EUS4010 – Borders, bodies and memories: Textual and cultural representation of contemporary migration in Europe

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Course content

The course offers a broad introduction to Migration into and within Europe and Scandinavia from 2015 to present times. The emphasis  will be given to the study of the realities and cultural representations of both emigration and immigration and the economic, sociocultural and cognitive effects migration may have on migrants as well as on European citizens and national institutions.

Forced migration towards Europe has had a deep cognitive and emotional impact on the migrant subjects, shaping their economic situation and their individual and collective identity. It has even disrupted not only migrants’ own consciences, but also the way that national governments in Europe and worldwide have perceived what now is referred to in the media as the refugee crisis. The main influx of non-European migrants has been mainly through a) Greece and the Balkan countries, b) Libya and Italy, and c) the Spain’s African territories (Ceuta and Melilla) into Andalusia.  

To the extent that it is relevant, the textual and cultural representations of both emigration and immigration in Europe and Scandinavia will be studied in relation to their historical and social background as well as from an interdisciplinary and an inter-national perspective.

Learning outcome

After completing this course students will:

  • Have acquired an interdisciplinary, as well as a European, non-European and Scandinavian insight into major trends in contemporary forced migration into Europe and across its nation-state borders.
  • Be able to critically analyze and write on various types of texts, ranging from EU legal texts to cultural representations of migration in contemporary literature, written and oral testimonies and media images of people across countries inside and outside Europe and Scandinavia;
  • Be familiar with public discourse dealing with topics such as migration and government policies, as well as the relation of migration to body politics, semiotics, visual arts, traveling and border literature, and cultural translation;
  • Be able to recognize through the analysis of contemporary cartography the transnational routes taken by many kinds of migrants across different borders of Europe and Scandinavia


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Recommended previous knowledge

The course assumes a good proficiency in oral and written English.


The course consists of one hour lecture and one hour seminar for ten weeks: 20 hours in all. 

For spring 2021, attendance is not required, but highly recommended.

Students are expected to come prepared to each seminar.

Required activity

A paper one essay (minimum 5 pages per student) written by one (1) student or by a group of 3 students is required as a mid-term mandatory activity. The essay can be written in English or Norwegian.

Each student group will be assigned to write about one of the four migratory regions (Greece and the Balkan countries; Libya and Italy; Spain’s African territories of Ceuta and Melilla; or Scandinavia) using information and knowledge acquired during the course (questionnaires, lectures notes, class discussions, and blog discussions), and other sources.

Approved teaching activity is valid in the current and the next two semesters the course will be given.


The exam form is an individually written term paper. The topic of the term paper is chosen in consultation with the teacher. The paper should be ten pages (2,300 characters without spaces). This does not include the references and cover page. The paper must cite sources and contain a works cited list.


Asssessment guideline

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit assignments in Inspera.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

English, Norwegian, Swedish or Danish. If you wish to submit a term paper in the foreign language you study, you can apply to do so at the beginning of the semester. Contact the student adviser if you wish to do so.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Special examination arrangements

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The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Spring 2021

Not offered Spring 2022


Spring 2021

Not offered Spring 2022

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