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Migration and Integration


Admission requirements

This course is part of the (Res)MA History Programme. It is not accessible for BA students.


This course offers an introduction to migration history and is obligatory for students who are completing the MA in Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence. The course will provide a forum for extensive debate about various theoretical concepts and analytical tools relating to migration history and immigration more generally.

Themes such as identity, gender, integration, the second generation, transnationalism, migrant networks, colonial legacies, forced migration, asylum and anti-immigration will all feature in the assigned literature, which will consist mostly of journal articles. Migration will be discussed at different times in the course from urban, national, European and global perspectives. Students will be expected to discuss what history can contribute to migration studies in seminar debates and will be encouraged to suggest future research agendas for migration history to consider.

Course objectives

General learning objectives

The student has acquired:

  1. The ability to analyse and evaluate literature with a view to addressing a particular historical problem;
  2. The ability to give a clear and well-founded oral and written report on research results meeting the criteria of the discipline;
  3. The ability to participate in current debates in the specialisation;
  4. (ResMA only:) The ability to participate in a discussion of the theoretical foundations of the discipline.

Learning objectives, pertaining to the specialisation

The student has acquired:

  1. Thorough knowledge and comprehension of one of the specialisations or subspecialisations as well as of the historiography of the specialisation, focusing particularly on the following: in the specialisation Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence: the manner in which migrations (of people, goods and ideas) between and within states have led to shifts (in cohesion, ethnic composition, policies, imaging, culture, and power relations) in the period 1600-2000, with a focus on (urban) networks (within and across borders).

  2. (ResMA only): Thorough knowledge and comprehension of the theoretical foundation of the discipline and of its position vis-à-vis other disciplines.

Learning objectives, pertaining to this Literature Seminar

The student has acquired:

  1. Acquired the ability to compare and contrast different experiences of migration and integration;
  2. Acquired the ability to analyse contemporary immigration and integration debates from an historical perspective;
  3. Acquired the ability to apply migration theory to empirical case studies;
  4. Developed analytical skills;
  5. Developed of communication and debating skills.


The timetable is available on the MA History website.

Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

Course Load

Total course load 10 EC x 28 hours= 280 hours

  • Attendance of classes: 9 × 2 hours: 18 hours

  • Study of compulsory literature: 9 × 12 hours: 108 hours

  • Writing and/or presentation: preparation per week: 9 × 8 hours: 72 hours

  • Final paper: 82 hours

Assessment method

  • Written paper (ca. 4000 words)
    Measured learning objectives: 1-3, 5, 7-11 (ResMa: 1-11)

  • Assignment 1 (Two oral presentations; including providing of constructive academic feedback)
    Measured learning objectives: 1-3, 10, 11

  • Assignment 2 (Seminar participation)
    Measured learning objectives: 1-3, 5, 7-11

  • Assignment 3 (Short written assignments)
    Measured learning objectives: 1-2, 7-10


Written paper: 50%
Assignment 1: 20%
Assignment 2: 10%
Assignment 3: 20%

The final grade for the course is established by determining the weighted average with the additional requirement that the written paper must always be sufficient.


Should the overall mark be unsatisfactory, the paper is to be revised after consultation with the instructor.


Blackboard will be used for:

  • Course outline

  • Posting of seminar readings (or links to the literature)

  • Submitting assignments

Reading list

Most of the readings will take the form of articles that can be downloaded from the university library.
The list will be distributed in advance of the first meeting via Blackboard.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


A.X. Smit MA


As this is a literature seminar, the course is slightly shorter (9 weeks) than normal masters seminars.
The first 7 seminars requires students to carry out extensive reading. In weeks 8 and 9, students presents their research papers, which are submitted approximately one month later.