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

Programme course


Claudia Tazreiter

Course coordinator

Claudia Tazreiter

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 - First and main admission round 1 (Autumn 2022) 202241-202245 English Norrköping, Norrköping C
F7MEM Ethnic and Migration Studies, Master´s Programme - Second admission round (open only for Swedish/EU students) 1 (Autumn 2022) 202241-202245 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

  • Bachelor's degree equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen within one of the following subject areas:
    - humanities
    - fine arts
    - cultural studies
    - social sciences
    - behavioural sciences
    - health sciences
    - natural sciences 
    or equivalent
  • English corresponding to the level of English in Swedish upper secondary education (English 6)
    Exemption from Swedish

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.

If special circumstances prevail, and if it is possible with consideration of the nature of the compulsory component, the examiner may decide to replace the compulsory component with another equivalent component.

If the LiU coordinator for students with disabilities has granted a student the right to an adapted examination for a written examination in an examination hall, the student has the right to it.

If the coordinator has recommended for the student an adapted examination or alternative form of examination, the examiner may grant this if the examiner assesses that it is possible, based on consideration of the course objectives.

An examiner may also decide that an adapted examination or alternative form of examination if the examiner assessed that special circumstances prevail, and the examiner assesses that it is possible while maintaining the objectives of the course.

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.

If special circumstances prevail, the vice-chancellor may in a special decision specify the preconditions for temporary deviations from this course syllabus, and delegate the right to take such decisions.


Institutionen för kultur och samhälle
Code Name Scope Grading scale
OBL1 Seminar Participation 0 credits EC
UPG1 Written assignment 2 credits EC
EXA1 Examination paper 5.5 credits EC
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