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History and Politics of Global Migration

Course 2013-2014



Admission Requirements

A similarly-tagged (HI, WP) 200-level or 300-level course.


Migration is a systemic feature of human societies since the very beginning. Human migrations are responsible for cultural interactions that can lead both to beneficial social, political, economic and cultural change, but also to large scale conflicts and mass murder. In this course we will use the extensive international literature on global migrations since the 16th century millennium to find out under what conditions more positive or more negative outcomes are likely. We will not limit ourselves to the North Atlantic comfort zone, but also look systematically at similar processes in Asia, Africa and South-America.

Course Objectives

  • obtaining a general overview of global migration history
  • forming a critical opinion (oral and written) on scholarly literature
  • selecting relevant literature on specific sub topics
  • learning to give oral presentations
  • cooperating with other students to develop sub projects
  • writing a short essay

Mode of Instruction

The course will be very interactive and much is demanded from the students in terms of presentations, critical discussions and cooperation. A proactive and autonomous attitude is required.




Manning, P. (2013). Migration in World History. Second edition. Abingdon and New York, Routledge. 2nd edition!!

Contact Information

Weekly Overview


Preparation for first session

Read the book by Patrick Manning 2013 (Migration in World History) and hand in a written review of max. 1000 words