Introduction Migration Studies


Course Objective

(1) Students are introduced to the fundamentals of migration studies
(including a variety of disciplinary approaches and theoretical
concepts, in particular in the fields of anthropology, economics,
sociology, history and law). (2) Students are able to identify and
understand key theories and analytical concepts in migration studies and
their relationship to history and contemporary societies, and to apply
these concepts and insights to a diverse range of qualitative data. (3)
Students are able to identify and understand social, cultural and
economic relations and political organization in the so-called age of
migration, from 1500 until present day. (4) Students are able to
reproduce, summarize, interpret and critically comment on the substance
of the course subject, both orally and in written form. (5) Students are
able to present a clear position and personal stance in an academic
essay that is substantiated with solid arguments within debates on the
topic of migration studies, based on secondary sources and by referring
to one or more theoretical concepts.

Course Content

This course introduces students to the study of migration in a wide
range of academic disciplines, with special emphasis on socio-economic
and cultural history, social and cultural anthropology, and migration
and citizenship law. It is intended to acquaint students with
theoretical and methodological insights from these disciplines and to
familiarize them with old and new concepts in the broad and
interdisciplinary field of migration studies. In this course, students
focus on the agents of migration, the migrants themselves, as well as
the international state and non-state actors and networks that are
involved with and also impact the daily lives and activities of these
agents of migration. Why do people migrate across borders? What are the
different forms of migration and how do specific migration patterns come
into being? And when and why do states aim at structuring migration?
Students tackle basic concepts and theories, such as the push-pull
model, structural migration theory, transnationalism, and the concept of
diaspora. They also study the global history of migration from 1500
onwards, gaining insight into colonial and postcolonial migration
patterns, and the ways in these may or may not continue to influence
contemporary migrations. Lastly, students look at the ways in which
societies organize and respond to immigration and emigration. In this
first part of the course, students not only focus on European history
and society, but also gain insight into African, Asian and American
migrations. The course also offers in-depth views into the research of
migration scholars in the fields of migration and citizenship law, the
anthropology of migration and identity, and socio-economic migration
history. Guest lecturers tell you about their own experience as a
migration researcher. During the seminars, students experiment with the
different sources and methods from each discipline.

Teaching Methods

Lectures, seminars

Method of Assessment

Literature assignments (40%), written exam (60%).


Elizabeth Mavroudi - Caroline Nagel, Global Migration. Patterns,
Processes and Politics, London - New York: Routledge, 2016.
Other literature will be announced on Canvas.

Target Audience

This course is open to students from various disciplines who have
completed the first year of their Bachelor program. Exchange Students.

Additional Information

This course is part of the minor 'Migration Studies'. For history
students, this course is complementary to Global Migration History

General Information

Course Code L_GABAALG011
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 100
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. N.F.F. Karrouche
Examiner dr. N.F.F. Karrouche
Teaching Staff dr. N.F.F. Karrouche
prof. dr. P.D. Nyiri
prof. dr. U.T. Bosma

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Lecture
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