Course Descriptions – University of Copenhagen

Details of courses

Semester 1

Migration Studies: Methods and Disciplines (15 ECTS credits)

This course provides a systematic overview of the inherently inter-disciplinary nature of migration studies and the challenges involved. Students will come to understand how different disciplines contribute to the accumulation of knowledge and to a more comprehensive understanding of migration than would be possible with only one or a few disciplinary approaches. In part, this is achieved by investigating a series of cases to which different disciplinary approaches are applied. The course aims to improve students’ understanding of the choices made in migration research and their capacity for critical reflection on the foundations of theoretical and empirical claims made by researchers from a variety of different disciplines.

The module consists of the following elements:

  1. Disciplinary approaches and their contributions
  2. Quantitative methods
  3. Qualitative methods
  4. Further humanistic methods

International Migration (15 ECTS credits)

This course provides a comprehensive understanding of the causes, effects and dynamics of different types of contemporary international migration, including the migration of (high and low skilled) workers, refugees (including climate refugees), and family unification. By beginning with historical accounts of the role of migration, contemporary migration is contextualised and patterns traced over time. Furthermore, contemporary international migration patterns are analysed in depth, asking what is new about present patterns and where they are heading, and push-pull theories and other theoretical accounts of the forces of migration are discussed, including the significance of what has been labelled the ‘migration industry’. Likewise, the increasing importance of diasporas, trans-local living and other migration-related aspects of globalisation will be analysed. Finally, political, legal and justice aspects of international migration will be elucidated, focusing on the role of institutions and organisations at different levels, including states, supra-national institutions (e.g. the EU) and international organisations (e.g. UNHCR).

The module consists of the following elements:

  1. History of migration
  2. Contemporary migration and globalisation
  3. Migration theory
  4. Political, legal and justice issues

Semester 2

Identity and Culture (15 ECTS credits)

This course focuses on the role of culture, language and religion in social interaction in diverse societies, in particular as regards identity-formation and the significance of migrant/majority identities in a variety of social settings. The significance of ethnicity, culture, religion, nationality and language (including being poly-lingual) for identification (and counter-identification) in everyday lives is scrutinised, as is the importance of such and other categories in images of immigrants in the media. More generally, the experience of being a migrant is analysed both on the basis of ethnological, anthropological and sociological perspectives and on the basis of literary and other artistic expression and narratives of migrant culture, and the ways in which such expressions may contribute to national and diasporic cultures and receive institutional recognition (as is the case in, e.g., immigrant museums). At a societal level, the impact of diversity on social cohesion is addressed and policies of identity and difference (e.g. nationalism, active citizenship, liberalism and multiculturalism) are analysed.

The module consists of the following elements:

  1. Theories of identity and counter-identification
  2. Migrant narratives in the arts
  3. Inter-disciplinary case analyses
  4. Social and political issues: social cohesion and identity politics

Integration (15 ECTS credits)

Where International Migration focuses on the process of migration from the country of origin to the arrival in the destination country (including return and circular migration), this course focuses on the settlement and integration of migrants once they have arrived to the destination country. It addresses migrant integration in host societies, focusing on three arenas of migrant/majority interaction, namely schools, the workplace and residential areas. In relation to schools, challenges and possibilities for ethnic minority children are analysed, both as regards social inclusion and school performance. In relation to the workplace, possibilities and limitations in workplace integration are considered, including issues of migrant labour recruitment and the cultural and social challenges to which it gives rise. In relation to residential areas, e.g. challenges in residential segregation (what some refer to as ‘ghettos’ and ‘parallel societies’) are considered, including the basis for (local) community cohesion. Furthermore, prospects of integration through language acquisition are discussed, including what the barriers and facilitators of such acquisition are. Finally, integration law and integration policy are addressed, including questions of justice as regards the extent to which majority and minorities are expected to accommodate each other.

The module consists of the following elements:

  1. Introduction to arenas of integration: schools, workplaces and residential areas
  2. Language and integration
  3. Fieldwork (in groups)
  4. Integration policy and law

Semester 3

A. Research in Practice (15 ECTS credits)

In collaboration with a researcher affiliated with AMIS a project is designed that contributes to this affiliate’s on-going research.

B. Project Management (15 ECTS credits)

A module consisting of a) an introductory course on project management and b) managing a migration project chosen from a selection offered by the Master Programme’s external panel of institutions/organisations/companies from beginning to end.

Students choose between A and B.

Diversity: Administration, Management and Innovation (15 ECTS credits)

A Module consisting of a) an introductory course on organisation theory and management, b) an internship in a relevant company/organisation and c) a report focusing on diversity-management and/or diversity-driven innovation.

Semester 4

Master Thesis (30 ECTS credits)

The student chooses between three different kinds of thesis: a) writing a monograph, b) writing an article followed by a general introduction to the article’s subject area or c) producing an written communications report for a company followed by a short monograph