HMGK03211U AMIS: International Migration

Volume 2020/2021

Advanced Migration Studies


This course provides a basic understanding of the patterns of international migration. We will look into current theoretical accounts of causes and effects of different types of migration, and we will discuss the challenges and implications they give rise to for migrants as well as societies. International migration is by no means a new phenomenon; however throughout history it has taken rather different forms and taken place under different circumstances. By tracing these historical shifts and turns of international migration, the course aims to contextualize modern forms of migration and to shed light on differences and similarities between then and now. Further, processes of international migration often give rise to a host of political, legal and ethical problems, which engage international institutions as well as state actors. The course will address such problems and how they may be investigated.         

Learning Outcome

Among other objectives, the course will provide:

  • An introduction to central theories regarding international migration, e.g. push – pull, mobility, network, and dependency theories. 
  • Knowledge about the causes, effects and dynamics of different types of international and transnational mobility, historical and contemporary.
  • Skills in identifying and discussing the challenges and opportunities to which migration gives rise, e.g. in terms of pressures on asylum systems, opportunities for recruiting migrant labour, and migration-policy analysis.
  • Competencies in critically analyzing political, legal and justice aspects of international migration with special focus on institutions and organizations at different levels, such as nation states, supra-national and international organizations.

There will be produced a reader for the course.

Lectures and group instruction
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Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
Type of assessment
Oral examination
For students under the 2019-curriculum the exam consists of 30 minutes preparation and 30 minutes examination including grading.

For students under the 2014-curriculum the exam consists of 30 minutes examination on questions made available 1 week prior to exam.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship

Conducted in the same manner as the original exam.

Criteria for exam assesment