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Migration and Citizenship


Course starts tuesday the 12th of February

Admission requirements

Only the following categories of students can register for this course:

  • Students enrolled for the BA programme “Culturele antropologie en ontwikkelingssociologie” at Leiden University who have passed the Propedeuse

  • Exchange and Study Abroad students

Please see below a description of the registration procedure.


Globalization processes imply a rapid increase in the mobility of people within and beyond national borders. Although migration has been an integral part of social life since pre-colonial times, current migration patterns entail somewhat different processes. With the involvement of global markets, UN conventions, bilateral or multilateral agreements between nation states and the emergence of transnational social networks, the condition of migrants becomes situated within the interstices of these different political powers at different scales. With the compression of time and space, global-local interactions become much more complex and fluid, rather than homogenized. Linked closely to the movement of people is the question of citizenship, which not only involves rights and duties in relation to the nation-state but also involves questions of legality, illegality, inclusion and exclusion, the politics of belonging and governmentality.
This course focuses on the contexts, processes and consequences of migration and the links with the issue of citizenship. It will deal with questions such as: How do global-local articulations shape the nature of governmentality regarding different migrant groups? How have processes of nation formation affected the citizenship status of documented or undocumented migrants, refugees, aliens, denizens or internally displaced persons? How have cultural markers shaped or been shaped by processes of community formation and the social relations between immigrants and non-immigrants? What kinds of political mobilization or social movements, either for or against foreign migrants, emerge and what kind of transnational social spaces are created? How would new public and private spaces be created by migrants of different ethnic, class, gender and religious backgrounds?

Course objectives

Students who follow this course will develop:

  • a firm theoretical foundation in the anthropology and sociology of migration and citizenship studies

  • the academic skills necessary to analyze processes operating at global and local levels that affect different migrant groups.

  • The ability to understand policy debates regarding immigration issues.


Tuesdays 12 February to 23 April 2013, and Monday 29 April 2013, from 14-17 h
Location: Pieter de la Court Building, Wassenaarseweg 52, Leiden. For the room numbers please check the blackboard module.

Mode of instruction

Total 10 ECTS = 280 study hours (sbu)

  • Lectures 12 × 2 hours (36 sbu)

  • Group discussions 12 × 1 h (24 sbu)

  • Study of literature 675 pp (112 sbu)

  • Bi-weekly assignments (32 sbu)

  • Final paper 6 pp = 3600 words (48 sbu)

Assessment method

  • Bi-weekly assignments ( constitutes 60% of the final grade)

  • Final paper 6 pp (constitutes 40% of the final grade)

  • Presence at lectures and group discussions (min. 10 out of 12)


Blackboard module will be active from mid January 2013.
Students who have been granted admission must register for this course on Blackboard.

Reading list

To be announced.


  • Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Study in Leiden website for information on how to apply for the exchange programme.
    Only those exchange students whose admission to this particular course has already been approved, need to register for this course in Usis and on Blackboard.

  • BA studenten CA-OS van Universiteit Leiden:
    Inschrijving geschiedt via Usis, alleen voor “hoorcollege HC” en “tentamen TEN”. Bij problemen met Usis-inschrijving, raadpleeg de Usis-helpdesk van de FSW .
    Bij aanhoudende problemen, stuur een mailtje naar met het verzoek om je op de deelnemerslijst van de themamodule te zetten.

Contact Infromation

Dr. Ratna Saptari