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. Likewise, the course will discuss if and how climate change can be seen as a driver for migration and the role of migration in forming sustainable adaptation. 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, climate change migration, and migration-development nexus. 


  • 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.
  • Review how climate change can be a driver of migration
  • 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
Type of assessment details
A written assignment is prepared during the course and must be handed in prior to the exam week.

The oral exam refers to the course curriculum and learning outcomes and will include the written assignment.

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


Course number
7,5 ECTS
Programme level
Full Degree Master

1 block

Block 3
The number of seats may be reduced in the late registration period
Study Board of Geosciences and Management
Contracting department
  • Department of Geoscience and Natural Resource Management
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator
  • Jytte Agergaard   (2-6d64436c6a71316e7831676e)
Saved on the 28-02-2023

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