Introduction Migration Studies


Course Objective

After completing the course, you are able to:
(1) enumerate and explain concepts prevalent in the study of migration
in the historical and social sciences, and in the field of law.
(2) identify and understand social, cultural and economic relations and
political organization in the so-called ‘age of migration’, from 1500
onwards until present day.
(3) name and explain key theories in migration studies and evaluate
their relevance to past and contemporary societies, from 1500 onwards
until present day.

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
experienced 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


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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