This course is also available to students of the Honours College Law (click here go to the Border Criminologies: The Criminalization of Mobility course description for Honours College Law students).
In this course, we discuss the emerging field of border criminologies as we seek to better understand today’s borders and their effects. Borders are often depicted as geographical lines that separate nation-states; physical places, seas, mountain ranges, barbed wire fences, checkpoints, and police patrols. Beneath these physical borders lie less tangible legal, institutional, and technological infrastructures, such as databases, visa regimes, and complex links between residence status and access to legal work and social services. These borders are “everyday and everywhere”, stretching far beyond the geographical edges of states. They continuously categorize people, as they sort us into those for whom mobility is becoming increasingly easy, cheap, and routine, and those who are forced to live, move, and work in the shadows. Borders are thus fundamentally entangled with other forms of inequality (nationality, race, class, gender), as they enforce and reconstitute existing power relations, shaping the way we see each other and ourselves.
At the end of this course students will be able to:
identify connections between global inequalities, border regimes and im/mobility
apply key concepts in the field of border criminologies to examine the interplay between mobility and border control management
connect theoretical concepts discussed in class to current affairs
combine knowledge of different sources, formats, contexts, and disciplinary approaches when analysing immigration and border policies
Mode of instruction
Other methods of instruction
Description: Lectures and Workgroup (Documentary) Sessions
Names of instructors: Amalia Campos Delgado and Neske Baerwaldt
Required preparation by students: Reading the prescribed literature and additional multimedia class materials.
Portfolio of written assignments both made before and during class (50% of grade)
Final essay (50% of grade)
Students have to pass all the aspects of the course (grade > 5,5) in time in order to get their final grade.
All grades only hold for the present academic year.
If the overall grade of the assignments is below 5,5 there is the opportunity to retake one of the assignments. If the grade for the paper is below 5,5 there is the option to retake the paper based on the received feedback.
Turn it in (Brightspace) and hardcopy.
Obligatory course materials
Articles and chapters that will be distributed through Brightspace
Documentaries and podcast episodes
Course information guide:
Will be distributed through Brightspace.
Registration for courses and exams takes place via MyStudymap. If you do not have access to MyStudymap (guest students), look here (under the Law-tab) for more information on the registration procedure in your situation.
Exchange students can register through the online registration system of the International Office.
Coordinators: Dr. A.E. Campos Delgado
Work address: Steenschuur 25
Contact information: Secretariat Van Vollenhoven Institute
Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 7260
Institute: Interdisciplinary Study of the Law
Department: Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance & Society
Room number secretary: B1.14
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 9.00 - 12.30 and 13.30 - 16.00
Telephone number secretary: +31 (0)71 527 7260