International Migration and Ethnic Relations

Programme - first cycle - 180 credits

Syllabus for students admitted autumn 2011

Programme Code:
SGIME revision 7
Date of establishment:
02 March 2007
Date of ratification:
03 June 2010
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
01 September 2010
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
11 February 2010

Entry requirements

The special prerequisite for this programme focus, besides basic eligibility for university studies, is fieldeligibility 6: Civics A and English B. Applicants are exempted from the Civics A requirement.


Term 1 contains an introductory course in IMER (International Migration and Ethnic Relations I – IM101E), with two modules focusing on the themes of international migration and ethnic relations respectively.

Term 2 begins with a course aimed at strengthening the students’ oral and written English proficiency (Academic Writing and Rhetoric I – EN208E), and another English course which introduces important cultural studies perspectives (Culture and Representation – EN222E), followed by an IMER course aiming at a deeper understanding of the societal consequences of ethnic diversity and integration (IMER: Challenges of Ethnic Diversity – IM235E).

Term 3 starts with an IMER course where the theme of international migration is further developed (IMER: Migration, Politics and Social Welfare – IM236E). The second half of the term consists of a course (Migration: Process, Experience and Identity Transformation – IM239E) – aimed at deepening the student’s understanding of the links between the migration and identity/etnicity perspectives within the IMER field.

Terms 4 and 5 consist of elective courses focused on a particular area in the study of international migration and ethnic relations. The concept of “Area Studies” typically refers to a geographical region in the world, but could in some cases deal with a thematically chosen area, e.g., a particular ethnic group or some other international phenomenon related to migration and ethnicity. The aim of these two terms is to give the studies a profoundly international focus and to enable the students’ in-depth understanding of a particular theme of their choice. The studies during terms 4 and 5 may include field studies or practice and/or international exchange studies.

Term 6 consists of a course in research methodology and theory of science from an IMER perspective (IMER: Research Methodology – IM240E) , and a BA thesis course (IMER: Project Work).


Course list:

Learning outcomes

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

  • has basic knowledge pertaining to the fields of the humanities and social science with specific competence concerning the IMER field of knowledge, as well as knowledge and understanding of the scientific basis of this field;

  • has knowledge and understanding of the causes and effects of international migration in the form of refugeeism, integration and segregation related issues, and has an understanding of diverse forms of group identification, often connected to religion, culture and ethnicity, which is significant to inclusion and exclusion mechanisms in society;

  • possesses a fundamental understanding of the ethnic and social identity processes which occur comprehensively at societal and micro levels;

  • has in-depth knowledge of one particular sphere within the IMER field of knowledge and of information concerning current research issues within the IMER field of knowledge, and
  • has an understanding of Malmö University’s perspective: the environment, gender, migration, and ethnicity.

Applying knowledge and understanding
A graduate of the Bachelor’s Programme in International Migration and Ethnic Relations:

  • has the competency to familiarise themselves with diverse scientific perspectives and can identify the complexities of issues and construct an argument using theories, methods and research results;

  • can proficiently formulate problems, and analyse and evaluate information based on scholarly foundations, as well as account for information, problems and solutions with other groups both orally and in writing;

  • has the competency needed to work independently within the IMER field of knowledge and/or within the field of research, and

  • has the ability to apply their knowledge of Malmö University’s perspective—the environment, gender, migration, and ethnicity—to issues related to the field of international migration and ethnic relations.

Making judgments and developing communication skills
A graduate of the Bachelor’s Programme in International Migration and Ethnic Relations:

  • has the ability to identify and confine themselves to questions and problems connected to ethnic and migration related phenomena in society, and relations between majority and minority communities or between diverse groups amongst minorities;

  • has the ability to study IMER-related issues in a broader social scientific context and can make judgments taking into consideration relevant scientific, societal and ethical aspects;

  • has the ability to be critically engaged, understands the role of knowledge in society, and understands the responsibilities behind its use, and

  • has the ability to identify their need for further knowledge and competency.


Bachelor's Degree.

Other Information

In order to continue studies within the programme, a minimum of 45 higher education credits from the previous year of studies is required. Special requirements can be applied to the respective elective course.