Current Themes in Migration Studies


Course Objective

After completing this course, students are able to:
(1) identify, understand and explain key-developments in ethnographic,
and legal studies of migration
(2) apply concepts and methodological tools to analyze migration in a
variety of academic
disciplines and scholarly genres, i.e. ethnography, historiography and
legal study
(3) evaluate contemporary interdisciplinary approaches and position
themselves within

Course Content

In this advanced course, students read and discuss recent
key-contributions in the study
of migration. During this intensive course, students learn to approach
migration as an
object of study from various disciplinary approaches and angles. To what
extent do
migration historians rely on conceptual insights from the social
sciences? How does an
ethnographer analyze cross-border interactions? And in what ways could a
legal scholar
benefit from a an anthropological approach? Special attention is given
to recent
developments in the field, i.e. diaspora studies, refugee studies and
postcolonial studies.
Students participate in weekly expert seminars on the study of
migration, with a migration
historian, an ethnographer and a legal scholar. These are aimed at
developing students’
reading, analytical and general research skills. Students learn how to
assess key-studies in
migration studies by writing three academic reviews and by discussing
their findings with
fellow students and an expert in the field. Finally, students write a
paper in which they reflect
on what they have learnt about the interdisciplinary approaches
addressed in
the seminars, and position themselves within key-debates.

Teaching Methods


Method of Assessment

Written assignments (25%), position paper (75%).

Entry Requirements

Students must have completed their first year of BA-study.


Definitive reading list will be announced on Canvas.

Target Audience

BA-students in humanities, social sciences and law, including exchange

Additional Information

This course is part of the minor 'Migration Studies'.

General Information

Course Code L_GWBAALG004
Credits 6 EC
Period P3
Course Level 300
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

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

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