Problems and Questions in Contemporary IMER Research

Summary

This course offers in-depth knowledge of central issues in international migration and ethnic relations (IMER). It draws on ongoing research at the department and the expertise of the teaching researchers. The aim is both to develop an understanding of state of the art knowledge in the field and to examine how such knowledge is and can be produced. In so doing, the course consistently combines and integrates theoretical and methodological queries.
The course’s underlying pedagogical philosophy is that the generic intellectual skills of critical thinking and independent analysis are best developed in delimited thematic contexts, in which the connection between knowledge about (findings and theories) and knowledge how (methodology) are most visible and open for scrutiny. To this end, the course is focused on key problems and questions in contemporary IMER research, and benefits from the expertise and current research in the department. Apart from offering students in-depth knowledge on a selected set of subjects in the IMER field, it also develops a more profound and general understanding of what it means “to know” something and how such knowledge is produced in the social sciences.

Admission requirements

Bachelor degree in social sciences or humanities + the equivalent of English course B

Selection:

credits 100%

Syllabus

Syllabus for students autumn 2021, autumn 2020

Course Code:
IM631L revision 2.1
Swedish name:
Problem och frågeställningar inom aktuell IMER-forskning
Level of specialisation
A1N
Main fields of study:
No main fields
Language:
English
Date of ratification:
20 May 2020
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
31 August 2020
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
11 March 2020

Entry requirements

Bachelor degree in social sciences or humanities + the equivalent of English course B

Specialisation and progression relative to the degree regulations

The course is not part of a main field of study.

Purpose

This course offers in-depth knowledge of central issues in international migration and ethnic relations (IMER). It draws on ongoing research at the department and the expertise of the teaching researchers. The aim is both to develop an understanding of state of the art knowledge in the field and to examine how such knowledge is and can be produced. In so doing, the course consistently combines and integrates theoretical and methodological queries.

The course’s underlying pedagogical philosophy is that the generic intellectual skills of critical thinking and independent analysis are best developed in delimited thematic contexts, in which the connection between knowledge about (findings and theories) and knowledge how (methodology) are most visible and open for scrutiny. To this end, the course is focused on key problems and questions in contemporary IMER research, and benefits from the expertise and current research in the department. Apart from offering students in-depth knowledge on a selected set of subjects in the IMER field, it also develops a more profound and general understanding of what it means “to know” something and how such knowledge is produced in the social sciences.

Contents

Each module consists of one general and one specific part. The first part introduces the field, key concepts and theories, important findings and main controversies through a series of lectures and seminars with fixed content/readings. The second part consists of individual work on a more specific topic within the wider area, in which students in dialogue with the teacher(s) select and review a particular research field. The reviewed material can be either secondary or primary. Teaching in the second part is organized as a series of supervision workshops where students and teacher(s) meet and discuss selection and assessment of their respective research fields.

Every autumn two of the following modules will be available for students. The two modules will be offered in succession. Two months before the course starts the two modules will be announced. Each module consists of approximately 1,000 pages of compulsory reading plus an additional 1,000 pages or the equivalent of readings/material selected in agreement with the teacher/s.

The modules are:

  • Populism and Democracy: Party Politics and Beyond
  • Critical Engagement with Analytical Tools in Migration Research
  • Race and Ethnicity - Not offered Autumn 2020
  • Studying Migration and Im/mobility through Qualitative Research - Not offered Autumn 2020
  • Norms and Values in International Migration - Not offered Autumn 2020
  • Statelessness: Understanding Exclusion - Not offered Autumn 2020

Populism and Democracy: Party Politics and Beyond, 15 credits

Contents

The module focuses firstly on populism as a societal phenomenon with the key question being the relation between populism and democracy, and secondly it will scrutinize the so-called Populist Radical Right Parties in relation to their national contexts.

Critical Engagement with Analytical Tools in Migration Research, 15 credits

Contents

Recognizing that theoretical language may be profoundly influenced by the social, historical and political context in which it is used, this module invites the students to critically engage with analytical tools currently used in migration research. Special attention is devoted to the concepts of identity, culture, diversity and integration. These concepts are discussed in connection with the relevant methodological considerations as well as with the political underpinnings of homogenization and problematization of migrant others. The module also reviews attempts to redefine the object of migration studies by reconceptualizing society and societal changes related to migration.

Race and Ethnicity, 15 credits

Contents

The emphasis in this course is on developing a general theoretical understanding of what race and ethnicity means. Through lectures, discussions and watching documentary films, theories of race and ethnicity are related to examples in order to deepen the understanding of race and ethnicity in the contemporary world.

Migration and Im/mobility through Qualitative Reseach, 15 credits

Contents

The module focuses on how migration and mobility impact on individuals’ lives, and how to conduct research that places mobility at its core. The main focus is on the micro level and the lived experiences which are accessed through the narratives of migrants.

Norms and Values in International Migration, 15 credits

Contents

International migration is a field of conflicting goals and realities. This module examines the role and meaning of norms and values in this field from both empirical and normative perspectives, drawing on contemporary research and theories in political theory, anthropology and sociology.

Statelessness: Understanding Exclusion, 15 credits

Contents

This module will focus on the phenomenon of statelessness. It will explore how it is regulated under international law, how it is created, the consequences of being stateless for individuals and states and how it can be resolved. The existence of a large population of people around the world who do not have citizenship of any state also allows for critical engagement with a broad range of concepts (such as the nation-state, citizenship, belonging, identity, bureaucracy and inclusion/exclusion). To achieve this the module will take a highly interdisciplinary approach to exploring the many facets of statelessness.

Grading system

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

Reading list and other media

Each module consists of approximately 1,000 pages of compulsory reading plus an additional 1,000 pages or the equivalent of readings/material selected in agreement with the teacher/s.

Populism and Democracy: Party Politics and Beyond

  • Canovan, Margaret (2005). The People. Cambridge: Polity Press.
  • Norocel, Cristian, Hellström, Anders and Bak-Jørgensen, Martin (forthcoming 2020) Nostalgia and Hope: Intersections between Politics of Culture, Welfare, and Migration. Springer.
  • Hellström, Anders (2016) Trust Us: Reproducing the nation and the Scandinavian Nationalist Populist Parties. New York/Oxford: Berghahn Books
  • Moffit, Benjamin (2020) Populism. Cambridge: Polity Press.
  • Mouffe, Chantal (2019) For a Left Populism. London/New York: Verso Books.
  • Mudde, Cas (2019) The Far Right Today. Cambridge: Polity Press.
  • Mudde, Cas and Kaltwasser, R. (eds.) (2012) Populism in Europe and the Americas. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Panizza, Fransisco (2005) Populism and the mirror of democracy. London/New York: Verso.
  • And, approximately 600-700 pages of journal articles and media material.

Critical Engagement with Analytical Tools in Migration Research

  • Brubaker, R. (2004), Ethnicity Without Groups, chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
  • Caglar, A. (2016) Still 'migrants” after all those years: foundational mobilities, temporal frames and emplacement of migrants, Journal of Ethnic & Migration Studies 42(6), 952–69.
  • Canan, C. & M. K. Simon (2019) Immigration, diversity and the relevance of ascriptive characteristics in defining national identity across 21 countries and 28 West-German districts, Migration Studies 7(2), 201–219.
  • Crawley, H. & D. Skleparis (2018) Refugees, migrants, neither, both: categorical fetishism and the politics of bounding in Europe’s ‘migration crisis’, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 44(1), 48–64.
  • Dahinden, J. (2016) A plea for the ‘de-migranticization’ of research on migration and integration, Ethnic and Racial Studies 39(13), 2207–2225.
  • Fox, J. E. & D. Jones (2013) Migration, everyday life and the ethnicity bias, Ethnicities, 13(4), 385–400.
  • Gans H. J. (2012) Against culture versus structure, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power 19(2), 125–134.
  • Glick Schiller, Nina (2012): Situating identities: towards an identities studies without binaries of difference, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power 19(4), 520–532.
  • Grimson, A. (2010) Culture and identity: two different notions, Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation & Culture 16 (1), 61–77.
  • Hadj Abdou, L. (2019) Immigrant integration: the governance of ethno-cultural differences, Comparative Migration Studies 7, article number 15.
  • Klarenbeek, L. M. (2019a) Relational integration: a response to Willem Schinkel, Comparative Migration Studies 7, article number 20.
  • Klarenbeek, L. M. (2019b) Reconceptualising ‘integration as a two-way process’, Migration Studies, mnz033.
  • Korteweg, Anna C. (2017) The failures of ‘immigrant integration’: the gendered racialized production of non-belonging, Migration Studies 5(3), 428–444.
  • Levitt, P. & M. Crul (2018) Deconstructing and reconstructing. Embracing alternative ways of producing, classifying and disseminating knowledge & Comments (several authors), Etnološka tribina: Godišnjak Hrvatskog etnološkog društva 48(41), 3–50. Available at: https://doi.org/10.15378/1848-9540.2018.41.01
  • Schinkel, W. (2018) Against ‘immigrant integration’: for an end to neocolonial knowledge production, Comparative Migration Studies 6, article number 31.
  • Schramm, M., S. Pultz Moslund, A. Rung Petersen, M. Gebnauer, H. C. Post, S. Vitting-Seerup & F. Wiegand (2019) Reframing Migration, Diversity and the Arts: The Postmigrant Condition, chapters 1, 2, 3, 7 and 10. London: Routledge, selected chapters.
  • Schittenhelm, K. (ed.) (2007) Concepts and Methods in Migration Research. Conference Reader. Available at: www.cultural-capital.net
  • Werbner, P. (2017) Barefoot in Britain – yet again: on multiple identities, intersection(ality) and marginality, The Sociological Review Monographs 65(1), 4–12.
  • Wimmer, A. & N. Glick Schiller (2002) Methodological nationalism and beyond. Nation-state building, migration and the social sciences, Global Networks, 2(4), 301–334.
  • Zapata-Barrero, R. & E. Yalaz (2017) Qualitative Research in European Migration Studies, chapters 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 16. IMISCOE Research Series Springer Open, https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-76861-8.

Course evaluation

The University provides students who participate in or who have completed a course with the opportunity to make known their experiences and viewpoints with regards to the course by completing a course evaluation administered by the University. The University will compile and summarize the results of course evaluations as well as informing participants of the results and any decisions relating to measures initiated in response to the course evaluations. The results will be made available to the students (HF 1:14).

Interim rules

If a course is no longer offered or has undergone major changes, students will be offered a minimum of two re-take sessions based on the syllabus in force at registration during a period of one year from the date of the implementation of the changes.

Other Information

Language of instruction is English

Contact

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

Further information

GPSstudent - Malmö universitet,
Maja Povrzanovic Frykman, Course Coordinator
Phone: 040-6657126

Application

31 August 2020 - 17 January 2021 Day-time 100% Malmö Schedule Application code: mau-01780

National application round

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 39000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 39000 SEK

Open for late application

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30 August 2021 - 16 January 2022 Day-time 100% Malmö