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Emigration and Immigration: A Northern European Perspective

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

Students will spend their second semester in Stavanger/Norway. They move to one of the small European nation states, geographically on the periphery, but with a very dynamic economy: Stavanger being the economic hub of the Norwegian oil/gas production and with a current need for migrant labour. This module introduces them to the migration studies research based at UiS and - with the smaller course - it assists them to 'locate' themselves in the Norwegian university and society.
Academics in charge
Dr. Ketil Fred Hansen (UiS)

Learning outcome

Students will have acquired
  • an overview of migration processes in the past (a) and present (b), their structures and consequences, including the ability to critically evaluate categories and approaches of migration research and to apply them in a reflecting manner (LO 1 a, b),
  • other module specific knowledge and competencies (LO 5),

- knowledge on inter- and trans- Scandinavian ethnic relations,
- basic understanding of Norwegian culture and society
  • experience in handling new media and communication technology (LO 9).


1. Scandinavia: Historical and Contemporary Migration (12 ECTS)
Initially, the course will focus on mass migration from Scandinavia to North America and provide an overview of migration history in the 19th and early 20th century, including introduction to ongoing research and key databases. Acculturation and integration in North America, relations to dominant American and Canadian culture as well as to other ethnic/immigrant groups will be investigated.
The second part of the course will address the contemporary immigration to Scandinavia and Norway from perspectives of sociology, political science and education.

Required prerequisite knowledge



Weight Duration Marks Aid
Assignment1/1 A - F
  • Attendance and active participation,
  • Reflection pages,
  • Final paper (3000 words)

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Ketil Fred Hansen
Course teacher
Nils Olav Østrem

Method of work

Workload 360 hrs
Contact hours: 60 hrs
Independent studies: 70 hrs
Assignments: weekly assignment 50 hrs
Final paper 90 hrs
Forms of learning and teaching lectures, seminars, tutorials, working groups

Open to

European Master in Migration and Intercultural Relations

Course assessment

Student evaluation at the end of the course.


Link to reading list

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

Sist oppdatert: 30.05.2020