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Migration and Social Change – a Life Course Perspective

This course analyses migration processes from a life course perspective and provides in-depth knowledge of qualitative, life history methodology and conceptualisation.

This is a core course for students in the Master's Programme in Human Geography, and the Master's Programme in Urban and Regional Planning, 120 HECs.

It requiers a bachelor's degree incl. 90 ECTS in a Humanities or Social Sciences main field of study or in Geography or Physical Geography. Alternatively admitted to master's programme in Human Geography, Urban and Regional Planning or Globalization, Environment and Social Change. English 6.


  • Course structure

    The course provides insights into the current research situation regarding international migration and how internal and international migration processes are shaped by events in the individual life course.

    In addition to lectures and seminars, the course includes exercises where you will develop your own ability to analyse individual life courses from a qualitative perspective. This course provides useful perspectives for (future) urban and regional planners, and for analysts who aim to work with contemporary economic, social, environmental and international issues.

    Teaching format

    The teaching is mainly seminar-based, with tasks including performing and transcribing a life course interview with a migrant. The seminars and practical tasks serve as a basis for the examination.

    Detailed information, including grading criteria, is provided at the course introduction and via the learning platform Athena.

    Learning objectives

    After completing the course, the student is expected to be able to:

    • Describe and explain central theories and approaches in migration research
    • Explain how migration processes may shape social change
    • Apply methods appropriate to understanding migration from a life course perspective


    Examination is in the form of seminar participation and a written take-home exam; a final paper based on the interviews students conduct in the course.


    Several teachers assess and grade within the course.

    Examiner: Karen Haandrikman, Department of Human Geography

  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
  • Contact

    The course has two Course Coordinators.

    Course coordinator
    Course coordinator
    Academic Counselling
    Student Affairs Office