IMER II: Europe and International Migration

Course - first cycle - 15 credits

Syllabus for students autumn 2019, autumn 2018

Course Code:
IM258L revision 3
Level of specialisation
Main fields of study:
International Migration and Ethnic Relations
Date of ratification:
16 May 2017
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
06 November 2017
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
16 May 2017

Entry requirements

The special prerequisite for this course is IMER 1.

Specialisation and progression relative to the degree regulations

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


The aim of the course is to learn how to apply and make use of migration theories and concepts to better understand how the EU and European countries deal with international migration issues.


This course seeks to deepen the understanding of the main theoretical perspectives relating to international migration and integration with a special focus on Europe. An important focus is how different historical trajectories have influenced contemporary approaches to migration within Europe; as well as how contemporary national and EU politics meets the challenges of migration. A broad spectrum of various types of migration will be discussed. The legal systems and the main governing bodies of migration will be discussed in a comparative European perspective. The students will learn to apply theories of migration on empirical case studies from different parts of Europe.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course the student shall be able to:

  • Analyze how historical trajectories have influenced contemporary approaches to migration within Europe.
  • Show a critical understanding of the EU’s institutional migration structures.
  • Describe different policy directions in the broad migration field being undertaken by different European countries and the EU.
  • Identify and understand the different uses of the main theoretical perspectives in international migration theory.
  • Critically apply concepts and theories of migration to empirical case studies from different parts of Europe.
  • Critically approach contemporary research questions within the field of IMER.

Learning activities

Teaching is principally conducted in the form of lectures and seminars. A major part of the work consists of independent studies. Students are presumed to pursue their own reading and discussion groups.


The student’s performance is appraised by means of home assignments. Two individual take home exams will be given, one after half time and the other after completion of the whole course. The examinations test knowledge and understanding of the IMER issues covered in the course as well as the student’s ability, within agreed timetables and in line with other examination requirements, to critically analyze, evaluate and resolve IMER questions.

Students who do not pass the regular course exams have the minimum of two re-take opportunities. Re-takes follow the same form as the original exams.

Grading system

Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).

Course literature and other teaching materials

• Geddes, Andrew & Scholten, Peter (2016) The politics of migration and immigration in Europe, London: Sage [2nd edition].
• Howard, Marc Morjé (2009) The Politics of Citizenship in Europe, New York: Cambridge University Press.
• Alba, Richard and Foner, Nancy (2015) Strangers no more - Immigration and the challenges of integration in North America and western Europe, New Jersey: Princeton University Press.
• Triandafyllidou, Anna, & Lundqvist, Asa , (2010) Irregular Migration in Europe : Myths and Realities, Farnham: Ashgate
• Compendium (700 pages)

Course evaluation

All students are offered an opportunity to give written feedback at the end of the course. A summary of the results will be made available. The students are also given a possibility to offer feedback through the course council.