This section contains recommendations for a teaching sequence and timing intended to achieve learning outcomes through a three-hour class.
NOTE: The class structure proposed is merely indicative. As students' prior knowledge and exposure to these issues varies widely, the lecturer should adapt contents as well as the time suggested for each component of the Module, according to the educational and social context, needs of the students and as otherwise appropriate.
It is proposed that the Module commences by asking the class what students understand the term 'smuggling of migrants' to mean. Following the discussion, the lecturer should briefly clarify that, as detailed in Module 1, migrant smuggling will exist only where the person assisting the illegal entry, transit or stay of another person in a country of which the latter is not a national or resident, acts for the purpose of obtaining a financial or other material benefit. If a person acts with humanitarian or altruistic reasons (for example, by providing free of charge shelter to an irregular migrant in need), he or she should not be liable for smuggling of migrants. This definition follows the terms of the Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime. Of course, national laws may not be entirely aligned with the Protocol and Convention; lecturers should always consider this when delivering the material.
It is suggested that the lecturer then proceeds with a viewing of the short film Migration Crisis: Are we fuelling people smuggling (app. 5 minutes) by Channel 4 News. It provides a snapshot of critical issues that will be developed and recalled throughout the university module series on smuggling of migrants. The film and ensuing debate is aimed at captivating the interest of students.
In line with the above, it is recommended that the lecturer asks the students to identify the main subjects and challenges raised in the film. It would be important that, from the discussion, the following elements (which are directly or indirectly referenced in the film) emerge:
In addition to the content explored in the film, it is suggested that the discussion includes debate on other relevant points, namely:
This activity is to function as an 'ice-breaker' and 'attention-catcher'. The purpose is not to explore in detail any of the matters listed above. These are dealt with in other modules that form part of the University Module Series on Smuggling of Migrants, such as Module 1 and 3.
in line with the topics described under ' Introduction and learning outcomes' (app. 85 minutes)