International Migration and Ethnic Relations, master programme

Program - avancerad nivå - 120 hp

Utbildningsplan för studenter antagna höst 2010, höst 2009

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Engelsk benämning:
International Migration and Ethnic Relations , master programme
06 mars 2007
26 februari 2009
Beslutande instans:
Fakulteten för kultur och samhälle
Gäller från:
01 september 2009
Ersätter utbildningsplan fastställd:
04 december 2008


1. Degree of Bachelor in Social Sciences or Humanities

2. General eligibility + the equivalent of English course B from Swedish secondary school.


Semester 1:
The Research Field of IMER, 15 credits
The course gives an introduction to advanced IMER studies and current themes in IMER research.

Theoretical Foundations of the IMER-field, 15 credits
During the course, we will discuss and problematise the work of classical theoreticians relevant to the multi-disciplinary field of IMER research.

Semester 2:
Theory of Science and Research Methodology, 15 credits
During the course, we will discuss the theory of science and methods of research relevant to the multi-disciplinary field of advanced IMER studies.

IMER Master (one-year) Thesis, 15 credits (or elective course, 15 credits).
Students attending the two-year master programme can choose between either carrying out a 15 credit thesis or an elective course of 15 credits. Elective course must be approved by programme coordinator.

Semester 3:
Elective courses, 30 credits
During this semester, the student chooses suitable courses (covering a total of 30 credits) offered by IMER or other departments or institutions, preferably on the advanced level. Elective course must be approved by programme coordinator.

Semester 4:
IMER Master Thesis, 30 credits
The two-year master programme is concluded with a 30 credit thesis, covering one full semester.




Knowledge and understanding
On completion of the programme the student must

  • knowledge of a wide range of issues within the field of study encompassed by IMER, and specialised knowledge and understanding of the causes and consequences of international migration;
  • specialised knowledge of migration-related phenomena and their consequences for different sectors of society;
  • specialized knowledge of different forms of group identification and of how these are affected by notions of religion, culture, language and ethnicity, all of which have a bearing on mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion in society and
  • in-depth knowledge of the theory of science as well as methodology within the field of research encompassing the humanities and the social sciences, with particular emphasis on issues related to IMER research;

Applying knowledge and understanding
On completion of the programme the student must
  • the skills required to act as a creative resource and to impart information about issues in society related to migration;
  • the ability to integrate knowledge critically and systematically, and to analyse, evaluate and handle complex issues and situations, even when in possession of limited information;
  • the ability to independently postulate theses, within agreed timetables, on the basis diverse scientific perspectives; as well as to identify the complexity of the issue and construct the argumentation required to carry out advanced investigations and scientific work, in line with strict scientific research procedure;
  • the ability to demonstrate their acquired knowledge by means of an extensive independent piece of work evidencing in-depth ability to analyse and evaluate scientific information and
  • the ability to communicate the results of their own work, and the results of others, both orally and in writing.

Making judgments and communication skills
On completion of the programme the student must
  • be able to address key issues in the field of IMER from a broad social scientific and humanistic research perspective;
  • be able to identify their own needs for further knowledge and to take responsibility for the development of such knowledge through a critical scientific approach to IMER-related issues and
  • have the ability to evaluate IMER-related issues from the relevant social and ethical perspectives, and will have in-depth insight into the possibilities and limitations of science, its role in society and our collective responsibility for how it is used.