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Migration Studies Profile in Sociology

There could hardly be a more important topic in contemporary societies than international migration. In today’s globalized world, there are more than 240 million migrants and the trend toward movement across borders is only increasing. Migration is a hot-button issue in many countries, with politicians, the media and the public speaking out, especially concerning unauthorized migrants and refugees. Consequently, there is a call for experts on the topic. We feel that a specialization in migration studies enriches the career prospects of our graduates, offering them the opportunity to contribute to policy debates and shape future responses to the phenomenon of international migration.

The migration studies profile consists of three core courses and one selective course. In Contemporary Migration Research, students learn about the methodology and methods for studying international migration. Each year, a particular topic is chosen as a lens through which students explore research rationale and techniques. For spring 2017, the topic is the Political Participation among Refugees. Besides, there are other profile courses offered in both semesters. The aim of Gender and Family in the Age of Migration is to consider the “human face of migration” in local, everyday contexts. The course focuses primarily on issues of gender diversity in migration and reconceptualization of family and kinship ties in the migration process. The course Migration, Transnationalism and the City introduces students to a transnational perspective, discovering how moving beyond the angle of the nation state changes the study of migration and related phenomena. Moreover, it highlights transnational migration from a city perspective: it explores the city as a context of reception for immigrants and looks at how cities respond to the arrival of newcomers. Selective courses to complete the profile include topics such as memory, culture and identity, changing political and social identities in post-Cold War Central Europe and population change in contemporary Europe, among others.

Students can decide to specialize in migration studies during their first year. The profile is stated in the Diploma Supplement.

Centre for the Cultural Sociology of Migration - one of the Sociology Department working groups. See the program of their monthly meetings and more information via the link above.