Migration and Asylum Policy in the European Union, 7.5 credits

Migration och asylpolitik i den Europeiska unionen, 7.5 hp


Main field of study

Ethnic and Migration Studies

Course level

Second cycle

Course type

Single subject and programme course


Peo Hansen

Course coordinator

Peo Hansen

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 2 (Spring 2020) 202014-202018 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 (Engelska 6)
    Exemption from Swedish

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course the student shall at an advanced level be able to:

  • account for, and critically reflect over, the contemporary and historical development of EU migration and asylum policy
  • account for, and critically reflect ove the interlinkages and conflicts between the various areas that go to make up EU migration and asylum policy
  • demonstrate analytical skills informed by theoretical and conceptual tools relevant to research on EU migration and asylum policy.


Course content

The course deals with migration and asylum policy in the European Union, incorporating both contemporary developments and their historical antecedents. Students are acquainted with major scholarly accounts in the field and develop their analytical skills taking into consideration key theoretical and conceptual tools. The course places particular importance on the interplay between various areas of EU migration policy, including labour migration, irregular migration, border security and migrant integration policy. Students also familiarize with the crucial connections and conflicts between the different levels of migration and asylum governance in the EU.

Teaching and working methods

The coruse offers a combination of lectures, seminars, and individual assignments. 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.


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Code Name Scope Grading scale
GRU1 Group Assignment 2.5 credits EC
EXAM Examination Paper 5 credits EC
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