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Course module: 201800009
201800009
Migrants and integration
Course infoSchedule
Course code201800009
ECTS Credits7.5
Category / Level3 (Bachelor Advanced)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Social Sciences; Undergraduate School Sociale Wetenschappen; Interdisciplinary social and behavioural sciences;
Contact persondr. W.H. Poppe
Telephone+31 30 2531923
E-maile.poppe@uu.nl
Lecturers
Lecturer
dr. F. Fleischmann
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Lecturer
dr. W.H. Poppe
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dr. W.H. Poppe
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Teaching period
3  (08/02/2021 to 23/04/2021)
Teaching period in which the course begins
3
Time slotD: WED-afternoon, Friday
Study mode
Full-time
Enrolment periodfrom 02/11/2020 up to and including 29/11/2020
Enrolling through OSIRISYes
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesYes
Pre-enrolmentNo
Post-registrationYes
Post-registration openfrom 25/01/2021 up to and including 26/01/2021
Waiting listNo
Course placement processniet van toepassing
Aims
  • Students will obtain knowledge and insights in the main theories, research questions, empirical findings and policy in the field of migration, ethnic relations and integration of migrants.
  • Students will be able to apply these insights to a particular problem in the field of migration, ethnic relations and integration of migrants.
Both goals will be tested by means of a written exam; while the second goal is tested by means of a few written assignments and a final paper.
Content
The course focuses on main theories, research questions, empirical findings and policy issues in the field of migration, ethnic relations and integration of migrants. The course starts with the topic of international migration by discussing historical trends in migration, types of immigrants, main theories on why people migrate and a few empirical studies testing theoretical explanations in a particular context. Attention will be paid to immigration policy by discussing rationales and trends in (restrictive) immigration control policy and studies on its effectiveness. Subsequently, the course focuses on socio-economic and cultural integration by discussing the main theories and empirical findings on integration outcomes such as position on labour market and identification with national and ethnic group. Why is the unemployment level among (certain) immigrant groups relatively high and what are the explanations for a relatively weak identification with the national group or country of residence? The topic interethnic relations will be discussed from the perspective of the immigrant (group): To what extent have people with a (particular) immigrant background negative or positive attitudes towards the national group and other immigrant groups? And to what extent are the main theories on negative intergroup attitudes, mostly developed and tested from a majority perspective, relevant for immigrants’s attitudes towards other groups? Subsequently, the course will focus on more specific topics within the field of migration, integration and interethnic relations such as (mental) health among immigrant groups, human smuggling and trafficking, radicalization among immigrants and integration of refugees. The specific topics may vary each year due to the availability of guest lectures.  

Academic skills
Writing academic paper
Presenting academic paper

 
Competencies
-
Entry requirements
-
Required materials
Items
(will be announced later)
Instructional formats
Lecture

Class session preparation
Reading obligatory literature (articles and chapters of scientific journals and books).

Work group (tutorial)

General remarks
Nine meetings of three hours.

Class session preparation
Students have to prepare each meeting by studying the weekly obligatory literature and once a presentation on a weekly assignment and one on their final paper. Furthermore, students have to hand in a few assignments before class meetings (four weekly assignments, paper proposal and preliminary final paper).

Contribution to group work
Students work in groups of three (or two): firstly on four weekly group assignments related to the topic of the week and subsequently on a paper focusing on a particular problem in the field of migration, integration or ethnic relations; in one of the last two meetings the subgroup will present their paper and lead a group discussion on the topic. Furthermore, active participation is expected during group discussion and after presentations.

Tests
Paper
Test weight50
Minimum grade5.5

Assessment
Paper with a clear problem definition in the field of migration, integration or interethnic relations focusing on applying relevant theoretical insights and reviewing relevant empirical studies. The final paper concerns a revision of the preliminary final paper using feedback of fellow students and the teacher (a description of feedback points and how it was used is presented in appendix of the paper).

Exam
Test weight50
Minimum grade5.5

Assessment
Exam consists of multiple choice and open questions on content of the lectures and the obligatory course readings testing knowledge of main theories and empirical studies and ability to apply these insights to a specific context.

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