International Migration and Ethnic Relations III

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Admission requirements

Prerequisite courses for this course are: Passed courses: IM101E-International Migration and Ethnic Relations I and IM102E-International Migration and Ethnic Relations II.


credits 60% final grades 20% national university aptitude test 20%


Syllabus for students spring 2011

Course Code:
IM103E revision 6
Level of specialisation
Main fields of study:
International Migration and Ethnic Relations
Date of establishment:
02 March 2007
Date of ratification:
13 January 2011
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
19 January 2011
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
19 August 2010

Advancement in relation to the degree requirements

The course can normally be included as a part of a genereal degree at undergraduate level.

Entry requirements

Prerequisite courses for this course are: Passed courses: IM101E-International Migration and Ethnic Relations I and IM102E-International Migration and Ethnic Relations II.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
After finishing the course, the student:

  • can, by focusing on the field of study encompassed by IMER, show knowledge relating to social processes, and specialised knowledge and understanding of the causes of international migration, as well as of the effects of migration in the form of refugee status and resultant issues of integration and segregation;
  • can show specialised knowledge of different forms of group identification and of how this process is affected by notions of religion, culture, language and ethnicity, all of which have a bearing on mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion within society;
  • can show specialised understanding of processes of ethnic and social identity occurring at both an overall level and a micro-level within society;
  • can show in-depth knowledge of key issues in the field of study encompassed by IMER, as well as knowledge of current research and development work within this same field and
  • can show knowledge of Malmö University’s perspectives: environment, gender, and migration and ethnicity.

Applying knowledge and understanding
After finishing the course, the student:
  • can show a well-developed ability to analyse and evaluate information on a scientific basis and can show the same ability in conveying, both orally and in writing, the results of his or her own work, or of the work of others, in dialogue with different interested parties;
  • can show the requisite skills for participating in research and development work, or in other activities where special aptitude is needed and
  • can apply knowledge of Malmö University’s perspectives to issues pertaining to the social sciences.

Making judgments and communication skills
After finishing the course, the student:
  • can show an in-depth ability to view issues from a multidisciplinary perspective, and therewith to embrace a scientific and critical approach to their work and
  • can show an in-depth ability to identify and analyse issues and problems connected with matters of ethnicity and migration within society, as well as with relations between majority and minority populations, or between various minority groups


Evaluation is by means of a test to be completed at home and other written assignments to be handed in.

Re-sit examinations
Students who do not pass the regular course exams have the minimum of two re-sit opportunities. Re-sits follow the same form as the original exams, apart from re-sits for group work, which take the form of individual written and oral assignments.

Course content

The course consists of three modules:

1. The first module comprises two optional sub-modules:
A. The Individual, Identity and Society (7,5 credits).
B. Migration, Economics and Politics (7,5 credits).

The first sub-module deals with a variety of issues arising within the compass of the local and the global community, whereby emphasis is given to the meeting of cultures and the construction of identity and ethnicity. Viewed as a whole, this sub-module provides specialised knowledge of the construction of collective identity seen in relation both to population movements and to processes of individualisation in society. At the same time, issues relating to religion and gender are also thoroughly investigated.

The second sub-module, Migration, Economics and Politics, deals with the themes of migration, integration into the labour market and refugee policy. Emphasis is placed partly on the multidisciplinary aspects of migration, including theories of integration, and partly on specialisation in a variety of topics within the scope of the themes previously mentioned. Discussion is based on the prevailing relationship between migration and development at a global level. Another issue addressed is that of the mobility or otherwise of the world’s population.

2. Optional course 7,5 credits

A selection of the optional courses are given each semester depending on the number of students.

3. Project work 15 credits

Learning activities

Learning activities comprise lectures, group work and group exercises, seminar assignments, and independent revision of the course literature in the light of specific questions for study. Students also have access to the university’s computer rooms and library.

A student who has not finished the project work during the course, or has not received a passing grade on the project work at the end of the course cannot be guaranteed continued supervision.

Grading system

Fail (U), Pass (G) or Pass with Distinction (VG).

Course literature and other teaching materials

1. Migration, Economics and Politics
Brettel, Ed & James Hollifield, 2007, Migration Theory: Talking Across disciplines. New York & London: Routledge. (New 2nd Edition).

Hyndman, Jennifer, 2000, Managing Displacement: Refugees and the Politics of Humanitarianism Minnesota: University Press.

May, Tim, 2001, Social Research Issues, Methods and Process. Buckingham: Open University Press.

Pécoud, Antoine & Paul de Guchteneire (eds) 2007, Migration Without Borders: Essays on the free movement of People. Paris: UNESCO publ. & New York: Berghahn. 294pp.

Other Sources
- Borjas, G., 1994, “The Economics of Immigration” in Journal of Economic Literature, Vol.XXX11, pp 1667–1717. Available electronically via JStor.

- Ekberg, J., 1999, “Immigration and the public sector: Income effects for the native population in Sweden” in Journal of Population Economics (1999) 12, pp 411–430. Available electronically via ELIN.

- Portes, Alejandro and Julia Sensenbrenner, 1993, “Embeddedness and Immigration: Notes on the Social Determinants of Economic Action.” The American Journal of Sociology, Vol. 98, No. 6, pp. 1320-1350. Available electronically via JStor.

Well founded fear:

2. The Individual, Society and Identity
Baumann, Gerd, 1999, The Multicultural Riddle. Rethinking National, Ethnic, and Religious Identites.London: Routledge.

Clark, Eric & Bo Pettersson, 2003, Identity, Dynamics and the Construction of Boundaries. Lund: Nordic Academic Press. 224pp.

Giddens, Anthony, 1991, Modernity and self-identity. Self and society in late modern age. Cambridge: Polity Press.

May, Tim, 2001, Social Research: Issues, Methods and Process. Buckingham: Open University Press. 260pp.

Additional material in the form of theses will also be introduced (minimum 200 pages) as set out in the instructions at the beginning of the course.

Other Sources
Webster, Fiona, 2000, ”The Politics of Sex and Gender: Benhabib and Butler Debate Subjectivity” [From MUSE] Hypatia 15.1 (2000), 1-22pp.

Punday, Daniel, 2000, “Foucault’s Body Tropes”. New Literary history, 31: 509-528pp. (MUSE)

Nelson, Lise, 1999, “Bodies (and Spaces) do Matter: The Limits of Performativity”, in Gender, Place and Culture, vol. 6, no. 4, 331–353pp. [From EBSCO]

Elective courses

Elective course: Regular and Irregular Migration
Berggren, Likic-Brboric, Toksöz, Trimikliniotis (Eds.) (2007), "Irregular migration, Informal labour and Community: A Challenge for Europe.", Maastricht: Shaker Publishing. 2007. 494 pages. (selected chapters)

Cinar, D., Gächter A., Waldrauch H. (eds.) (2000) Irregular Migration: Dynamics, Impact, Policy Options. European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research. Vienna. 260 pp.

Jordon, B. and Düvell F. (2002) Irregular Migration. The Dilemmas of Transnational Mobility. Cheltenham, Edward Elgar Publishers. 255 pp

Elective course: Globalization, Nation States and Migration Policies

Bommes, Michael & Geddes, Andrew (2000) Immigration and Welfare. Challenging the Borders of the Welfare State.London: Routledge. (Selected parts).

Cohen, Robin (2006) Migration and its Enemies. Global Capital, Migrant Labour and the Nation- State. Aldershot: Ashgate.
(paperback edition) (242 pages)

Joppke, Christian (1999) Immigration and the Nation-State: the United States, Germany, and Great Britain. New York:
Oxford University Press. (Selected parts)

Malkki, Liisa. (1992) “National Geographic: The Rooting of People and the Territorialization of National Identity Among Scholars
and Refugees”, Cultural Anthropology.

Oishi, Nana (2005) Women in motion. Globalization, State Policies, and Labor Migration in Asia. Stanford, Stanford University
Press. (238 pages) (paperback)

Sassen, Saskia (1998) Globalization and its Discontents. New York: The New Press.(254 pages) (paperback)

Elective course: Sexualities, Ethnicities and Queer/Postmodern Theory

Michel Foucault: An Introduction. The History of Sexuality. Vintage; Reissue edition (April 14, 1990)

Michel Foucault Care of the Self History of Sexuality vol.2. Vintage; Reprint edition (November 28, 1988)

Michel Foucault The use of pleasures History of Sexuality vol.3 Vintage; Reissue edition (April 14, 1990)

Graham Burchell, Colin Gordon and Peter Miller (Ed):The Foucault Effect: Studies in Governmentality: With Two Lectures by and an Interview With Michel Foucault. University of Chicago Press (Trd); (August 1991)

Hubert L. Dreyfus, Paul Rabinow: Michel Foucault: Beyond Structuralism and Hermeneutics. University of Chicago Press; 2nd edition (December 1983)

Ann Laura Stoler Race and the Education of Desire: Foucault's History of Sexuality and the Colonial Order of Things. Duke Univ Pr (Txt); (October 1995)

Judith P. Butler The Psychic Life of Power: Theories in Subjection. Stanford Univ Pr; (June 1997)

Elective course: Caucasus Regions: Conflicts and Migration

Cornell, Svante: 2001: Small nations and great powers : a study of ethnopolitical conflict in the Caucasus. Richmond, Surrey, England : Curzon, [e-book]

Greene, Thomas 1995): Dimensions of migration in Russia and the Caucasus, Refugee Policy Group (RPG) 47 pp.
[online report]

King, Charles (2008): The Ghost of Freedom : A History of the Caucasus. New York : Oxford University Press, 2008
[e-book ]

Robert A. Lewis; Richard H. Rowland (1977): East is West and West is East... Population Redistribution in the USSR and Its Impact on Society. International Migration Review, Vol. 11, No. 1 (Spring, 1977), pp. 3-29. Publisher(s): The Center for Migration Studies of New York, Inc.
– JSTOR (access at

Polian, P. M. (2004): Against their will: the history and geography of forced migrations in the USSR / by Pavel Polian. Budapest ; New York: Central European University Press, 2004.

Elective course: Refugees in the European Asylum System
Binder & Tosic, Refugees as a Particular Form of Transnational Migrations and Social Transformations: Socioanthropological and Gender Aspects, in Current Sociology

Brekke (2004), While we are waiting. Uncertainity and empowerment among asylum seekers in Sweden. Oslo: ISF:

Brekke (2009), Why Norway? Understanding Asylum Destinations. Oslo: ISF:

Collins Randall (2010), Conflict Sociology: A Sociological Classic Updated, USA: Paradigm publishers:

Daniele Joly (ed.) (2002), Global Changes in Asylum Regimes, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan:

Levy Carl, Refugees, Europe, Camps/State of Exception: 'Into The Zone', the European Union and Extraterritorial Processing of Migrants, Refugees, and Asylum-Seekers (Theories and Practice), in Refugee Survey Quarterly (2010) 29 (1): 92-119:

Rugen Ruerd (et al) (2009), What determines the Embeddedness of Forced-Return Migrants? Rethinking the Role of Pre- and Post-Return Assistance, in International Migration Review: Volume 43, Issue 4, pages 908–937, Winter 2009:

Bak Martin (et al) (2010), Irregular Migration in a Scandinavian Perspective, Maastrich: Shaker publishing:

Noll Gregor (2010), Why Human Rights Fail to Protect Undocumented Migrants, in European journal of migration and law, 2010 Vol. 12 Nummer2: 241 - 272

Noll Gregor (2003), Visions of the Exceptional: Legal and Theoretical Issues Raised by Transit Processing Centres and Protection Zones, (2003) 5 European Journal of Migration and Law, 303-341

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European Commission - An evaluation Report Financial instrument for return:

Harpviken (et al) Return in Dignity:

Course evaluation

All students are offered an opportunity to give oral and written feedback at the end of the course. A summary of the results will be made available on the school’s web-pages. The students are also given a possibility to offer feedback for each module.

Student participation takes place through the course council


The education is provided by the Faculty of Culture and Society at the department Department of Global Political Studies.

Further information

Despina Tzimoula, Course Coordinator
Phone: 040-6657213