Migration and Development - SIMS26

15 credits, Autumn 2020

In this course you will learn about key issues and problems of migration and development as well as different theoretical perspectives developed to increase our understanding of the preconditions for and content of such processes. The intention is to provide you with a general overview of the field.

Overview

Course content

This interdisciplinary course deals with key issues and problems of migration and development as well as different theoretical perspectives developed to increase our understanding of the preconditions for and content of such processes.
It provides students with a general overview of the field and offers those

with a prior interest in, and experience of, related fields an opportunity for more advanced critical analysis of these issues. A number of current key issues in migration studies are discussed and analysed. The course offers an overview and critical scrutiny of theories of migration and governance in a historical and societal context. Students are given the opportunity to deepen their understanding of a broad range of more specific themes within the field, namely:

  • Theories of migration and development
  • Trends in migration and development and socio-political implications around the globe
  • The role of migrant identities and agency
  • The politics of migration

The objective of the course is to enable students to critically examine current debates and phenomena related to migration in the global context. Students will acquire the knowledge and concrete skills to understand, assess and work in fields related to migration. This understanding can assist those working directly in migration-related issues, as well as those working in aspects of social and institutional development more indirectly related to migration. 


Online course platform

This course uses Canvas as the online course platform. Here you will be able to access literature, assignments, announcements, and schedule, as well as participate in discussions and communicate with teachers.

Course Coordinator

Teresa Cappiali

Teresa M. Cappiali 
Post-doctoral Fellow, Department of Gender Studies

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Excerpts from student evaluation

“I enjoyed learning about the significance of migrant remittances and their potential for improving development outcomes, and the discussion on migrant ´illegality´ as a construct which poses an interesting challenge to conventional thinking about migration”

“The course in general has deepened my insight on immigration and development issues, which will be very useful for me in the future as a teacher and development and migration expert.”