International Migration and Ethnic Relations

Programme - first cycle - 180 credits

Syllabus for students admitted autumn 2017

Programme Code:
SGIME revision 14
Date of establishment:
02 March 2007
Date of ratification:
15 May 2014
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
01 September 2014
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
07 November 2012

Entry requirements

General entry requirements + English B.


Term 1 contains an introductory course in IMER (International Migration and Ethnic Relations I), with modules focusing on two main themes within the field: international migration and ethnic relations.

Term 2 contains one course aimed at strengthening the students’ written English proficiency, followed by a course aimed at giving a basis for the students’ conscious and reflected choice of research design and research methods in the field of IMER.

Term 3 consists of two courses aimed at a deeper understanding of the role of international and internal migration in the construction of contemporary societies and how societies address the outcome of such movements, specifically the issues of ethnic diversity and integration: IMER II: The Challenges of Ethnic Diversity and IMER II: Europe and International Migration.

Terms 4 consists of the course Refugees and Asylum Law followed by the course Project Management: Plan, Execute and Evaluate.

Term 5 consist of elective courses, giving the students a chance to develop their interests and knowledge within fields relevant for future work or studies. The studies during term 5 may include field studies, internships or international exchange studies.

Term 6 consists of the courses IMER III: Research Theory and Methodology and IMER III: Project Work.



For programme with start Autumn 2017:
Autumn 2017 - Semester 1
Spring 2018 - Semester 2
Autumn 2018 - Semester 3
Spring 2019 - Semester 4
Autumn 2019 - Semester 5
  • -
Spring 2020 - Semester 6

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

A graduate of the Bachelor’s Programme in International Migration and Ethnic Relations shall:

- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the causes of international migration and its effects on sending and receiving societies, using both theoretical approaches and empirical case studies.
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how ethnicity and culture are constructed and reconstructed in social processes at societal and micro level, and how diverse forms of group identification and group processes relate to mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion in society.
- Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of specific areas within the IMER-field of study which includes current research questions in this field.
- Demonstrate knowledge of methods used within the IMER-filed, in particular the comparative method, ethnographic methods and interviews, text analysis, and quantitative methods.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the multidisciplinary foundation of IMER and of methodological considerations connected to this multidisciplinary approach.

Competence and skills

A graduate of the Bachelor’s Programme in International Migration and Ethnic Relations shall:

- Critically discuss various problems in the IMER-field by collecting, analyzing and evaluating information based on scholarly foundations.
- Show the competence to independently, and within an agreed timeframe, identify, formulate and solve problems in the IMER-field of studies, by using theories, methods, research results and various forms of empiricism.
- Demonstrate an ability to apply and reflect on different scientific methods used in the IMER-field of study.
- Demonstrate an ability to communicate and discuss information, problems and solutions with different groups in society, both orally and in writing.
- Demonstrate the ability to reflect on how to plan, conduct and evaluate projects addressing issues in the IMER-field.
- Show the ability to communicate research results orally and in writing.

Judgement and approach

A graduate of the Bachelor’s Programme in International Migration and Ethnic Relations shall:

- Identify and critically approach questions and problems connected to migration-related phenomena in society like ethnic issues, integration and so on.
- Show the ability to make judgments taking into consideration relevant scientific, societal and ethical aspects.
- Show the ability to be critically engaged, understand the role of knowledge in society, and understand the responsibilities behind its use.
- Show the ability to identify their need for further knowledge and competency.


Bachelor's degree.

Other Information

Progression requirements within the programme:

To continue studies from year 1 to year 2:
60 credits from year one. (Exemption may be granted to students who have completed 45 credits in the first year under condition that these 45 credits include at least 20 credits from IM104L International Migration and Ethnic Relations 1-30).

To start the final term of the programme:
150 credits within the programme. (Exemption may be granted to students who have completed 120 credits under condition that these credits include 60 credits of main subject courses in International Migration and Ethnic Relations, that is both the 1-30 and the 31-60 levels, term 1 and 3 in the programme).

In addition, special requirements can be applied to the elective courses.