International Migration and Ethnic Relations

Programme - first cycle - 180 credits

Syllabus for students admitted autumn 2012

Programme Code:
SGIME revision 8.1
Date of establishment:
02 March 2007
Date of ratification:
30 August 2012
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
03 September 2012
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
30 November 2011

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 – IM101L), 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’ oral and written English proficiency (Academic Writing and Rhetoric I – EN208L), followed by IM141E Refugees and Asylum Law, and one course aimed at giving a basis for the students’ conscious and reflected choice of research design and research methods in the field of IMER (Basic Research Methods – IM140L).

Term 3 consists of two courses aimed at a deeper understanding of the societal consequences of migration, ethnic diversity and integration: IMER II: The Challenges of Ethnic Diversity and IMER II: Migration, Politics and Social Welfare.

Terms 4 and 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 terms 4 and 5 may include field studies or practice (one term) and/or international exchange studies.

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


Course list:

Learning outcomes

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

  • show a basic knowledge pertaining to the IMER field of study, as well as knowledge and understanding of the scientific basis of this field;

  • show knowledge and understanding of the causes and effects of international migration and an understanding of diverse forms of group identification and group processes, and their significance to inclusion and exclusion mechanisms in society;

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

  • show an in-depth knowledge of one particular area within the IMER field of study and of information concerning current research issues within this field.

Competence and skills
A graduate of the Bachelor’s Programme in International Migration and Ethnic Relations can:

  • show the competency to engage with diverse scientific perspectives,identify the complexities of issues and construct an argument using theories, methods and research results;

  • proficiently formulate problems, and analyse and evaluate information based on scholarly foundations;

  • can demonstrate an ability to communicate and discuss information, problems and solutions with different groups in society, both orally and in writing; and

  • show the competency needed to work independently within the IMER field of study.

Judgment and approach
A graduate of the Bachelor’s Programme in International Migration and Ethnic Relations can:

  • identify and critically approach questions and problems connected to ethnicity and migration related phenomena in society, and relations between majority and minority communities or between diverse groups amongst minorities;

  • show the ability to study IMER related issues in a broader social scientific context and 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; and

  • 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 22,5 credits from IM101E 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.