Nation and Migration

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Doel vak

This course introduces students to the study of international migration
and how the phenomena, perceptions, and policies towards migration
reflect and shape the governance and self-perception of nation-states.
It is part of the curriculum strand ‘World Making’ and complements the
course Identity, Diversity and Inclusion.

Learning outcomes:
Knowledge and Understanding - Students have acquired knowledge and
understanding of:
(1) key theories, concepts and methods for the study of migration in the
social sciences.

Application - Students have acquired the competences to:
(2) apply these to analyse migration dynamics in selected case studies.

Attitude - Students are able to demonstrate:
(3) a critical perspective on current events surrounding migration.

Inhoud vak

Today’s debates on migration are often inseparable from nations’
perceptions of themselves and each other. This course discusses the
relevance of migration in today’s global world, particularly in relation
to: identity concerns (diasporas, transnationalism, nationalism,
multicultural societies), development (migration and development) and
international political issues (migration governance and ethnography of
the state).

The course introduces students to major theories to understand
migration, but privileges the adoption of constructivist approaches. It
invites students to look at migration from the perspectives of people
engaging in migration directly, of people encountering migrants as new
neighbours, or of people tasked with the function of controlling and
governing migration. Through this perspective, students engage with
processes of community building and belonging, and with the power
struggles associated with migration. They acquire a thorough theoretical
knowledge and critical understanding of these phenomena and key concepts
that can help understand them:

(1) How do migrants construct their identities on the move?
(2) How do transnational communities and diasporas develop?
(3) How do national communities respond to migration and deal with the
diversity that derives from it?
(4) How is migration governed and controlled by state apparatuses in
migrant countries of origin and destination?
(5) How do the bureaucrats and professionals dealing with migration
translate migration policies into everyday practices?
(6) What are the implications of migration for development and social
transformation in both origin and destination societies?


Lectures, case-study presentations, peer discussions.


Open-book midterm and closed-book final exam (digital).


To be announced in the course manual (see CANVAS).


2nd year bachelor students in Cultural Anthropology and Development
Students in the Minor Anthropology.

Algemene informatie

Vakcode S_NM
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P2
Vakniveau 300
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
Vakcoördinator prof. dr. P.D. Nyiri
Examinator prof. dr. P.D. Nyiri
Docenten prof. dr. P.D. Nyiri

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