Netherlands, Utrecht (NL)

Migration, Integration and Ethnic Relations

when 17 August 2015 - 28 August 2015
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 970

This course introduces students to social scientific theories and empirical research on international migration, the integration of immigrants and their children, and reactions of the host society. Throughout, we use an interdisciplinary and analytical approach, drawing on theories and empirical research from sociology, psychology, political science, demography and economics, among others. The two-week course covers a broad range of topics related to migration, integration and ethnic relations, such as reasons for international migration, modes of immigrant adaptation and acculturation, identity, religion, stereotyping, discrimination, inequality, radical right wing voting and inter-ethnic contacts

Migration has made European countries ethnically and culturally more diverse. While migrants try to find their way in a new and sometimes hostile environment, host populations also have to adapt to migrants and the new religious and cultural diversity they bring with them. Migrants and host populations face the challenge of acceptance and adaptation in spite of initial resistance, possible social exclusion and explicit political rejection by part of the host population.

Course leader

Dr. Marcel Coenders

Target group

The course is designed for students in the social sciences interested in a research-oriented approach to the causes and consequences of migration and diversity. It is relevant for students across all disciplines in the social sciences and who are interested in theory-driven, quantitative and analytical research on migration, integration and ethnic relations. The course is suitable for Bachelor and Master students.

Course aim

Based on readings, presentations, short assignments and class discussions, students will build up (a) an overview of the main research questions, theories, and current empirical findings on international migration, integration, and ethnic relations, (b) knowledge of large-scale datasets and understanding of research methods that are commonly used in this field, (c) the ability to critically evaluate empirical research, (d) the ability to apply this knowledge to new problems within this field. This ability includes generating new research questions, using specific theories to elaborate research questions, formulating hypotheses, and critical reflecting on current trends and debates on migration, integration and ethnic relations.

Credits info

3 EC
Certificate of attendance

Fee info

EUR 970: Course + course materials + housing
EUR 630: Course + course materials


Utrecht Summer School doesn't offer scholarships for this course.

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