Human Security in Forced Migration - POLI9551

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


The module will broadly discuss the impact of the experience of forced migration upon the individuals and communities involved, both in sending, receiving and transit countries. In this module, we understand forced migration to be a broad concept which includes conflict- and climate-event-generated refugees, asylum-seekers, internally displaced persons (IDPs), victims of trafficking, irregular migrants, unaccompanied minors, as well as political refugees, and others still. Migration is understood to include both South-North and South-South migration.

The module will be framed by the concept of human security, as well as theoretical and conceptual approaches to the overall well-being of forced migrants. Well-being so stated includes not only the granting of refugee status – often mistakenly seen as the end of the experience of forced migration – but broader social integration, inclusion and sense of belonging, as well as health and mental health. The concept of borders and border control, including the securitisation of borders and more conceptual borders, such as that between citizen and non-citizen, child and adult, forced and voluntary returnee, will be explored. These overarching concepts will then be maintained throughout the term via a discussion of topics such as human security, health and mental well-being and a variety of forced migrants including, but not restricted to asylum-seekers and refugees.


Contact hours



MA courses at Brussels

Method of assessment

Main assessment method
Essay 5000 words 100%

Reassessment method
Reassessment Instrument: 100% coursework

Indicative reading

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Have an advanced understanding of the concept of human security and how it applies in forced migration in a multi-disciplinary way;
2. Have an advanced understanding of forced migration typologies, including the migration cycle, mixed flows and the non-binary nature of migration;
3. Have an understanding of the nature and role of borders, border control and the securitisation of borders;
4. Identification of the effects on mental health of conflicts, including the impact of war, forced migration, internal displacement, torture, and trafficking
5. Have an advanced understanding of the provision of health and social care services for refugees and (forced) migrants and of the challenges forced migrants face in accessing the services available both during and after migration.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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