Current Themes in Migration Studies

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Current Themes in Migration Studies

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study

    Anthropology, History

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

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

    After completing this course, students are able to:
    (1) identify, understand and explain key-developments in ethnographic, historiographical and legal studies of migration
    (2) apply concepts and methodological tools to analyze migration in a variety of academic disciplines and scholarly genres, i.e. ethnography, historiography and legal study
    (3) evaluate contemporary interdisciplinary approaches and position themselves within key-debates

    In this advanced course, students read and discuss recent key-contributions in the study of migration. During this intensive course, students learn to approach migration as an object of study from various disciplinary approaches and angles. To what extent do migration historians rely on conceptual insights from the social sciences? How does an ethnographer analyze cross-border interactions? And in what ways could a legal scholar benefit from a an anthropological approach? Special attention is given to recent developments in the field, i.e. diaspora studies, refugee studies and postcolonial studies. Students participate in weekly expert seminars on the study of migration, with a migration historian, an ethnographer and a legal scholar. These are aimed at developing students’ reading, analytical and general research skills. Students learn how to assess key-studies in migration studies by writing three academic reviews and by discussing their findings with fellow students and an expert in the field. Finally, students write a paper in which they reflect on what they have learnt about the interdisciplinary approaches addressed in the seminars, and position themselves within key-debates.


    Written assignments (25%), position paper (75%).

    Students must have completed their first year of BA-study.

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