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International Migrations


Credits: 4 ECTS

First semester

Elective Courses




This module offers an introduction to the theme of international migration, by providing students with flexible lenses to analyse current developments in the field. Students will be introduced to the international background of increased migratory trends and to the role of non-state actors in both the irregular crossings of borders and the securitization of migration and border control. Students will also get an understanding of the connections between international migration and international xenophobia, particularly in the post 9/11 context and the perceived “Clash of civilizations”. In this light, the course will offer an analysis of questions of reception and integration of immigrants and the management of migration crisis at global and regional levels. The course will also look in depth at important case studies on regional instabilities and forced migration in Central Asia, the Middle East and the Mediterranean and at the connections between climate change, conflicts and forced-migration, offering the interesting case study of the Pacific Islands.


The objectives of the module will be achieved through: some core lessons on the emerging debates, the presentation and the discussion of some case studies with innovative teaching methods (from group discussions to role-playing) and a final involvement of students in the analysis of case studies. Students will be asked to present their work during the final two classes. This will also be submitted in a written form before the examination period. The presentation of the coursework and the active participation in the classes will constitute 30% of the final evaluation of the students’ work; the written report (max. length 3000 words) will instead constitute 50% and the 20% left will be achieved through an oral discussion discussion of the submitted coursework with the teaching-giver.