SOSGEO2800 – Migration, diversity, and integration

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

Course content

This course provides a theoretical and empirical introduction to contemporary migration and consequences of migration. Whereas migration always has characterized human societies, contemporary patterns of global migration are novel in their political, ethnic and religious significance for diversity and integration within and across nation-states. International human rights regimes counter regional and nation-state independence in struggles over asylum requirements, family reunion rules, welfare rights for migrants and their children, and integration policies. Discussions of migration, refugees and integration increasingly characterize public debate. Questions concerning migration and integration rate high in national as well as regional polls about important political issues.

This course will focus on understanding contemporary migration in a historical, theoretical, and comparative perspective, with a major empirical focus on Europe. Among the questions that will be raised and discussed are: Why does migration create such political turbulence? What are the reasons and driving forces behind contemporary migration? How does migration connect with diversity, national and global patterns of inequality, and integration? Do for instance the children of immigrants and ethnic minorities fare worse or better than natives in getting jobs, education and more informal social inclusion?

Theories of ethnicity, nationalism, transnationalism and racism will inform the discussion of how migration links with diversity and integration in the contemporary world.

Learning outcome

The course will provide:

  1. An overview of major historical and geographical trends in global migration
  2. An overview of the different categories, forms, and motives of migration
  3. An introduction to central theories of and relevant concepts related to migration, diversity, and integration
  4. An insight into how nation-states, political parties, and majority populations address and react to issues related to international migration, diversity, and integration
  5. An insight into how questions related to migration, diversity, and integration are addressed and discussed on the research front
  6. Critical perspectives on lay discourse and academic studies related to migration, diversity, and integration


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  • Lectures


  • Home exam

The home exam is evaluated A-F.

Resitting an exam

Students who wish to resit the exam, must complete the home exam.

Submit assignments in Inspera

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

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.

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

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

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

The explanation is given in Inspera.

Resit an examination

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.


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


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