Gender, sexual identity and age in the refugee context


The module explores gender, sexual orientation and age in refugee and forced migration contexts.

Topics covered

  • Feminist, gender and critical theory and its application to the refugee field
  • Jurisprudence and policy pertaining to refugee women – case studies of FGM and domestic violence as grounds for refugee status
  • Jurisprudence and policy pertaining to sexual orientation and identity, and child refugees.

Learning outcomes

The module provides you with an advanced critical understanding of gender, age and sexuality in refugee and forced migration contexts. You will learn how to construct, advance and defend arguments at the forefront of the study of gender, age and sexuality in a range of different disciplines.


This elective module is assessed via a 4,000-word research essay, which comprises 70% of the overall grade, and three online assessments (E-tivities), which make up 30% of the overall grade.

Module team

Brian Gorlick SAS

Brian Gorlick - Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies

Brian Gorlick worked with the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and United Nations (UN) Secretariat in a number of senior positions for over twenty-five years. He has been on UN mission to some forty countries around the globe.

Prior to joining the UN, Brian worked as legal counsel in the areas of immigration, refugee and administrative law in Toronto. He holds degrees from the University of Winnipeg (BA), York University (MA), Osgoode Hall Law School (JD), and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LLM, with distinction) and was called to the Ontario Bar.

Brian was Policy Developments Editor of the International Journal of Refugee Law (Oxford University Press). He has published on international refugee and human rights law, gender rights, immigration and national security, and global administrative law, and has lectured and taught at university and training institutions in Asia, Europe and North America.

Dr Moira Dustin

Dr Moira Dustin - Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies

Moira is a lecturer in the School of Law, Politics and Sociology at the University of Sussex. She was the UK lead on the European Research Council project SOGICA (Sexual orientation and gender identity claims of asylum: a European human rights challenge) (2016–2020). The project, led by Professor Nuno Ferreira, generated the first ever theoretically and empirically-grounded comparative and comprehensive picture of the status and legal experiences of asylum-seekers across Europe claiming international protection on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity (SOGI), and made recommendations for fairer treatment of SOGI asylum claims in Europe.