Global Migration History

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Global Migration History

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    At least on year of history or social sciences

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Students will develop a familiarity with human movement throughout history and learn to see global history as a history of human mobility. They will acquire knowledge of key literature in the field, learn to apply the concepts and terminology used by the historians and social scientists, and to use sources to reconstruct migration flows and experiences. They will also practice the presentation of case studies.

    This course approaches migration as a universal phenomenon throughout human history. This course will first offer an introduction in concepts and terminology. Recent interdisciplinary trends in the field of global migration history will be discussed.

    The course will be a combination of lectures and discussion. Students should come prepared to discuss readings assigned for each class and answer questions on them. Questions will be posted on Blackboard. Some of the discussions will be in the form of group assignments where students will discuss questions in groups and then report back to the plenary.

    Short response papers, a midterm essay and a final research paper. Research papers can be based on literature, an ethnographic case study, an oral history, or a visual investigation (photo essay). Attendance is compulsory.

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