Mobility, Migration, Transculturation

Faculteit Letteren
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode LAX022B10
Vaknaam Mobility, Migration, Transculturation
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II a

Uitgebreide vaknaam Mobiliteit, migratie en transculturatie
Leerdoelen Aims of course:
- To acquire a solid understanding of major contemporary economic, social, cultural, and political theories of migration.
- To gain a deeper insight into contemporary international migration movements from a variety of disciplinary perspectives (cultural studies, media studies, sociology, economics, law, politics and international relations).
- To examine the complex interrelation between migration and political, economic, social, cultural, and legal push and pull factors in both sending and receiving countries.
- To develop a critical perspective on the interplay between economic migration, global justice, and welfare-state design.
- To foster a deeper understanding of the impact of recent geopolitical changes (in particular increasing national security concerns after 9/11) on regulating transnational mobility and refugee rights.
- To understand the transformation of citizenship in the context of debates on integration, assimilation and social cohesion, plurinational identities, hybridization and transculturation.
- To interrogate the link between migration and gender.
- To analyze the ways in which cultural artefacts and the media produce and shape discourses on migration.
- To evaluate the pros and cons of open borders (how legitimate are immigration controls and legal distinctions between citizens and foreign residents in a post-national age?; how idealistic are open border visions in the context of the war on terror and the war on drugs?).
- To apply the theoretical knowledge acquired in this class to the analysis of concrete case studies.
- To further enhance students’ academic research skills, writing skills, and oral presentation skills.

Learning outcomes
At the end of this course, students will have acquired:
(1)Advanced knowledge and in-depth understanding of
- key concepts, major theories, as well as current trends and controversies in the field of migration studies.
- the diversity of causes and effects of international migration movements in the Americas.
- the social, political, legal, economic, cultural, and psychological push and pull factors in both sending and receiving countries.
- the impact of recent geopolitical changes, as well as economic and environmental crises on regulating transnational mobility.
- the extent to which migration raises questions of ethics, human rights, social justice, national cohesion, national security, identity, and citizenship.
- the ways in which the media and cultural artefacts shape discourses on migration.

(2) Transferable skills:
- the ability to analyze the manifestations, problems, causes, and effects of migration from the perspective of different disciplines, as well as from the perspective of both migrants and receiving countries.
- to integrate the contribution of various disciplines in order to develop a deeper understanding of the complexity of the issue of migration.
- to evaluate critically and reflect theoretically upon legal and ethical dilemmas posed by the consequences of large-scale international migration movements.
- to engage critically with current socio-political issues at an abstract, theoretical level and use those theoretical frameworks in the analysis of concrete case studies.
- the refined ability to engage in partly independent research and identify and access appropriate primary and secondary research resources.
- the ability to develop evidence-based arguments and present them in an appropriate academic form at an advanced level.
- the ability to communicate and write in advanced-level academic English.
Omschrijving Whether it is students spending an exchange semester away from their home university; migrant workers crossing land or water in pursuit of the American or European Dream; or political refugees trying to escape life-threatening circumstances in their home countries: mobility and migration have always constituted a fundamental experience of many people. Yet its causes and consequences have only recently started to receive an increasing amount of critical attention at a time shaped by global trade agreements as well as global terrorism and national security interests. While unskilled migrants have long since been perceived as an economic threat by many wealthy receiving nations, current changes in the geopolitical order have led to significant immigration policy changes in the Americas and Europe that increasingly blur the lines between economic migrants, political or environmental refugees, and potential terrorists. This course offers an interdisciplinary approach to current forms, practical problems of, as well as theoretical debates on migration by exploring the social, cultural, psychological, geopolitical, legal, and economic implications of specific international migration movements in the Americas and Europe. The course will concentrate on the following topics: globalization, international trade agreements,the geopolitics of borders; plurinational lives and transcultural identity formations; current social, economic, political, and environmental push and pull factors; the migration of elites; developing nations and the Western welfare state; undocumented migrant workers, border violence, and human rights debates along the U.S.-Mexican border; migration and gender (sex-trafficking);changes in international refugee laws and immigration policy measures in the U.S. and Europe after 9/11; debates on citizenship, social cohesion, integration, and assimilation; the pros and cons of open borders;the role of the media in the production of discourses on migration.
Uren per week 4
Onderwijsvorm werkcollege
Toetsvorm essay, presentatie, schriftelijke opdracht(en)
Vaksoort bachelor jr 3
Coördinator K.U. Schmidt, MA.
Docent(en) K.U. Schmidt, MA.
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Readings tba via Nestor.
Entreevoorwaarden After successfully completing the propaedeutic phase and the modules Rhetoric and Composition II and Theories of Culture II.
Opmerkingen 80% Mandatory attendance in seminars.
Students are expected to participate actively in discussions during seminars and to duly carry out all assignments. This module can not be taken as an elective.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Course units for exchange students 3 semester II a keuze
Ba American Studies 3 semester II a verplicht