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
R Keenan
dr. MA de Haas
Examiner(s)dr. MA de Haas

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Human migration, both temporary and permanent, is a phenomenon of all times and places. People move for work, tourism or trade. Even if people move voluntarily to improve their living conditions, their mobility is often a response to threats like persecution, economic hardship, natural disasters or armed conflict. Migration tends to be a highly politicized issue, but migrant movement also has proven hard to  control, let alone stop. This course addresses migration issues in a global perspective, considering migration history, the link between migration and development, the plight of refugees, migration policies, and migrant identities and integration. The course discusses numerous case studies from across the global north and south, and introduces theoretical perspectives from various social science disciplines to help students to make sense of the complexities of global migration.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- identify various dimensions and drivers of migration processes and outcomes in past and present;
- examine the role of migration in shaping political discourse, labor market dynamics and cultural identities;
- employ social science theory to make sense of complex global migration patterns;
- develop theory-informed argumentation on a chosen aspect of migration in a demarcated temporal and geographical framework.


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


- written exam with open-ended questions (40%);
- individual paper (40%);
- group assignments (20%).
The minimum grade for each component (the exam, paper and the combined assignments) is a 5.5.


Hein de Haas, Stephen Castles and Mark J. Miller (2020) The Age of Migration (6th edition). London: Routledge. 

Additional literature t.b.a.