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GLBL 130: Introduction to Global Studies

Assignment Details

Gather information on a situation or emergency from the UN Refugee Agency's list of current refugee emergencies and present your group's findings in 3 parts.

Part 1: Emergency Summary

Provide an overview of your selected UNHCR Emergency. Prepare one slide for each of the following:

  • Executive Summary of UNHCR Emergency: What is the Emergency?
  • Country/region profile: Where are people moving from? Provide context and background.
  • Analysis of crisis: Why are people moving?
  • Country/region profile: Where are they moving to? Country profile
  • Actor profile: Who are the main actors in the emergency? Specific groups being targeted? Specific people carrying out violence?

Part 2: Context and Analysis 

Part two provides context and analysis to your first presentation. Prepare slides that address the following (keeping to the 5-slide maximum):

  • Political landscape. What political issues can help us better understand the Emergency?
  • Economic landscape. What economic issues can help us better understand the Emergency?
  • Environmental landscape. What environmental issues can help us better understand the Emergency?
  • Social landscape. What are the social relations, or specific societal contexts we need to consider in order to better understand the crisis? Relationships between actors. Class/race/ethnicity/gender/generation/caste/religion/etc. Relations within refugee populations.
  • Threat analysis. What are the most significant threats that are created by the Emergency?

​​​Part 3: International Actors

Part three asks us to consider the role of “outside” actors. Prepare slides that address the following (keeping to the 5-slide maximum):

  • INGO overview. What are the major International Non-Governmental Agencies or humanitarian groups that are working to assist in the Emergency? How many people? How much money are the groups spending?
  • Obstacles analysis. What are the major obstacles that these organizations face?
  • UNHCR overview. What specifically is the UNHR undertaking? How long has it been involved?
  • Media analysis. How have news organizations depicted the emergency?
  • US analysis. How is the United States government involved in the Emergency? 

Teams may create additional slides as an appendix at the end of their presentations. While each presentation is limited to five slides, the appendix slides are often useful for addressing questions that come up in the feedback/comment session. The appendix slides are also a good place to put any information, graphics, or other material you found compelling but could not fit into your presentation. 

Best Practices for Group Work

Collaborating using Google Apps

Google Apps

Your spartan.northampton.edu school email account gives you access to many Google Apps, including Drive, Docs, Slides, Hangouts, Calendar, and Groups. Use these tools with your group members to work together and stay organized throughout your project.

6 reasons to use Google Apps with your group

1. Share files and folders so all members of your group have access to your work (Google Drive).  

2. Create and edit documents together (Docs and Slides). 

3. Add comments and suggestions for changes, to help you discuss your work, and to make group decisions (Docs and Slides).

4. Set up notifications and see a document's revision history to track changes and see group members' contributions over time (Docs and Slides).

5. Hold video meetings with your team when getting together in the same place isn't convenient (Hangouts). 

6. Track deadlines, create task reminders, and set up meetings (Calendar). 

More help for Google Drive, Docs, Slides, Calendar, Hangout, and Groups