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Border Criminologies: The Criminalization of Mobility


Admission requirements



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.

Course objectives

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


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Mode of instruction

Other methods of instruction

  • Description: Lectures and Workgroup (Documentary) Sessions

  • Names of instructors: Dr. Amalia Campos-Delgado

  • Required preparation by students: Reading the prescribed literature and additional multimedia class materials.

Assessment method

Examination forms

  • 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.

Submission procedures
Turn it in (Brightspace) and hardcopy.

Reading list

Obligatory course materials

  • Articles and chapters that will be distributed through Brightspace

  • Documentaries and podcast episodes

Course information guide:
Will be distributed through Brightspace.


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Exchange students can register through the online registration system of the International Office.


  • Coordinators: Dr. Amalia Campos-Delgado

  • Work address: Steenschuur 25

  • Email:


  • 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

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