the course.
Further information and guidance on this will be shared in the first session.

The final exam will consist in a 2-hour, written exam (closed-book). It will include a case-study component. The dates for the final exam will be shared in due course.

The overall final grade will be calculated as follows:
40 %: Case study/assignment
60 %: Final exam
Overall participation in the seminar will be taken into account to adjust the final grade.
Criteri di valutazione: Criteria for assessment :
Participation will be assessed based on effective attendance, engagement and the frequency and quality of in-class interventions. Gaps in attendance of the course will be likely to affect the final grade in negative terms, notably if there is no prior notice or justification of absence.

The assessment of case studies/assignments will – besides correctness/comprehensiveness in answers - take into account students’ engagement with the task, their ability to identify and use reliable sources of information, the quality of the legal analysis and argumentation and their exercise of critical thinking, sound judgment and creativity, if and when applicable.

The final exam will be designed to evaluate the students’ overall command of the course’s content, discussions, and key materials, through questions on specific aspects thereof, as well as their ability to apply the knowledge and skills acquired, notably through the case component. Grading will similarly be based on the correctness/comprehensiveness of answers, the quality of legal analysis and argumentation, and their exercise of critical thinking, sound judgment and creativity, if and when applicable.
Contenuti: Contents: 
Will be successively explored during the course:
The refugee concept, normative and institutional frameworks of reference and related debates (week 1)
Current challenges to access international protection, with a focus on the EU context (week 2)
Systems, standards, procedural safeguards and practices in refugee status determination (week 3)
The content of international protection and legal and policy dimensions attached to key rights (week 4)
The current dynamics in terms of international governance & cooperation and concerning refugees’ access to durable solutions, and notably to resettlement (week 6)
The sessions will draw upon international refugee law and international human rights law, and explore their interplay on specific issues. The approach will not be restricted in terms of geographical scope, although developments within the European Union (EU), and EU law standards, will receive a particular attention. The protection of stateless and internally-displaced persons (IDPs), will not be, as such, in focus. 
Attivita' di apprendimento previste e metodologie di insegnamento: Planned learning activities and teaching methods:
Enrolled students are expected to attend all sessions of the course.

The course is designed to be interactive.
Sessions will combine lectures and guided discussions.
Students will be encouraged to participate actively, on the basis of mandatory readings, and in response to specific queries aligned with the content of the different sessions. Attendance and active participation will be taken into account for the final grade.

Reading materials include a number of international legal instruments (or drafts), UN resolutions and documents, UNHCR guidance and reports, case law, policy documents, IO/NGO reports/research, etc.), which students will be invited to review with a critical perspective. They also include academic articles from leading publications and scholars in the field, confronting core concepts or aspects of international refugee law and recent legal or policy developments, offering field-based insights and/or comparative perspectives on topics in focus.

Case studies/assignments will also be an essential material for the sessions. They will provide hands-on opportunity for students to deepen their exploration of standards, challenges in interpretation - notably in refugee status determination (RSD)- or in securing access to specific rights in host countries, and will offer additional insights into current debates. These will also allow students to use and consolidate skills of relevance for any engagement in this field (incl. legal reasoning, research and analysis of information on countries of origin (COI), policy analysis, strategic litigation and advocacy).

Students will also be encouraged to share any previous experiences as far as relevant to the field and topics in focus. (e.g. as NGO volunteer or professional), and to consider the situation and developments in their country of nationality/residence.

The course will also make use of at least one documentary film (in-class screening, see programme)
Eventuali indicazioni sui materiali di studio: Indications on study materials: 
Relevant readings for each of the sessions are listed in the programme. Most of those listed are mandatory. Optional ones are specifically marked (*).
All readings will be made available to students on the Moodle platform before the start of the course.
Complementary resources will be uploaded following each of the sessions.
Testi di riferimento:
  • UNHCR, Handbook on Procedures and Criteria for Determining Refugee Status under the 1951 Convention. Geneva: UNHCR, 2019.
  • Multiple, International Journal of Refugee Law. Oxford: Oxford, --.
  • Multiple, Refugee Survey Quarterly. Oxford: Oxford, --.

Didattica innovativa: Strategie di insegnamento e apprendimento previste
  • Lecturing
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Action learning
  • Problem solving
  • Peer feedback
  • Peer assessment
  • Utilizzo di video disponibili online o realizzati
  • Files e pagine caricati online (pagine web, Moodle, ...)

Didattica innovativa: Software o applicazioni utilizzati
  • Moodle (files, quiz, workshop, ...)

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