The University of London has recently launched an exciting new online short course, ‘Refugees in the 21st Century’, delivered via the Coursera platform. Drawing on the expertise of academics at the School of Advanced Study’s Refugee Law Initiative, this Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is freely accessible to all. Taking a global perspective, the course provides insight into the refugee phenomenon as one of the most complex, compelling and (arguably) misunderstood features of the 21st century.
It places the student at the centre of the learning experience through engagement with a range of robust and challenging activities, materials and online peer engagement.
Students are taken through the fundamentals of who ‘refugees’ are, where they come from and where they go, as well as delving into the features of the global system for refugee protection and ‘solutions’ for those who have been forcibly displaced. It places the student at the centre of the learning experience through engagement with a range of robust and challenging activities, materials and online peer engagement.
The course is designed to appeal to those who want not only a deeper understanding of refugees globally in the 21st century, but also those who wish to build transferable skills in analysis and evaluation in the context of practical challenges. No prior knowledge or experience in the refugee field is required to take this course and, as such, the course is for everyone. It also acts as a taster for the University of London’s distance learning Master’s programme in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies, which in 2019 was awarded the Roger Mills Prize for Innovation in Learning and Teaching.