Netherlands, Utrecht

Demographics and Migration Crisis in Trump-era

when 17 July 2017 - 28 July 2017
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 4 ECTS
fee EUR 945

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).

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

Target group

The course is aimed at advanced bachelor students such as:
- Social science majors interested in studying demographics, migration crises and global aging issues and policy making, including the respective roles of the EU, US and national governments.
- International relations and law students interested in learning more about Human Rights and the actual functioning of (EU) policy making in the domains of demographics, migration and integration.

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.

Credits info

4 ECTS
4.0 ECTS credits + Certificate of Attendance

Fee info

EUR 945: Course + course materials + housing
EUR 595: Course + course materials

Scholarships

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

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