Netherlands, Utrecht

Demographics and Migration Crisis in Trump-era

when 15 July 2019 - 5 August 2019
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 4 ECTS
fee EUR 780

Demographics, Migration Crisis in Trump-Era is a two week summer course that examines trends in global demographics, migration and migration policies today from interdisciplinary perspectives. Shifts in demographic structures either by migration or by aging will bring challenges for human rights, social inequality, public welfare policies and cultural dilemma’s, clashing between liberal democracy and nationalism/populism (Trumpism). The course will address academic research and debates as well as policy's dilemma’s, which are framed in e.g. pro versus anti-globalization, human rights versus nationalism or even populims and the West against the Muslim world.

Demographics, Migration Crisis in Trump-Era is a two week summer course that examines trends in global demographics, migration and migration policies today from interdisciplinary perspectives. Some scholars stress the negative effects of main demographic shifts and migration flows, others see new challenges. E.g. aging does not progress everywhere with the same speed. Recent emerging economies will age later, but in a much higher speed than developed countries did. Migrant and refugee flows are highly divers in push and pull factors and therefore not predictable. Demographics, economic pull centers, poverty and wars, all play a role. National and local governmental organizations prepare, anticipate and try to mitigate the aging, migration and economic issues with an array of policies, leading to regulations, provisions and lawful policies as well as populism. The UN is one of the players in the international arena, but local municipalities have their own issues to deal with increasing migrant groups and aging communities. Shifts in demographic structures either by migration or by aging will bring macro, meso and micro challenges of economic growth, urban planning, public welfare policies and cultural dilemma’s. The course will address academic research and debates as well as policies dilemma’s, which are framed in e.g. pro versus anti-globalization, human rights versus own people first populism or Christianity versus Islam.

Course leader

Prof. dr. Jeanne de Bruijn

Course aim

The course aims at familiarizing students with a contemporary phenomenon that can be seen as one of the most outspoken expressions of globalization. The perspective of the course is primarily sociological, but it also leans heavily on notions from other disciplines such as social geography, demography, economics, political science, cultural anthropology and social philosophy. It attempts to illustrate the usefulness of combining insights from different disciplines for a better understanding of a social phenomenon that many consider highly problematic. Students will become familiar with the most important theories in the fields of demographics and migration, integration, and citizenship. The course also makes students acquainted with various ways in which the outcomes of academic research can be interpreted and implemented. Finally, it encourages students to reflect on ethical and practical dilemmas and to develop new ideas that may contribute to finding solutions for a very complex issue in society.

Fee info

EUR 780: Course fee
EUR 350: Housing fee

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