Fall 2019 - HS 307 D100

Selected Topics in Hellenic Studies (4)

Refugees and Ethnic Cleansing

Class Number: 10180

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    BLU 10031, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units.



Selected Topics. Content may vary from offering to offering; see course outline for further information. HS 307 may be repeated for credit only when a different topic is taught. Students with credit for HIST 307 may take HS 307 for credit only when a different topic is taught.


The 2015 Refugee Crisis had a profound influence on the political development of Europe, from the rise of right-wing populism throughout the continent to the enhancing north-south tension in the EU. Furthermore, it underscored the relationship between conflicts and state-formation in Europe’s continued political development. These developments are not a new phenomenon. Throughout the 20th Century, Southeastern Europe and the Near East have undergone several periods of mass migration and large refugee movements linked to ongoing issues of state formation and conflict in the region.  

This course examines how the Balkans and Near East’s experience with population movements and refugees during the 20th century helped shape the social, political, cultural, and military developments in the region. In the lectures, as well as the tutorials, students will examine: What is the relationship between state formation, minorities, and warfare? What has been Europe’s experience with refugees during the 20th century? Has this past experience with minorities and refugees affected countries’ approach in the modern era? By answering these questions, students will not only hone their analytical skills, but simultaneously apply them to contemporary political issues as well.


  • Paper Proposal 10%
  • Class Participation 20%
  • Two Quizzes 30%
  • Final Paper 40%



All required readings will be available either online or at the SFU Library.

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