HMGK03001U AMIS: Migration studies - methods and disciplines

Volume 2017/2018

Advanced Migration Studies


Migration is indeed a subject that calls for interdisciplinary approaches and variety in methods. This course gives an introduction to key disciplines and central methodological discussion of migration studies, as well as ‘hands-on’ experience with a variety of specific methods. We will consider the fundamentals of the research process, and how to evaluate, choose and combine the appropriate methods depending on the topic. We will also discuss what it means to work inter-disciplinary and reflect on the specific challenges and predicaments that pertain to studying migration. What challenges, for example, arise when one wants to study movement, borders, unregistered residents or illegal migrants? What are the proper methodological and methodic considerations as well as the ethical implications at stake? Through a combination of text readings, teaching and practical workshops, the course aims to provide students with the foundation for using and evaluating migration research as well as preparing students for doing research themselves.   

Learning Outcome

The course will provide students with:


  • Knowledge and understanding of the complexity and diverse nature of migration and migration studies

  • Skills in negotiating between different disciplinary and methodological frameworks and in identifying their similarities and complementary functions

  • Competencies in employing a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods in advanced migration studies, as well as humanistic methods such as hermeneutics, textual analysis, normative reasoning, and critical reflections on sources.

There will be produced a reader for the course to be purchased before semester start. Also we will be working with the following books:


  • Caroline Brettell et. al (2008 or 2011): Migration theories: Talking across disciplines
  • Meg Wilkes Karraker (2013): The Other People 
The course is structured as a combination of class teachings and ‘laboratory workshops’, where students will get acquainted with the practicalities of doing migration research.
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Type of assessment
Written assignment
Course participation under invigilation
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assesment