Refugee Comm in Syracuse

HNR 220 - Refugee Comm in Syracuse

MySlice Info:

Term: Spring 2021
Class #: 31349
Section: M005
Credits: 1


Counts toward:
HNR Seminar (210,220,230)

Course Time(s):
Th 05:00pm-06:20pm

Bowne Hall 105

Course Description:

Refugees are men, women and children fleeing war, persecution and political upheaval who have crossed borders to seek safety in another country. The United States admitted 84,995 refugees in the fiscal year ending in September 2016. A total of 5,028 refugees resettled in New York State. Onondaga County received 1,466 refugees in 2016. These numbers are decreasing tremendously. Who are these refugees? What are their rights? And who is responsible for upholding, protecting, and supporting them? This course will introduce students to refugees and explore main institutions and policies that work for refugee protection and support in the community. The class will address the issues and challenges refugees face in their new home. These include: language, education, access to services, transportation, cultural differences, religion, and discrimination. It will also highlight the efforts made to address and limit these challenges. The course is designed to enable students not just to develop a basic understanding of U.S. immigration and refugee policies, but also to understand how changes in these policies can affect people who resettle in Syracuse. At the end of the seminar, through reading, discussion, debate, and talking with guests including refugees and others active in the community, students will be able to challenge misconceptions and discriminatory attitudes as well as behaviors towards refugees. They will be able to identify gaps between policy design and reality, propose ideas on how to bridge these gaps, and highlight the benefits of welcoming refugees to the country. In addition, they will propose ideas on how to improve the US refugee protection and support system.