HMGK03221U AMIS: Identity and Culture

Volume 2021/2022

Advanced Migration Studies


This course focus on the significance of language, culture and religion for the social interaction in societies characterized by diversity, especially regarding the formation of identity in migrant – majority relations. We will engage with a range of crucial concepts like ‘ethnicity’, ‘culture’, ‘nationality’, ‘boundaries’ and ‘hybridity’, and reflect on their importance for analyzing and understanding what it is like to migrate. Through ethnological, anthropological and sociological perspectives and through readings of migrant literature and other artistic expressions we will seek to gain insights into the migrant experience. Through a range of case analysis, we will use this to discuss different theoretical perspectives on identification and counter-identification, identity politics and politics of difference.   


Exam code: HMGK03221E

Learning Outcome

Among other objectives, the course will provide:

  • Knowledge about the importance of language, culture, and religion for social interaction in migration contexts.
  • Knowledge about different forms of identity politics within frameworks of nationalism, liberalism, multi-culturalism and active citizenship.
  • Understanding of multi-cultural conditions of identity formation, and the importance migrant – majority relations for identification.
  • Skills in undertaking inter-disciplinary case analysis, employing various analytical techniques.
  • Competences in assessing and discussing the various ways cultural expressions like literature and art contributes to national and diasporic identity formation.

There will be assigned appropriate books and produced a reader for the course before semester start.

Seminars requiring active participation in discussions, mandatory student presentations, and group assignments.
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Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
Type of assessment
Oral examination
Oral examination of 30 minutes including grading, optional subject, with synopsis.
The synopsis must be maximum 4 standard pages.

In the assessment, the synopsis weighs 1/3 and the oral examination 2/3.
Only certain aids allowed

For students under the 2019-curriculum the permitted exam aids are the synopsis and notes (1-2 standard pages).

Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship

Conducted in the same manner as the original exam.

Criteria for exam assesment