AMIS: International Migration

Course content

This course provides a basic understanding of the patterns of international migration. We will look into current theoretical accounts of causes and effects of different types of migration, and we will discuss the challenges and implications they give rise to for migrants as well as societies. We explore how the causes and dynamics of migration have been explained and understood from different perspectives. We reflect on classical migration theories on why people migrate, including theories on push-pull and network migration, climate change and conflict. To these we add takes on migration "from below", which engage with migration from the point of view of migrants themselves. We discuss historical and postcolonial perspectives on migration, and we take a critical approach to migration categories and the dynamics of migration, questioning and complicating the one-way, cause-effect approaches of classical migration theories. Here, we explore the complexity of migration trajectories, migration infrastructures, internal migration, south-south migration, transnationalism, etc. Further, the course explores how migrants and refugees have been framed, categorized, problematized and regulated/governed by others: nation-states, EU, UN or NGOs. We explore legal and policy framings of migrants and refugees, securitization and bordering in relation to the national order of things, the role of humanitarianism in responding to and framing migration, representations of migrants in popular discourse, and climate-related migration.

Exam code: HMGK03281E


Advanced Migration Studies

Lectures and group instruction

Course compendium & Stephen Castles, Hein de Haas and Mark J. Miller (2020): The Age of Migration (6th ed.), New York, The Guildford Press.

This course is only available to Full Degree Students at Advanced Migration Studies and Erasmus Students visiting through an agreement with Advanced Migration Studies (EuMIGS Partners)

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
Type of assessment
Oral examination
Type of assessment details
2022-curriculum: the exam consist of 30 minutes oral examination without preparation including grading. The opening questions will be published two weeks before the first exam date.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
Exam period



Conducted in the same manner as the original exam.

Criteria for exam assessment
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 56
  • Preparation
  • 203
  • Exam Preparation
  • 130
  • English
  • 389


Course number
Programme level
Full Degree Master

1 block

Se Schedule link
International Migration lectures will take place from the beginning of the semester and until appromiximately mid-October
Study Board of Archaeology, Ethnology, Greek & Latin, History
Contracting department
  • SAXO-Institute - Archaeology, Ethnology, Greek & Latin, History
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator
  • Zachary Whyte   (5-7c6d7e796a456d7a7233707a336970)

Zachary Whyte

Saved on the 09-04-2024

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