Identity and Ethnicity in a Global Community
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
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.
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.
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.
Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).
Course literature and other teaching materials
• 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
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.