Netherlands, Utrecht

Migration, Integration and Ethnic Relations

when 4 July 2016 - 15 July 2016
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 ECTS
fee EUR 980

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.

Course leader

Dr. Marcel Coenders

Target group

The course is designed for students interested in a social science 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.

Fee info

EUR 980: Course + course materials + housing
EUR 630: Course + course materials

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