ASOA15022U Migration, Refugees and citizenship in a Globalized World
BSc/MSc Elective course
Course package (MSc Curriculum 2015):
Knowledge, organisation and politics
Human migration has shaped the world we live in and, despite
contemporary efforts to control the movement of people, there is
every reason to believe that migration will continue to shape human
communities and world politics in the future. The massive movement
of people across national boundaries is fuelled by a host of
powerful forces, including: refugees whom states are obligated to
protect, rising demand for both skilled and unskilled labour in
aging industrial societies; a decreased capacity or willingness to
control the movement of people in a globalised world economy; and
the continued upheaval and lack of opportunity in large parts of
the developing countries. Taken together, the forces that favour
migration might seem to resemble the proverbial irresistible
force. At the same time, immigration is accompanied by a host
of social, economic and political tensions. Migrants are blamed for
increased crime, radicalisation, terrorism and social
disintegration. Immigration provokes fears of reduced wages and
increased competition for jobs, social services, and preservation
of national cohesion, Above all migration is viewed by many as a
threat to national sovereignty and national identity. As a result,
the past two decades has witnessed fundamental changes in
immigration policy, and sharp upsurge of xenophobic parties and
movements around the world, most notably in Europe. At present
immigration/refugee is amongst one of the most hotly contested
issues around the world and also has become a priority issue in
This module will examine international migration and refugee movements within the context of the on-going processes of globalisation, uneven development, conflict, and human rights abuses as some of the factors that precipitate global migration. The current “migration crisis” is examined through analysis of immigration's impact on the nation state and society, and the response by the state and supranational institution (EU) to this challenge in terms of border control policies. Students will learn to assess the dynamics of international migration and integration in a comparative perspective, and to identify general and specific theories pertaining to these dynamics and stemming from various academic disciplines. Students will be asked to apply these theories to concrete case(s) from readings and/or their own case, and in doing so, putting theoretical notions to an empirical test
Lecture Topics (Tentative)
Week 1 Introductory Overview
Week 2 why people move: theoretical perspective on international migration
Week 3 The Origins and Trajectory of Post-WWII Immigration
Week 4 The International Refugee Regime
Week 5 Explaining the Crisis of the European Migration and Asylum Regime
Week 6 The struggle for coherence in EU migration governance
Week 7 The Ethics of migration control:open border/closed border debate
Week 8 Integration policies and “National models”
Week 9 The Multiculturalism debate
Week 10 Transnational migration and diasporic communities
Week 11 The Securitisation of Migration
Week 12 Migration and the rise of the populist radical right
Week 13 Immigration and [new] Racism in Europe
Week 14 The evolution of Danish immigration policy after World War II:
By the end of the course,
students should be able to;
• Acquire an in-depth overview over historical and contemporary human migration processes, their historical, social and political background and consequences for societies and individuals;
• Demonstrate knowledge of the transformation of international migration and refugees in a context of globalisation;
• Discuss the fundamental theoretical approaches informing international migration and refugees in an interdisciplinary perspective;
• Analyze the international legal norms concerning refugee protection including relevant norms of customary international law and, in particular, the standards found in the 1951 Geneva Convention, the temporary and complementary protection, of European and other regional norms;
• Evaluate philosophical and theoretical arguments (as roted in different ethical perspectives) regarding immigrant admissions policies and expectations for integration/assimilation after arrival;
• Explain the processes of immigrant integration, with nuances pertaining to destination country contexts;
• Critically and systematically evaluate, the claim or debates of the failure of the integration, the retreat of multiculturalism, the growth of racism and xenophobia, and the ways migration and asylum issues have become securitised;
• Demonstrate an ability to think independently, write and participate in critical discussion on international migration and refugees in EU.
Students should also have;
• Developed and refined their analytical skills with respect to the articulation of theories of international migration and refugees and policy responses to migration and refugees;
• Developed their capacity for the critical assessment of information, ideas and argument about the nature and patterning of current international migration and refugees in EU;
• Developed the ability to evaluate critically public and policy debates about refugees and asylum seekers, especially in Europe;
• Developed independent learning and research skills and be able to prepare for seminars and to undertake literature searches in the library and on the internet;
• Developed their personal management skills with respect to their work in independent study and demonstrate capacity to conduct critical and analytical writing.
Students should also have;
• A comprehensive knowledge of the roots and effects of contemporary international migration and refugees and competency to independently initiate assessment and analysis activities relating to international migration and refugee studies;
• Understands and is able to navigate in political, legal, social and cultural aspects of migration and integration as well as to propose solutions to challenges to which migration gives rise; and to use these competences in a vocational setting to address, explain and manage issues related to immigration and integration.
Syllabus will be available in Absalon before the classes begins. login at https://intranet.ku.dk Also available upon request.
- Class Instruction
- Project work
The Deadline for signing up for courses is June 1 for the autumn semester and December 1 for the spring semester.
Deadline for signing up for Summer school is either June 1
or December 1 (Credit students only June 1)
When signing up you are automatically signed up for exam.
Exchange students must sign up by filling in an application form which you find here: course registration
Meritstuderende: klik her
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Written assignmentIndividual/group. Free written take-home essays are assignments for which students define and formulate a problem within the parameters of the course and based on an individual exam syllabus. The free written take-home essay must be no longer than 10 pages. For group assignments, an extra 5 pages is added per additional student. Further details for this exam form can be found in the Curriculum and in the General Guide to Examinations at KUnet.
- Exam registration requirements
Sociology students must be enrolled under MSc Curriculum 2015 to take this exam.
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
- Exam period
Find more information on your study page at KUnet.
Exchange students and Danish full degree guest students please see the homepage of Sociology; http://www.soc.ku.dk/english/education/exams/ and http://www.soc.ku.dk/uddannelser/meritstuderende/eksamen/
At re-exam, the form of examination is the same as ordinary exam.
If the form of examination is ”active participation” the re-examination form is always “free written take-home essay”.
Criteria for exam assesment
Please see the learning outcome.