This course is discontinued

NORAM4511 – Research Seminar in International Migration and Ethnicity Studies

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Course content

Some books and articles change a field. They alter the way we think, how our questions are framed, the very language and kinds of evidence that we use in efforts to find solutions to puzzles in an area of study. Emphasizing recent or contem-porary scholarship, this seminar course focuses on the discussion and close analysis of a few such works in the field of American Immigration and Ethnic History.

Learning outcome

After completing this course you will have:

  • acquired a good general knowledge of trends and seminal works in the field of American immigration and ethnic history
  • learned to identify and evaluate what it is that has shifted the focus of debate, provided new concepts or methods or opened up new sources of evidence.
  • acquired a sound grounding in the evolving historiography of the field and practice in choosing topics and planning a project for their own MA research.


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

The course has a capacity of 15 students.  ILOS will not provide additional capacity if there are more applicants.


Recommended previous knowledge

Good oral, reading and writing skills in English are expected. NORAM1501 – Immigration and Ethnicity in American Life (discontinued), NORAM2577 – An Enlightening Lens: American History through the Prism of the Immigrant Experience (discontinued), NORAM4577 – An Enlightening Lens: American History through the Prism of the Immigrant Experience (discontinued), and other BA and 2000-4000 level courses involving international migration and ethnicity in history, anthropology and geography are appropriate preparation for this master’s seminar.


Seminar, two hours per week for 14 weeks, 28 hours in all.

Attendance is obligatory at least 11 out of 14 seminars. Additional absences must be justified by documentation given to the exam coordinator.

Students must give an oral presentation and turn in an essay of 5 standard pages (2000 words) by the stated deadlines in the semester. These projects must be approved by the instructor. Students have to fulfil all the requirements in order to sit the exam.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


Final marks are awarded on the basis of a 4-hour written examination.

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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.

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Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

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