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INT6110 Migration and Refugee Studies (10 sp)

This interdisciplinary course draws on a range of theoretical approaches from political science, law, economics, sociology and history to make sense of the complex ethical, political and legal concerns surrounding population mobility.

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About the Course:

We consider the causes and consequences of modern population movements and place these movements in a historical and empirical context.

We consider some of the key economic, security and political determinants of migration and refugee movements and examine the moral and ethical issues for public policy, asking some basic questions such as why do people migrate, how far and for what reasons?

We consider how host states, including the existing populations, respond to the challenges associated with these movements, specifically how new groups are integrated, and we reflect on how the growing movements of people across borders is transforming societies.

Sometimes they could increase levels of internal intolerance, but also transforming societies into more multi-cultural and multi-ethnic networked societies. 

After completing this course, the student is expected to have acquired the following learning outcomes:


  • gain an understanding of the academic study of migration and globalization studies as part of the discipline of international relations
  • understand some of the key historical trends associated with the movements of people in the past and present
  • develop an awareness of the key economic, security and political determinants of migration and refugee movements


  • gain a more historically informed understanding of how, why and where people migrate
  • critically engage with the ethical and political challenges associated with migration and refugee movements including the public policy challenges associated with managing migration
  • have a clear understanding of the positive and negative responses of countries and populations responding to migratory flows


  • understand the global nature of today´s migratory flows
  • develop an understanding of the economic and political consequences of today´s migratory flows
  • develop an understanding of some of the methodological challenges associated with the subject of migration and refugee studies
  • develop an awareness of the ethical controversies, and understand the political sensitivities associated with the pros and cons of migratory flows


  • online course (pass/fail) 
  • compulsory participation in discussions in the digital classroom. 


  • take home exam (individual essay); memo: 3000 words (+/- 10 % excluding front page and reference list) (60 % of the grade, grading system A – F) 
  • 3 hour written exam (40 % of the grade, grading system A – F)