SOSGEO4801 – Social Movements in the Age of Migration

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Migration, race and diversity are high on the agenda of political debate in Europe today. In this course, we take a closer look at how collective action and political protest have related to these themes in earlier times and today. Although most of the research texts in the course will deal with collective action motivated by structural positions and social identities related to ethnicity, religion, class, gender, nation and race, we are open to students who want to focus on other themes such as for example climate, feminism or anti-capitalism. 

How do actors identifying with queer, feminist, and national movements relate to an increasing diversity in terms of ethnicity, religion, and race? Do we see an increase in intersectional frames and mobilization efforts in feminist, nationalist and anti-racist movements? How have new movements and identities emerged as a result of greater global connectedness and increased attention to global inequalities and decolonization? And, how do ethnic, racial and religious minorities relate to transnational movements and political protest? Does political mobilization in the diaspora foremost relate to local or national interests in home countries, or to other identities and interests such as gender, sexuality, religion and anti-racism?

These, and similar questions, are central in this course, which uses sociological theory about social movements and empirical research on collective action and protest. The development of social movement theory over time, and different perspectives within the field, constitute the theoretical core in the course. The analytical focus, however, is on empirical research on anti-racist, religious, racial-ethnic and post-colonial protest and movements and on intersectionality within and between movements. We will focus specifically on identity dilemmas in the so-called identity movements and their changing character and constituencies since the 1960s. Both organized and more spontaneous forms of cultural and political contention and communication via different media will be covered in the course. 

Students will learn about democratization and political protest in a sociological perspective, based in the international social movement and mobilization literature.

Learning outcome


  • Get insight in central concepts in social movement studies, such as grievances, resources, opportunity structures, emotions, identity dilemmas and frames.
  • Get insight in different concrete social movements related to migration and diversity; such as antiracist movements, post-colonial movements, ethnic movements, religious movements and populist and extreme right-wing movements.
  • Get some insight in transnational social movements and in how social media platforms are essential for movements themselves and for the academic study of movements.
  • Understand how the concepts of identity dilemma, emotions and intersectionality relate to migration-related social movements, and be able to describe concrete examples of this. 
  • Get insight in how scholars use different methodological designs in movement studies.
  • Get insight in how activists themselves see the main objectives and strategies in movements.


  • Critically read and discuss academic studies of how different statuses and identities relate to collective action and political contention before and today.
  • Use different theories related to mobilization, post-colonialism and group difference when discussing concrete empirical cases of movements and their members.
  • Develop general skills and competencies for oral and written presentation of knowledge related to social movements in theory and practice.


  • Ability to explain linkages between diverse phenomena related to mobilization, migration and diversity
  • Capacity to understand complex issues related to collective action and politics from multiple perspectives
  • Improved capacity for reflection and awareness of movement members and their political goals and aspirations and how these affect all members of society more broadly
  • Understanding of how to engage with migration and diversity related politics from a knowledge-based perspective


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.

This course is not available for single course students.

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

The course is also open for master's students on Lektorprogrammet and Organisasjon, ledelse og arbeid at UiO. 

Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course as guest student if this is cleared by their own study programme. Admission as a guest student will vary from semester to semester, as guest students will be allotted any vacant seats on the course.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with SOS4800 –Social Movements in the Age of Migration. 


  • The course will be organized as 12 seminars including lectures and discussions
  • The lectures are given in English


  • Term paper

Assessment is based on a term paper (4000 Words). Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail.

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.

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 explanation will be given in Inspera.

Resit an examination

If you are sick or have another valid reason for not attending the regular exam, we offer a postponed exam later in the same semester.

See also our information about resitting an exam.

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






Every spring

This course will be offered spring 2022. 


This course will be offered spring 2022. 

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