Identity and Ethnicity in a Global Community

Course - second cycle - 15 credits

Syllabus for students autumn 2019

Course Code:
IM635L revision 3
Level of specialisation
Main fields of study:
International Migration and Ethnic Relations
Date of ratification:
19 April 2018
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
03 September 2018
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
19 April 2018

Entry requirements

Bachelor’s degree in social sciences or humanities + the equivalent of English course B




The course will deal with central perspectives and concepts for the exploration of ethnic relations. This includes the role of cultural and social circumstances for how such relations develop over time and consequences of international migration linked to key areas such as identity, ethnicity, nationalism and diversity.

Learning outcomes

After finishing the course, the student shall:
• display knowledge of key phenomena and concepts in the field of ethnic relations;
• display knowledge of how researchers within the social sciences and humanities have addressed issues of identity, ethnicity and cultural diversity;
• demonstrate an ability to formulate critical, tenable and substantiated scientific arguments in the field of ethnic relations, orally as well as in writing.

Learning activities

The learning process is student-driven. It relies on the initiatives by, and contributions of, students. Lectures will only be used as a means of introduction. The course consists of lectures and seminars. Each seminar consists of topical presentations by students and/or lecturers, followed by a discussion.


The assessment of the students’ knowledge will be based on individually performed written assignments and presentations of group projects. In group presentations the individual student’s contribution must be distinguishable.

Grading system

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

Course literature and other teaching materials

• Cantel, T. (2005) Community Cohesion: A New Framework for Race and Diversity. New York: Palgrave Macmillan

• Cornell S and Hartmann D. (2007) Ethnicity and Race: Making Identities in a Changing World, chapters 1-4. London: Sage

• Jenkins, R (2008) Social Identity. London: Routledge

• Martinello, M. & Rath, J. (eds.) (2010) Selected Studies in International Migration and Immigrant Incorporation. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press

• Murji, K. and Solomos, J. (eds.) (2015) Theories of Race and Ethnicity: Contemporary Debates and Perspectives. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

• Song, M. (2003) Choosing Ethnic Identity. Cambridge: Polity Press

• Özkirimli, U. (2017) Theories of Nationalism: A Critical Introduction. 3rd ed. London: Macmillan

Course evaluation

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