Immigration and Refugee Studies: Settlement, Integration and Belonging in Canada

Code: IET420
Apply this course towards: Intercultural Education

Course description

This course focuses on the global movement of people and on issues of migration (voluntary and forced, of immigrants and refugees). This course challenges personal understanding of the field of immigration studies; examines international legal definitions and categorizations of the different populations studied; introduces a social justice intervention model in addressing the settlement, integration and adaptation issues of these populations; and analyzes new trends in immigration studies and global population movement. The course will conclude with an exploration of a personal competency framework development for working with immigrants and refugees in Canada.

Learning objectives

Through an interdisciplinary and experiential approach, this "hands-on" course will assist participants to:

  • Gain an understanding of the field of immigration studies and voluntary and forced migration.
  • Develop analytical skills with respect to the international and national legal definitions and categorizations of the different populations addressed  in this field of study, with particular focus on the Canadian context.
  • Develop a solid awareness of the settlement, integration and adaptation experiences of these immigrant and refugee populations in Canada and the influencing contextual elements or circumstances.
  • Increase critical analysis skills with respect to the current international and national security policies and laws relating to immigration.
  • Expand awareness of local programs and resources as well as personal competence in  working with immigrants and refugees.


Moussa Magassa is the Human Rights Educator at the University of Victoria where he focuses on enhancing understanding of and commitment to the university's human rights and equity goals, increasing diversity and creating a fair and inclusive work and study environment at UVic. Previously, Moussa worked as an integration program officer for immigrants and refugees in Vancouver. Moussa has extensive experience researching, designing and facilitating courses and workshops on intercultural communication; intercultural conflict resolution; welcoming diversity and creating inclusive workplaces; human rights and social justice and anti-oppression education; anti-racism training; etc. Moussa’s PhD research focuses on the intersections of human rights, peacebuilding and social transformation. His MA was in human security & peacebuilding (RRU) and BA (Hons) in conflict resolution and peace studies (Kwazulu Natal University). Moussa also contributes, nationally, as an advisor, to the National Table of Community Cooperation in Francophone immigration. He is also a board director for the BC Francophone Federation.

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