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ADH716 - Humanitarian Settlement


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Cloud (online)*

Credit point(s):1
Previously coded as:

ADS716, AHA716

EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Daniel McAvoy
Cohort rule:






Incompatible with:

ASD716, AHA716

Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities equivalent to 1-hour per week


*This unit uses the FutureLearn online learning platform. Learn more about studying through FutureLearn


In the context of unprecedented levels of forced displacement of refugees and other populations in need of protection, there is a need for countries to identify clear humanitarian policies, protocols and practices for integration and settlement of refugees. This unit aims to provide the student with an understanding of the history and concepts of refugee and refugee resettlement, the refugee experiences of resettlement and refugee resettlement policies and practices. The unit critically examines the potential on principles of community development to facilitate refugee resettlement and foster autonomous action amongst refugee groups.

Topics to be addressed in this unit include:

  • The concepts of refugee and refugee resettlement
  • International, United Nations and Australian policies of refugee resettlement
  • What it means to be a refugee: refugee experiences
  • Refugee resettlement programs
  • How to facilitate refugee settlement into local communities
  • How to facilitate autonomous action and independence amongst refugee groups
  • Refugee related trauma

These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Analyse the concept of 'refugee' and related terms in the context of the recent history of forced migration

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO6: Self-management

GLO8: Global citizenship


Apply a critical and reflective understanding of community development principles and practice to propose creative, evidence-based solutions to settlement and integration of refugees and to facilitate partnerships between local communities and refugee groups

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO6: Self-management

GLO8: Global citizenship


Evaluate the nature of refugee and integration experiences, critically analysing the effectiveness of policies and practices of refugee settlement

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO6: Self-management

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Trimester 2:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 (Individual) - Report 1500 words 30% Information not yet available
Assessment 2 (Individual) - Journal 1000 words 20% Information not yet available
Assessment 3 (Individual) - Essay 2500 words 50% Information not yet available

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

There is no prescribed text. Unit materials are provided via the unit site. This includes unit topic readings and references to further information.

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