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Middle Eastern Refugees in the Global North - SIMS51

7.5 credits, Autumn 2020

This course focuses on refugees understood as forcibly displaced people. It discusses those social structures, organizations and institutions that affect the lives of people seeking asylum not only in Sweden but in the Global North more broadly.


Course content

With the course’s point of departure being the Swedish asylum system, the course starts with tracing the historical roots of the international refugee regime. Thereupon the course explores asylum systems in other Global Northern countries such as the US, Canada, EU-countries such as France and Germany, but also Australia and New Zealand, and assesses empirical research that investigates how Middle Eastern refugees interact with these different administrations of asylum.

The student will read this literature critically, problematizing the seeking of asylum as relational to citizenship, gender and sexuality, class, race/ethnicity, geopolitics, among other intersecting axis of power that mark (and are being marked by) the lives of Middle Eastern refugees in the Global North. To address these complex power relations, the self-organized refugee rights activism that has emerged recently in different Global Northern contexts will be an important empirical reference point. Thus, the course examines contentious politics in interaction with the social structures, organizations and institutions that affect the lives of people seeking asylum in the Global North.

Online course platform

This course uses Canvas as the online course platform. The course platform will be opened one week before the course begins to all students who were accepted. Here you will be able to access literature, assignments, announcements, as well as participate in discussions and communicate with teachers. 


The course schedule can be found under the course information on the right. Please note that the final version of the schedule will be made available four weeks before the course begins, and changes may occur until that point. A more detailed schedule will be available on the course platform on Canvas.

About the course

Course Period:
2021-12-01 to 2022-01-16

Course schedule:
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Course syllabus

Course literature

Course guide