REDI4001 – Religion, Migration and Citizenship

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Migration is today one of the major international topics. Millions of persons are passing borders, many of them as refugees, others to start another life and change their life conditions. Contemporary politics and media have migration as one of their greatest concerns. Both political leaders and innumerous civil society practices engage in the migration challenge.

The aim of this course is to deepen and expand competence within some key topics in the religion and migration context. Religion is both formatting migration and is itself being formatted by migration. Migrants often participate in their home religion while on the move or in their new location. Religious organizations and projects contribute decisively to migration and refugee aid in most countries. The role of religion in the citizenship development for migrants and refugees is also often underestimated. At the same time religion itself is also strongly influenced by the migration contexts and challenge.

The course will present important topics connected to migration and religion. Both content-related and methodological issues will be addressed. The focus will be on contested issues like the host/guest binary, the victim/agent binary and discussions of citizenship. There will be a focus on bottom up research approaches, both in the term paper and in the more epistemological approach.

Specific aspects of diversity, gender and intersectionality relate to the migration topic. These will be presented and discussed related to specific cases.

Learning outcome

  • The role and impact of religion in the migration context
  • Ability to see and interpret how migration also formats religion
  • Competence in how the host/guest binary, the victim/agent binary and discussions of citizenship are core studies in the context of religion and migration
  • The significance of spatial approaches to the refugee and migration challenge


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.

Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

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


Access to teaching

The classes will be twenty-four hours of teaching, divided into six times four hours during the semester and a three day field trip to a migration location

For spring 2019 this will be a three day fieldtrip to Gothenburg. For students at the REDI-program there will be a charge of 500 NOK. For all other students the charge will be 2.500 NOK.

During the 4 hour unit there will be lectures on general perspectives and/or shorter student presentations of relevant curriculum texts. Priority will also be given to elaborate and improve the term paper between the classes.


Mandatory requirement

The topic of the compulsory term paper will be given in the first class. All students need to present a term paper draft before the planned excursion. This draft is a precondition to submit the final term paper.

Every student needs to present (15 min) one or more texts from the curriculum. The presentation must be posted on the online platform two days before the presentation in class.




Term paper, 3000-4000 words.


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Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in 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.

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