Current Themes in Migration Studies


Course Objective

After completing this course, students are able to:
(1) identify, understand and explain key-developments in ethnographic,
historiographical 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 key-debates

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

Teaching Methods


Method of Assessment

Written assignments (30%), position paper (70%).

Entry Requirements

This course is only open to students who have completed 'Introduction to
Migration Studies' (term 1).


Definitive reading list will be announced on Canvas.

Target Audience

This course is only open to students who have completed 'Introduction to
Migration Studies' (term 1).

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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