RHI-54806 Global Migration


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Individual Paper2
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)dr. MA de Haas
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. H Maat
dr. MA de Haas

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Relocation of human beings, temporary or permanent, is a phenomenon of all times and all parts of the world. People move voluntarily for trade, tourism, or better living conditions, the latter often being forced upon them by threats, like persecution, economic deterioration, natural disasters or armed conflict. This course addresses the complex issues of global migration from different social science disciplines, most prominently history, sociology, geography, development studies, economics, and political science. The course offers theories and perspectives about labor, social differentiation, integration, colonialism, capitalism, culture and demography. Case studies and examples focus primarily but not exclusively on migration within and from Africa.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- explain the variety of mechanisms of migration and settlement;
- apply social science perspectives to issues of migration;
- understand how the dynamics of migration and settlement reshape societies and cultural identities;
- identify and explain how migration affects international development and rural-urban dynamics.


The course consists of lectures, group work, and individual paper writing.


- written exam with open-ended questions (40%);
- individual paper (40%);
- 3 group assignments (20%).
The minimum mark for each component (the exam, paper and the combined assignments) is a 5.0.


Mavroudi, E., & Nagel, C. (2016), Global Migration. Patterns, processes, and politics. London and New York: Routledge.
Additional literature t.b.a.