Why do people migrate? How do migrants integrate into receiving countries, or sometimes fail to do so? This specialisation focuses on sociological theories and research on international migration.
Mode of education
The Master’s programme Governance of Migration and Diversity provides state-of-the-art courses and training given by dedicated scholars from five academic disciplines. During classes interaction amongst students and between students and professors is stimulated.
Besides the general part with mandatory disciplinary courses, you will follow track-specific courses. The general and the track-specific parts each comprise 50% of the Master programme. Below you can find the curriculum of the Sociology track offered by Erasmus University Rotterdam.
The curriculum is subject to alteration. No rights may be derived from this information.
During the course, several site-visits are organised to engage with firsthand experiences of governance issues. In the past years, we have inter alia visited the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).
The courses of this programme consist of two parts: you follow 50% of your courses within the regular Public Administration curriculum, and 50% within the Governance of Migration and Diversity specialisation together with GMD students from sociology, history and development studies.
See the full overview below.
The curriculum is subject to alteration. No rights may be derived from this information.
General courses - Master in Governance of Migration and Diversity
- Politics of Migration and Diversity (5 ECTS)
Block 1 + 2
- Governance of Migration and Diversity (5 ECTS)
- History of Migration and Diversity (5 ECTS)
- Sociology of Migration and Diversity (5 ECTS)
- Migration and Development (5 ECTS)
- Social Inequality in the City (5 ECTS)
Courses Master in Governance of Migration and Diversity - Track Sociology
- Social Science Research in Practice (7,5 ECTS)
Block 2 + 3
- Urban Governance and Politics (5 ECTS)
- Elective (M&D) ISS or (SI in the C)
Why study Master Governance of Migration and Diversity - Sociology
In the Master’s specialisation Governance of Migration and Diversity, part of the Master Sociology at Erasmus University Rotterdam, you learn to understand and to manage complex societal developments, with a special focus on the contemporary issues of migration and diversity.
Managing international migration flows can be a challenge. How to do this in the best possible way? How can interaction with migrants be stimulated in the countries in which migrants arrive in order to avert discrimination and encourage cohesion? What are the consequences of “superdiversity” for contemporary cities and how can local authorities cope with these consequences?
In our globalised and complex network society, these urgent questions need to be answered. In order to do so, experts who demonstrate analytical skills, connective leadership, entrepreneurial attitudes and a strong ethical compass to achieve innovative solutions for societal problems are needed. This Master’s specialisation in Sociology at Erasmus University Rotterdam focuses on the research, analysis and governance of societal issues.
What is this specialisation about?
Migration and diversity are key factors in some of the most fundamental transformations of society today. These transformations do not merely involve migrants and they have an impact on society at large. Migration and diversity have become highly politicised issues that play an important role in contemporary politics in many countries. These issues influence many different aspects of society, such as education, housing, labour and international relations.
This specialisation studies migration and diversity from an interdisciplinary perspective, addressing the different aspects of this societal transformation. The programme provides students with a strong theoretical basis. It focuses on sociological theories and research about the drivers of migration.
In addition, the integration of immigrants in receiving countries is examined from a sociological point of view. This includes the structural analysis of, for instance, labour market positions of migrants or problems related to discrimination. Furthermore, the cultural and religious aspects of integration are analysed, for instance, the role of Islam or the position of Muslims in Europe. During the programme, policies related to migration and the incorporation of migrants are studied. You will learn to critically assess how policies have been developed in cities and countries across the world and how migration and diversity are discussed in broader political debates and in the media.
The Master’s specialisation Governance of Migration and Diversity brings together different disciplines: history, sociology, politics, international development and urban design as a foundation for a better understanding of the governance of migration and diversity.
The programme is a collaboration between Erasmus University Rotterdam (including the Institute for Social Studies in The Hague), Leiden University and Delft University of Technology. The cooperation between these universities provides a unique combination of varied expertise within one single Master’s programme. Students can apply to one of the four tracks: HistoryOpens external (Leiden University), Sociology and Public Administration (both at Erasmus University) and International Relations & DevelopmentOpens external (ISS, The Hague). The Sociology track offered by Erasmus University Rotterdam focuses specifically on sociological theories and empirical research about the drivers of international migration, how people migrate from one country to another (their migratory journeys and the obstacles they are faced with during their journeys) and how migrants are incorporated (or not) after arriving in the receiving society. We focus both on the challenges and the positive consequences of migration for receiving societies. We also research migration and immigrant integration policies, including possible perverse consequences of these policies.
Why choose this programme?
- Knowledge which will help you to understand issues related to migration and diversity from a multidisciplinary perspective;
- Knowledge which will help you to address governance issues related to migration and diversity;
- A unique interdisciplinary programme, with courses taught by leading scholars from three universities and five academic disciplines;
- Education which has a direct link to contemporary issues. Students are trained to contribute to the governance of migration and diversity.
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Welcome to the highly-ranked Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), a research university located in the city of Rotterdam, the Netherlands. With 170 nationalities Rotterdam is a diverse and vibrant city. As a harbour city, the arrival of migrants is part of the identity Rotterdam, today and in the past.
Erasmus University was founded in 1913 as an economical institute. Over the years, it has grown into a university with knowledge of many different disciplines which has become internationally recognised for its distinct social orientation in education and research. Our 26,000+ students come from more than 100 countries around the world and the university is ranked among the most international universities in the world.
Erasmus University Rotterdam. Make it happen.
Career opportunities for Master Governance of Migration and Diversity - Sociology
This Master’s programme in sociology provides insights, tools and competencies that can be applied to sociological problems found anywhere in the modern world.
After the completion of this specialisation, you will be an expert of migration and diversity which will give you the possibility to work in various positions. You will be able to identify and analyse social issues related to migration and diversity. Furthermore, you are able to provide advice on these problems.
During this Master’s programme you will:
- Develop a multidisciplinary understanding of migration and diversity from various perspectives, including history, development studies, sociology, public administration and urbanism;
- Acquire a methodological understanding in order to study migration and diversity and to collect and process data in a scientific manner and clearly communicate your findings;
- Learn to better understand the governance implications of migration and diversity at the local (urban), regional, national as well as European and international level;
- Obtain professional skills in terms of designing strategies for the management of migration and diversity at the policy level.
Graduates of this specialisation will be suitable candidates for positions in governmental organisations (policy-makers, policy advisors, lobbyists) and organisations in civil society (e.g. unions, political parties, research institutes) on the local, national or international level. Graduates of this programme currently work as e.g. integration advisors at local governments or as project assistants at e.g. IOM.
Pursuing an academic career?
If you want to proceed with advanced, research-oriented education in the field of sociology you can apply for our Research Master in the Sociology of Culture, Media and the Arts. Conducting research is the central element of this programme. You will receive valuable training which prepares you to apply for a PhD position.
- Official CROHO name: Sociology
- Programme name: Governance of Migration and Diversity - Sociology
- Instruction language: English
- Type: Master
- Duration: 1 year
- Location: Campus Woudestein, Rotterdam
- Tuition fees (2019-2020):
- €2.083 (Statutory fee)
- €11.900 (Institutional fee: EEA/EU students)
- €14.900 (Institutional fee: NON-EEA/EU students)
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