The World System in the Post-colonial Era, 7.5 credits

Världssystemet i en post-kolonial era, 7.5 hp


Main field of study

Ethnic and Migration Studies

Course level

Second cycle

Course type

Single subject and programme course


Anders Neergaard

Course coordinator

Anders Neergaard

Director of studies or equivalent

Zoran Slavnic
ECV = Elective / Compulsory / Voluntary
Course offered for Semester Weeks Language Campus ECV
F7MEM Ethnic and Migration Studies, Master´s Programme 1 (Autumn 2019) 201939-201943 English Norrköping, Norrköping C

Main field of study

Ethnic and Migration Studies

Course level

Second cycle

Advancement level


Course offered for

  • Master´s Programme in Ethnic and Migration Studies

Entry requirements

Previous studies at least up to a level corresponding to three years of study at a Swedish university, i.e. approximately equivalent to a Bachelors Degree at a British University. The applicant is required to submit one letter of recommendation (written by the applicant’s supervisor) and a 1–2 page outline of the applicant’s current research interests as these relate to the course themes. Documented knowledge of English equivalent to Engelska 6.

Intended learning outcomes

After completing the course, students should at an advanced level be able to:
- identify, describe and discuss different theories of internationalization, the world system and globalization, including central concepts as colonialism, imperialism and modernisation;
-  analyse the within the course presented research traditions around globalization and international migration,
- critically evaluate and question the link between migration and development,
- evaluate and analyse migration governance regimes and policy outcomes at national, regional and global levels.

Course content

The course introduces students to some of the major theoretical contributions in linking globalization and international migration in a critical and historical perspective. The course offers an integrated political economy approach to international migration, its forms, causes and consequences. Students will familiarize themselves with the world system and north-south relations beyond nationalism, ethnocentrism and orientalism.

Various theories are presented and discussed, advancing a critical understanding of the nexus between development and migration.  The role of international actors and the states is discussed and analysed in relation policies aiming at solving problems caused by inequalities globally and locally, via aid/cooperation, migration, development and redistributive social policies.

Teaching and working methods

The coruse offers a combination of lectures, seminars, individual assignments and groupassignments. Students are expected to be well prepared for lectures and to have completed assigned preparations for seminars. Language of instruction: English


The course is examined through seminar participation and written assignments. Detailed information about the examination can be found in the course’s study guide.

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course twice are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.



Other information

Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus. 

The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.


Institutionen för samhälls- och välfärdsstudier
Code Name Scope Grading scale
EXAM Individual Examination 6.5 credits EC
SEM1 Seminars 1 credits EC
Required readings • Ahmed, A. S. (2005) “Ibn Khaldun and Anthropology: The failure of Methodology in the Post 9/11 World”, Contemporary Sociology, 34(6) 591-597. • Anderson, B. (2013). Us and Them? The Dangerous Politics of Immigration Control. Oxford: Oxford University Press (selected chapters). • Anthias, F., & Yuval-Davis, N. (1992). Racialized Boundaries: Race, Nation, Gender , Colour and Class and the Antiracist Sturggle. London: Routledge (Chapter 1-2). • Bello, W. (2004). Deglobalization: ideas for a new world economy. London: Zed. [Chapter 1: Introduction: The Multiple Crises of Global Capitalism, pp. 1-31] • Bhambra, G, (2017) Brexit, Trump, and Methodological Whiteness: On the Misrecognition of Race and Class. British Journal of Sociology, November 2017 • Boatcă, M. (2015). Global inequalities beyond Occidentalism, New York: Ashgate [Chapter 3, Orientalism vs. Occidentalism: The Decolonial Perspective, pp. 81 – 115] • Castles, S. (2009). ‘Development and Migration—Migration and Development: What Comes First? Global Perspective and African Experiences’. Theoria: A Journal of Social & Political Theory, 56(121), 1–31. • Castles, S. (2010) 'Understanding Global Migration: A Social Transformation Perspective'. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 36(10): 1565-86. • Chatterjee, P. (2012). The Black Hole of Empire: History of a Global Practice of Power. Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press. [Chapter 1. Outrage in Calcutta, pp. 1 - 32] • Chernilo, D. (2011). The critique of methodological nationalism Theory and history. Thesis Eleven, 106(1), 98–117. • Comaroff, J., & Comaroff, J. L. (2012). ‘Theory from the South: Or, how Euro-America is Evolving Toward Africa’. Anthropological Forum, 22(2), 113–131. • Connell, R. (2007). The Northern Theory of Globalization. Sociological Theory, 25(4), 368–385. • Dahlstedt, M., Rundqvist, M., & Vesterberg, V. (2015). Citizenship – Rights, obligations and changing citizenship ideals. I M. Dahlstedt & A. Neergaard (Red.), International Migration and Ethnic Relations: Critical Perspectives. London: Routledge. • Delgado Wise, Raúl 'A Southern Perspective on the construction of a knowledge economy' DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.20008.83203. Available at: ( • Fargues, Philippe & Fandrich, Christine (2012) Migration after the Arab Spring, MPC Research Report 2012/09. • Gamlen, A. and Marsh K. (2011)’ Introduction: Modes of Governing Global Migration’ in Gamlen, A. and Marsh K. (eds.) Migration and Global Governance, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited: pp. xiii-xxxiv, 21 s. • Glick Schiller, N. (2005), “Transborder citizenship: an outcome of legal pluralism within transnational social fields”, Department of Sociology, UCLA, paper 25, Department of Sociology, University of California. • Hansen, Peo (2014) ‘Immigration Without Incorporation: EU Migration Policy in a Post-Citizenship Europe’, in Guild, Elspeth, Kostakopoulou, Dora and Gortazar, Cristina (eds.), The Reconceptualization of European Union Citizenship, Leiden and Boston: Brill-Martinus Nijhoff, • Hart-Landsberg, M. (2013). Capitalist Globalization: Consequences, Resistance and Alternatives. New York: New York University Press. [Chapter 5, Learning from the ALBA and the Bank of the South: Challenges and Possibilities’, pp. 157 - 175] • Ingram, J. D. (2013). Radical Cosmopolitics: The Ethics and Politics of Democratic Universalism, New York: Columbia University Press [Introduction, pp. 1 – 20; • Isin, E. F., & Turner, B. S. (2007). Investigating Citizenship: An Agenda for Citizenship Studies. Citizenship Studies, 11(1), 5–17. • Isin, E.F. & Nyers, P. (2014). “Globalizing Citizenship Studies.” In Isin, E.F. and P. Nyers, eds. Routledge Handbook of Global Citizenship Studies. London: Routledge: 1-11. • Khayati, Khalid & Dahlstedt, Magnus (2015) “Diaspora: Relationships and community across borders”, in Magnus Dahlstedt & Anders Neergaard (eds.) International Migration and Ethnic Relations: Critical Perspectives, London: Routledge. • Lentin, A. (2014). Post-race, post politics: the paradoxical rise of culture after multiculturalism. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 37(8), 1268–1285. • Likić-Brborić B. (2018) “Global migration governance, civil society and the paradoxes of sustainability,” Globalizations, 15(6): 762-778, 16 p. • Likic-Brboric, B. and C.-U. Schierup (2015) ‘Labour Rights as Human Rights? Trajectories in the Global Governance of Migration’, Schierup, C-U, Munck, R. Likic-Brboric, B and Neergaard, A. (eds) Migration, Precarity & Global Governance. Challenges and Opportunities for Labour. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 223-245, 22 p. • Ngai, Pun and Jenny Chan (2012) 'Global Capital, the State, and Chinese Workers. The Foxconn Experience', Modern China, 38 (4): 383-410 • Peters, F., Vink, M., & Schmeets, H. (2017). Anticipating the citizenship premium: before and after effects of immigrant naturalisation on employment. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 1-30 • Peters, F., Vink, M., & Schmeets, H. (2016). The ecology of immigrant naturalization: a life course approach in the context of institutional conditions. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 42 (3), 359-381. • Rother, S. (2013). ‘A Tale of Two Tactics: Civil Society and the Competing Visions of Global Migration Governance from Below’, In Geiger, M., and Antoine Pécoud (Eds.), Disciplining the Transnational Mobility of People, London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 41 - 62 • Schierup et al (2006) ‘”Bloody Subcontracting” in the Network Society: Migration and Post‐Fordist Restructuring across the European Union’. Chapter 9 in Schierup et. al. Migration, Citizenship, and the European Welfare State: A European Dilemma, Oxford: Oxford University Press. Oxford Scholarship Online, 1-22. Available at: (downloaded from Linköping university library, e-book resources) • Schierup, Carl-Ulrik (2016) 'Under the Rainbow: Migration, Precarity and People Power in Post-Apartheid South Africa'. In Schierup, Carl-Ulrik and Martin Bak Jørgensen (eds.) Politics of Precarity: Migrant conditions, struggles and experiences, Leiden: Brill. Available at: • Schierup, C-U., Ålund, A. and Likic-Brboric (2014) ‘Migration, Precarization and the Democratic Deficit in Global Governance’, International Migration, pp. 1-15, 14 p. • Spickard, J. V. (2001). Tribes and cities: towards an Islamic sociology of religion. Social Compass, 48(1), 103-116. • Wallerstein, I. M. (2004). World-systems analysis: an introduction. Durham: Duke University Press. • Wallerstein, Immanuel Maurice (2000) ‘Globalization or The Age of Transition? A Long-Term View of the Trajectory of the World-System’ International Sociology, 15 (2): 251-267, 16 p. • Woolfson, C. and Likic-Brboric, B. (2008) ‘Migrants and the unequal burdening of “toxic” risk: Towards a new governance regime’, Debatte: Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe, Vol. 16, No. 3, pp. 291–308. 17 p. Recommended • Bello, W. (2004). Deglobalization: ideas for a new world economy. London: Zed [Chapter 7. The Alternative: Deglobalization, pp 107 - 118] • Castles, S. (2004). ‘Why migration policies fail’. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 27(2), 205–227. • Castles, S. (2010) 'Understanding Global Migration: A Social Transformation Perspective'. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 36(10): 1565-86. (21 p). • Castles, S., & Miller, M. J. (2009). The Age of Migration: International Population Movements in the Modern World Fourth edition. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave-Macmillan and Guilford. • Ingram, J. D. (2013). Radical Cosmopolitics: The Ethics and Politics of Democratic Universalism [Chapter 5: Rethinking Political Cosmopolitanism: From Democracy to Democratization, pp. 184 – 224] • Piper, Nicola and Grugel (2015) 'Global Migration Governance, Social Movements and the Difficulties of Promoting Migrant Rights', in Schierup, Carl-Ulrik, et al. (eds.) Migration, Precarity and Global Governance. Challenges and Opportunities for Labour, Oxford: Oxford University Press: 261-79. 18 p. • Rother, Stefan. (2013). ‘A Tale of Two Tactics: Civil Society and the Competing Visions of Global Migration Governance from Below’, In Geiger, M., and Antoine Pécoud (Eds.), Disciplining the Transnational Mobility of People, London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 41 - 62 • Scholte, Jan Aart (2005) Globalization: A Critical Introduction, 2nd Edition. Houndmills: Palgrave. • Wallerstein, Immanuel Maurice (2005) ‘After Developmentalism and Globalization, What?’ Social Forces (83):3, pp. 1263-1278, 15 p.

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