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UTVB2100 Development and Migration

The course description is approved 07.04.11 by the Academic Affairs Committee, Faculty of Education and International Studies. Revisions approved 23.05.13 and 02.05.14. Minor changes approved 24.10.16. Latest revision approved by the Academic Affairs Committee 11.05.17. Reading list updated 14.03.16.


The Faculty of Education and International Studies at Oslo and Akershus University College (HiOA) offers interdisciplinary courses in Development Studies and North-South relations, leading to a Bachelor’s degree of 180 ECTS credits in Development Studies. This module “Development and Migration” is a course at the intermediate level. Fulfilled requirements and a passable grade entitle the student to 10 ECTS credits.

This interdisciplinary course will seek to combine perspectives from social science and humanities on development and migration. Drawing on contributions from history, anthropology, sociology, political economy and geography the course is concerned with the historical processes of migration, the individuals who migrate and the consequences of the migration processes.

The course will be taught in English or Norwegian, depending on needs according to the participants’ language abilities. Students may submit assignments in English, Norwegian, Swedish or Danish.

Admission Requirements

The course is open to students who have completed at least a one-year introductory course in Development Studies at HiOA or equivalent courses at other institutions of higher education in Norway or abroad.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should master the following learning outcomes:


The student

  • knows the main analytical approaches and key themes and terms in the study of migration, development and globalisation
  • knows consequences of migration in both sending and receiving communities


The student

  • can reflect critically on migration as historical processes involving social networks and individual needs
  • can differentiate theoretically and methodologically between macro , meso and micro levels of historical and social analysis

General competence

The student

  • knows how to link development and migration to cross-cultural issues    
  • is able to apply this knowledge in new academic contexts


The course will explore the migration process by giving an insight into historical causes of migration as well as various theories of migration. Further, the migrants will be seen as participants in social organisation and social networks that may have an impact on their ability to handle the migration process. The course will also discuss consequences at different levels for the sending and receiving communities as well as consequences for the individual migrant.

The course is organised around two principal themes:

1. Historical processes of migration

  • Dynamics between globalisation, development and migration
  • Theories of migration

2. Migration and the migrants

  • Social organisation and social networks:

­   Households, age groups, gender, ethnicity, clan, class, religion

­   Diaspora, transnationality, nationalism and identity

­   Individuals

Learning and Teaching Forms

The course will be running full time for six weeks. Some seminar activities can be included in the course programme, where students are expected to participate actively.

Course Work Requirements

To qualify to sit for the final exam, the student is required to write an academic paper of 2000 words (+/- 10%) on a given topic. This will enable the student to engage with the course literature and critically reflect on a particular topic. The assignment must be submitted digitally through HiOA’s Learning Management System and within the stipulated deadline. No individual supervision will be provided for this paper.

The paper will be assessed as either ‘approved’ or ‘not approved’. Students who do not get the required pass may rewrite and resubmit their paper once within a given deadline. Students who due to illness or other documented reasons for legal absence fail to submit this coursework requirement within the set deadline, can be given a new deadline. In this case, the student shall present the documents confirming his/her illness/reason.


The final assessment of this module consists of a four hours written exam. The exam will be jointly marked by an internal and an external examiner, applying the following grading scale: A to E for pass and F for no pass.

New/postponed exam

In case of failed exam or legal absence, the student can apply for a new or postponed exam. New or postponed exam is offered within a reasonable time span following the regular exam. Submission and assessment of this will be in accordance with the conditions originally applicable.

The student is responsible for applying to sit for a new or postponed exam within the deadlines stipulated by HiOA and the Faculty of Education and International Studies. The regulations governing examinations are set out in the document “Regulations relating to Studies and Examinations at Oslo and Akershus University College”.


From Spring 2018

The student’s reading for this course should be approx. 700 pages. Revisions may occur.


Barnett, Michael. 2016. “Refugees and humanitarianism” pp. 241-252 in The Oxford Handbook of Refugee

and Migration Studies , edited by Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Gil Loescher, Katy Long and Nando

Sigona. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Betts, Alexander. 2013. “Survival migration” pp. 10-28 in Survival migration. Failed governance and the

            crisis of displacement. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press.


Castles, Stephen, Hein de Haas, and Mark J. Miller. 2014. The age of migration . International population

            movements in the modern world. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan (5th edition)

            pp. 25-53, 55-82.


Dickinson, Eliot. 2017. Globalization & migration. A world in motion. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield.

pp. 1-134.


Gamlen, Alan. 2014. “The new migration-and-development pessimism”. Progess in Human Geography 38:4, 581-597

Full text: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0309132513512544


Goldin, Ian, Geoffrey Cameron, and Meera Balarajan. 2011. Exceptional people: How migration shaped our world and will define our future . Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press. pp. 11-93.


Harild, Niels. 2016. “Forced displacement: A development issue with humanitarian elements.” Forced Migration Review 2016:52, 4-7.

            Full text: http://www.fmreview.org/sites/fmr/files/FMRdownloads/en/solutions.pdf


Huijsmans, Roy. 2015. “Children and young people in migration: A relational approach” pp. 1-22 in Movement, Mobilities and Journeys, Vol. 6 of Skelton, T. (ed.) Geographies of Children and Young People. Singapore: Springer


Isaksen, Lise Widding, Sambasivan Uma Devi, and Arlie Russell Hochschild. 2008. Global care crisis: A problem of capital, care chain, or commons? American Behavioral Scientist 52 (3): 405-425. Accessed November 1, 2008. doi:10.1177/0002764208323513.

Full text : http://abs.sagepub.com.ezproxy.hioa.no/content/52/3/405.abstract


Kapur, Devesh 2007. "The Janus face of diasporas" pp. 89-118 in Diasporas and development , edited by Barbara J. Merz, Lincoln C. Chen and Peter F. Geithner. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.


Koser, Khalid. 2013. "Protecting the rights of migrant workers" pp. 93-108 in New perspectives on international migration and development , edited by Jeronimo Cortina and Enrique Ochoa Reza. New York: Columbia University Press.


Mohann, Giles. 2002. "Diaspora and development" pp. 77-139 in Development and displacement , edited by Jenny Robinson. Milton Keynes: Oxford University Press.


Oishi, Nana. 2005. Women in motion: Globalization, state policies, and labor migration in Asia . Stanford, Calif: Stanford University Press. pp. 82-169.


Piper, Nicola. 2008. "Political participation and empowerment of foreign workers. Gendered advocacy and migrant labour organizing in Southeast and East Asia" pp. 247-268 in New perspectives on gender and migration: Livelihood, rights and entitlements , edited by Nicola Piper. New York: Routledge.


Samers, Michael and Michael Collyer. 2017. "Geographies of migration, citizenship and belonging." In Migration . London: Routledge. pp. 307-375


Turton, David. 2002. "Forced displacement and the nation-state" pp. 20-75 in Development and displacement , edited by Jenny Robinson. Milton Keynes: Oxford University Press.

(Literature list last updated: 26.02.2018)

About the course

Utvikling og migrasjon Bachelor’s Programme in Development Studies 10 ECTS 4. semester English or Norwegian 2017-2018
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