The core courses in the first and second semester in the IMER stream of the Culture Communication and Globalisation Master Program aim to provide the students with a broad knowledge and understanding of central aspects of reasons and consequences of migration to both societies and individuals. The core courses draw on different academic disciplines such as sociology, political science, history, cultural studies, anthropology, media studies and other disciplines. The topics presented during the course reflect the interdisciplinary character of the research field.
The course will present various theories and concepts within the field of globalization and migration studies concerning political, economic, social and cultural aspects of migration, human flows and identities. This offers the opportunity to reflect on issues related to globalization, movements and dynamics of transnational migration, challenging national boundaries and identity, both within nation-states and supra-states.
The core course of the first semester contains four topics that deal with central issues on macro, meso and micro level as well as the dialectical relationship between structure and agent.
- Globalization and Migration
- Migration Theory
- Models of Integration/acculturation
- Ethnic relations and Identities
The core course together with the thematic course provide the backdrop for writing both individual and group-based projects working with issues relating to either course.
Thematic Courses in the IMER specialization
The core courses in International Migration and Ethnic Relations in first and second semester of the CCG program are supplemented by a course on different themes or specific cases in each semester. The content of these thematic courses varies from year to year. They always relate to different theoretical aspects from the core courses. The thematic courses offer the students knowledge on current cases pertaining to international migration and ethnic relations and deeper understandings of selected issues which are discussed and analysed from empirical angles. The thematic courses draw on different academic disciplines such as sociology, political science, labour market studies, cultural studies, anthropology, media studies and other disciplines. The thematic course also emphasizes practical aspects and hands-on approaches and seeks to combine theoretical knowledge with methodological dimensions. As the themes are related to the content of the core courses there will be dialogue between the core and thematic courses and the lecturers will actively seek to align the content of the two. When it is relevant the thematic courses include guest lectures by other academics and experts in the field as well as representatives from government agencies and national and international NGOs.
One semester may contain different themes ranging from two to four lectures.
The list of possible themes for the first semester includes:
- Narratives of the crisis of multiculturalism
- Policies of integration and diversity
- Asylum policies and practices
- Education, labour market and segregation
The list of possible themes for the second semester includes:
- Migrants in vulnerable positions
- Radical Rights populist parties in Europe
- Transnationalism and Borders
- Islamofobia, terrorism, radicalization and securitization
- Labour market, migration management and diversity management
- Local and global connections
- Urban studies – diversity and the city
The thematic course together with the core course provides the backdrop for writing both individual and group-based projects working with issues relating to either course.