Addressing some of the most challenging issues in today’s world, this new programme relates ethnicity and migration to global economic and cultural change, and to systems of domination and resistance movements. You learn to analyse the causes of migration, as well as its consequences for emerging formations of race, gender, labour, citizenship, healthcare, welfare and culture.
The master’s programme relates ethnicity and migration to global economic and cultural change, and to systems of domination and resistance movements. The programme is interdisciplinary, integrating the humanities and the social sciences, and animated by a commitment to critical, innovative and useful approaches to issues and problems within the broad field of ethnic and migration studies.
Students of different academic backgrounds are welcome to an international community with numerous visiting researchers and academic activities. You will gain a comprehensive grasp of the field of ethnic and migration studies and will be well prepared for positions in local, national and international organisations, administration, business, government, media and the cultural sector, as well as for further postgraduate studies and research.
The programme consists of a mix of mandatory courses and electives that will allow you an individual specialisation, options to study abroad, options for internships, and research tutorials with faculty. Teaching involves formats with a high level of student participation. Teaching forms include lectures, workshops, seminars and individual/group tutorials. Within the programme, you are provided with the opportunity to specialise and concentrate on chosen lines of study by judicious selection of courses. In addition to your coursework, you will follow thematic seminars and tutorial meetings with the faculty. During your second year, beginning early in the third term, you will also attend seminars that address questions of methods and topic selection in preparation for the master’s thesis. The fourth term is mainly devoted to the composition of your master’s thesis.
Areas of focus include historical and sociological perspectives on the ways in which migration has shaped human history and society; in-depth theoretical knowledge in the field of intersectional migration studies; globalisation and its link to changing conditions for work and migration; the European Union migration and asylum policies;, and the relation of race, ethnicity and migration to cultural and aesthetic expressions such as narratives, visual arts, theatre and cinema.
The faculty will be joined by international guest professors to make up an interdisciplinary and internationally experienced team, covering all aspects of the programme’s curriculum and beyond. They are engaged in research concerning the issues addressed in the courses, thus making possible a direct connection between course content and on-going research in the various subfields of the programme.
Example of specific focus areas within the programme:
- Historical perspectives on ethnicity and migration
- Intersectional migration studies
- Changing frameworks for citizenship
- Migration and globalisation in post-colonial perspectives
- Race, ethnicity and migration in culture and the arts
- Migration and asylum policy in the European Union
- Migration and health.
As the programme offers possibilities of study abroad, elective courses and internships, students may tailor their education towards a special interest, profession or field of expertise. Studies abroad are usually conducted through the programme’s exchange agreements with partners in Europe, Africa and the Americas. Internships give students an opportunity both to specialise and to test professional tasks and assignments with organisations and employers at the local, national or international level. In this way, the programme prepares for wide segments of the labour market, wherever expertise in migration and ethnic relations is needed, including work in governmental and non-governmental organisations, local and regional administration, business and communication, social work and activism, cultural analysis, journalism and commentary in the public sector, as well as further postgraduate studies and research.