SOS4800 – Globalisation, migration and religion

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The course is replaced by SOSGEO4800 - Globalisation, migration and religion

The course explores sociological issues related to globalization, migration and religion. The course is based on recent theoretical contributions within the sociology of migration as well as the sociology of religion. Globalisation processes and changes in national states have significance for migrants in our time. The course discusses issues related to multiculturalism, transnationalism, religion, neoliberal political trends, and right-wing populism. The course also covers various aspects of international migration like migration flows (including labor migration), irregularity, citizenship and ethnic identity.

Learning outcome


  • Explain and provide examples of different frameworks and approaches to understanding globalization, international migration and religion
  • Understand both the need for and challenges to interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches to the study of migration
  • Be able to identify how worldviews, values and beliefs influence the construction of knowledge in the field of migration policies and religion
  • The course will contribute to a theoretically grounded understanding of globalization, migration and religion, and key processes that affect various aspects of the migration process. The course provides a good foundation for working on a thesis concerning the study of migration and/or religion.


  • Critically read and discuss articles and chapters on the sociology of migration, recognizing the importance of different discourses and approaches;
  • Use different theories when discussing a more concrete empirical phenomenon.
  • Develop skills for oral and written presentation of knowledge and competencies.


  • Ability to explain linkages between diverse phenomena related to globalization, migration and religion.
  • Capacity to understand complex issues from multiple perspectives.
  • Improved capacity for self-reflection and self-awareness.
  • Understanding of how to engage with migration issues from a more knowledge-based perspective.


This course is a part of the Master's programme in Sociology.

Students in other master programs may apply to be accepted as guest students. Please note that the following special restrictions apply:

• Applicants must be admitted to a master program.
• This course will be taken as a part of their Master's degree. A confirmation from the student’s supervisor must be attached to the application.
• There are available places in this course.

Applications must be sent the department by 20 January 2013.'

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.

International applicants, if you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.


Formal prerequisite knowledge



The course will be organized as seminars including lectures and discussions three times a week.

This course is taught at the University of Oslo, Blindern campus, Harriet Holter’s House.

The lectures are given in English.

Teaching takes place intensively during four weeks, as outlined in the course plan.

In relation to the semester paper, each student is offered one hour individual counseling (including counseling and preparation).


Assessment is based on a short term paper (4000 words maximum). The short paper counts 40% of final grade whilst the exam counts 60%. Guidelines for the term paper

Both term paper and exam must be passed the same semester in order to receive a valid final grade.

When submitting the term paper students are required to submit a compulsory statment regarding plagiarism

Any essay etc. handed in at the University of Oslo may be checked for plagiarism by use of the URKUND text recognition software.

Previous exam texts

Examination support material

Students may use dictionaries at this exam. Dictionaries must be handed in before the examination. Please read regulations for dictionaries permitted at the examination.

Language of examination

The students can choose whether they will write the paper and exam in English, Norwegian, Swedish or Danish.

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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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.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


This course is evaluated by distributing evaluation forms at the last lecture of the semester and every four years the course undergoes a thorough evaluation.

An external auditor regularly evaluates the academic quality of the course and he/she makes a written report every year.

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Spring 2015


Spring 2015

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