International Migration - Flows, Networks and Diasporas

Course content

The course introduces ‘flows, networks and diasporas’ as lenses from which to study international migration. The course mainly focuses on international migration from a global south perspective but has a truly global scope that is particularly explored in analyses of the migration-development nexus. The setting of the course is to focus on one theme each week divided into two parts; first, conceptual presentations and discussions and second, critical readings of particular analyses/case studies. The exact content of the course may be influenced by students’ particular interests.


MSc Programme in Geography and Geoinformatics
MSc Programme in Geography and Geoinformatics with a Minor Subject

Learning outcome


Transnationalism, diaspora, remittances, mobility/immobility, migration management, and migration and development. 


  • Review and discuss academic analyses of international migration and locate them in the varied academic literature that approaches human migration.
  • Discuss how dynamics of international and domestic migration interact.
  • Identify central aspects of what constitutes the migration-development nexus.
  • Identify central methodological challenges in researching migration and trans-local migrant connections.


  • Critically assess the application of data, methods, results, and theoretical approaches in connection with analyses of international migration.
  • Explain how a focus on flows, networks, and diasporas contributes to understanding dynamics of international migration.
  • Discuss the importance of migration for understanding development in the global south.

The form of teaching is theory exercises combined with ad hoc lectures. For the teaching plan, please see Absalon.

Please see Absalon course page.

BSc in Geography and Geoinformatics or equivalent is recommended.

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment, during course
Oral examination, 20 minuttes
The written assignment is prepared during the course and must be handed in prior to the exam week. The oral exam uses the written assignment as its point of departure. It includes the titles listed in the officially approved reading list. A combined grade is given after the oral exam.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Several internal examiners.
Criteria for exam assessment

Please see learning outcome.

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Theory exercises
  • 35
  • Preparation
  • 171
  • English
  • 206