SOC 4005/5005 Refugees and Humanitarianism

This class explores the social and political challenges of living as a refugee and working in humanitarian settings, with a focus on refugee camps and the institutional development of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. How did we come to use refugee camps as the primary means to administer sanctuary in certain parts of the world? What are the consequences of this? The last part of class will explore the outcomes refugees face when they are processed through the UN framework of durable solutions as well as alternative approaches to refuge. Refugees and Humanitarianism is meant to provoke passionate concern for the real world consequences of refugee aid and measured social scientific thinking about how to respond to the challenges of humanitarian crisis in our "second-best" world. Prerequisite(s): SOC 1000 (980:001) or SOC 1060 (980:060); junior standing.

Course details

Spring 2022
Class Nbr: 
Jan 20, 2022 - May 13, 2022
Meeting times: 
Tuesday, Thursday, 2-3:15 pm

Course delivery

Zoom & Blackboard (eLearning)

Zoom is a desktop video conferencing system allowing for real-time interaction between instructors and students and requires access to a high-speed Internet connection, a webcam, and a headset microphone. Blackboard is a learning management system requiring Internet access and a web browser.


Kamryn Warren

Enrollment information

Jamie Anderson

Continuing and Distance Education

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