International Relations from Below


Course Objective

After successful completion of this course, you are able to:
(1) recognize and understand key historical and anthropological theories
and analytical concepts in the study of migration, diaspora and
transnational relations and apply these concepts and theories to
ethnographic and historical case studies.
(2) understand and analyze social relations and political organization
in spaces of ambiguous sovereignty in modern and contemporary history.
(3) identify anthropological and historical methodological tools in the
study of human mobility and spaces of ambiguous sovereignty in modern
and contemporary history, apply them to relevant primary sources and
evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of these tools for the study
of human mobility and state sovereignty.
(4) evaluate the purpose of anthropological theory for historians and
humanities scholars in general, and of historiography for
anthropologists and other social scientists working in the fields of
migration and international relations.

Course Content

International relations are usually studied from a top-down perspective.
This advanced course develops a bottom-up historical perspective on both
the agents of international interactions (migrants and diaspora) and the
places where migration and diaspora have rendered state sovereignties
ambiguous and complex. Each week, we address one way in which we can
study international relations, migration, diaspora and spaces of
ambiguous sovereignty from a historical and anthropological perspective.
We look at old and new methods, theories and source materials in this
field, ranging from archival sources to novels and ethnography. The
course covers modern and contemporary history and is arranged around the
following themes: travels, people, objects, places, ideas, voices and

Teaching Methods

Seminars, excursion, individual research and writing.

Method of Assessment

Written exam (60%), position paper (40%)

Entry Requirements

At least one year of history, cultural studies or relevant social
sciences with at least two completed courses in global history,
migration or globalization studies AND at least one methodological
course completed in archival study and/or oral history (for history
students) and/or ethnography (for anthropology students) and/or
qualitative research methods (for cultural studies and social sciences


Reader distributed by the lecturer at the beginning of the term.

Target Audience

Students in the humanities or social sciences, including exchange

General Information

Course Code L_GWBAGES303
Credits 6 EC
Period P5+6
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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