SOSGEO2800 – Migration, diversity, and inequality

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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 equality 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. Discussion of migration, refugees and integration increasingly characterize public debate, and questions concerning migration and integration rate high in national as well as regional polls about important political issues and elections.

This course will focus on understanding contemporary migration in a historical and comparative perspective, with a major empirical focus on Europe. Why does migration create such political turbulence, and what are the reasons behind contemporary migration? How does migration connect with diversity, and does migration increase or decrease national and global patterns of inequality? 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 inequality in the contemporary world.

Learning outcome


The course will provide:

  • An overview of major trends in global migration and its consequences for diversity and inequality within and across nation-state borders.
  • Key social-science concepts and theories used in the study of migration and diversity.
  • Analytical perspectives in explanations of migration, diversity and inequality.


You will develop the skills to:

  • Critically assess media and political debates about migration and integration.
  • Use different concepts and theories in order to understand and explain migration and diversity.
  • Critically review empirical studies of migration and diversity.
  • Discuss and write about migration and diversity, following the basic rules of scientific inquiry.

General competence

You will be able to:

  • Think analytically about migration, diversity and inequality.
  • Think about contemporary processes in a comparative and historical perspective.
  • Distinguish between academic knowledge versus personal perceptions.
  • Develop respect  for ethical considerations involved in scientific work in general.


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


  • Lectures
  • Seminars (smaller groups)

The seminars are optional, however, if you sign up to a seminar, we expect you to participate. If you do not want to attend seminars, please choose "Seminar 99 - wish not to participate in seminar".

We recommend students to participate in the seminars. You will get guidance from your professor regarding the individual assignment and discuss topics from the assignments in relation to the curriculum.

Information about application for changing seminar group.

Access to teaching

If you have had seminars in this course before, you are not entitled to new instruction.


  • Individual, written assignment
  • 4 hours written school exam

The assignment and exam will be evaluated concurrently by one assessment committee and only one grade will be assigned based on this comprehensive evaluation. The written assignment and the exam normally account for approximately 40 and 60 percent of the final grade, respectively. However, the assessment committee may give more weight to the written assignment in circumstances in which the result is between two grades.

In order to pass the course, a passing grade must be achieved on both the written assignment and the exam in the same semester. 

School exam

The written school exam consists of two parts. Parts one and two account for one-third and two-thirds of the grade, respectively. In order to receive a passing grade on the exam, candidates must complete and pass both parts.

Individual, written assignment

Resitting an exam

Students who wish to resit the exam, must complete both the individual, written assignment and school exam anew.

Written examination

The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.

Read more about written examinations using Inspera.

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read more 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.

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

It is recommended to request an explanation of your grade before you decide to appeal.



The deadline to request an explanation is one week after the grade is published. For oral and practical examinations, the deadline is immediately after you have received your grade.

The explanation should normally be given within two weeks after you have asked for it. The examiner decides whether the explanation is to be given in writing or verbally.

If you decide to make a complaint, both your assignment and school exam will be evaluated again.

Explanation of your grade

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.

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