IMER II: The Challenges of Ethnic Diversity

Course - first cycle - 15 credits

Syllabus for students autumn 2015, autumn 2014, autumn 2013

Course Code:
IM237L revision 2.1
Level of specialisation
Main fields of study:
International Migration and Ethnic Relations
Date of ratification:
16 October 2013
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
11 November 2013
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
27 February 2013

Entry requirements

IMER 1-30

Specialisation and progression relative to the degree regulations

Together with IM258L, IMER: Europe and International Migration, the course constitutes the 31-60 level within the main subject of International Migration and Ethnic Relations.


The aim of the course is to familiarize students with concepts introduced earlier in IMER 1-30, as well as to acquire an increased understanding of relevant structural and cultural contexts within the field of International Migration and Ethnic Relations. Students will also develop the ability to apply the earlier acquired knowledge on societal phenomenon in the contemporary world.


The course will first deal with ethnic diversity, perspectives such as religion and cultural identity, minorities, post-colonialism, gender and every day practices etc. The questions in focus will be discussed from both a minority and a majority perspective. The major part of the course will be devoted to project work in which the students, supported by supervisors, will apply theoretical perspectives on phenomena in our contemporary world.

Learning outcomes

The student should be able to:

  • Identify and describe the use of the concept of ethnic diversity within and outside academia.
  • Identify, analyze and critically reflect on the challenges of ethnic diversity on various levels of society.
  • Apply the earlier acquired knowledge from IMER I on societal phenomena in the contemporary world and; both orally and in writing, make presentations based on in-depth knowledge of ethnic diversity and its challenges.
  • Critically approach contemporary research questions within the field of IMER.

Learning activities

Teaching is principally in the form of lectures, seminars and individual work. The major part of the course consists of individual project work. During this part of the course separate project meetings are held, wherein students receive individual supervision of their project work. Students are prepared for each session during the course and are responsible for conducting reading assigned and following instructions. Students are presumed to pursue their own independent reading and organize discussion groups.


The course assessment consists of:

  • one seminar presentation (5 credits), grading pass or fail and:

  • an academic article (including an oral presentation) (10 credits), grading A-U.

The grade on the academic article will be the grade on the whole course.

Students who do not pass the regular course exams have the minimum of two re-take opportunities. If a pass is not achieved in the seminar presentation the student has the possibility to compensate by doing presentation in the form of an essay.

Grading system

Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).

Course literature and other teaching materials

  • Bauman, Gerd (1999) The Multicultural Riddle. Rethinking National Ethnic, and Religious Identity. NY: Routledge [158 p]
  • Chambers, Iain & Curti, Lidia (1995) Post-colonial Question. Common Skies, Divided Horizons. London: Routledge [284]
  • May, Stephen (2004) Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Minority Rights. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press [270 p]
  • Mc Guire, Meredith (2008) Lived Religion. Faith and Practice in Everyday Life. NY: OUP USA [290 p]
  • Redman, Peter & Maples, Wendy (2011) Good Essay Writing. A Social Science Guide: The Open University Press [160 p]
  • Selected articles
  • 800 p individual choice, approved by supervisor.

Course evaluation

All students are offered an opportunity to give written feedback at the end of the course. A summary of the results will be made available. The students are also given the possibility to offer feedback through the course council.