Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Migration and Integration

Course Code :1900PSWIMI
Study domain:Sociology
Academic year:2017-2018
Semester:1st semester
Contact hours:45
Study load (hours):168
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 1st semester
Lecturer(s)Christiane Timmerman
Noel Clycq
Jef Verschueren
Dirk Vanheule
Walter Nonneman
Hilde Greefs

3. Course contents *

Lesson 1: General introduction to and overview of the course (Chris Timmerman)

A short overview is given of the 'multicultural' context in Flanders, with a focus on the history of migration flows, a description of populations with a immigrant background, and their socio-economic and religious affiliation. Furthermore, an overview is given of the current theoretical debate, following up on the work of Castles. More information is given on the available datasources and the general structure of the course.

Part 1: Migration

Lesson 2: Migration paradigms: historical perspective (Hilde Greefs)

The focus in this lesson is on the history of immigration and emigration flows in Belgian and Europe, with a special focus on the role of the city and the element of social networks.

Lesson 3: Guest Lecture G. Engbersen - Thursday October 26th - Room Hof van Liere, Prinsstraat 13

‘CeMIS: 10 years of Migration and Intercultural Studies in Flanders. Looking back and moving forward’.

Lesson 4: Migration paradigm: economic perspective (Walter Nonneman)

This lesson applies economic approaches to study the decision to migrate (cost-benefit, repeat migration, illegal migration, ...). It uses existing datasources to analyse these issues.

Lesson 5: Migration paradigm: juridical perspective (Dirk Vanheule)

This lesson gives an oveview of the juridical framework of the migration and asylum policy at a European and national level. It elaborates on potential tentions between a human rights and anti-discrimination perspective within these policies.

Part 2 - Interculturalism and Integration

Lesson 6: Interculturalism and integration: sociological and antropological perspective (Noel Clycq)

This lesson discusses the concept of interculturalism in relation to Anthropological and Sociologial paradigms, and relates it to the concepts of culture, ethnicity and nationalism.

It develops the relationship with concepts such as integration, citizenship, assimilation and so forth.

Lesson 7: Framing of integration and 'inburgering': a discourse perspective (Jef Verschueren)

This lessons further develops the idea of a discursive framing of curcial concepts relation to integration and diversity.

Lesson 8: Integration, a judicial perspective (Dirk Vanheule)

Part 3 - Study of social domains


Lesson 9: Education situation and policy (Noel Clycq)

A short overview of the educational situation of youngsters with an immigration background is presented. The most relevant theories explaining this situation are discussed from a micro, meso and macro perspective.


Lesson 10: Economic and labour market situation and policy (Walter Nonneman)

The impact of the economic aspects of integration and the consequences for integration policy and social security are studied. Specific tensions are focused upon.



Lesson 11: Research on migration and integration (Chris Timmerman)

A short overview of the current research program of CeMIS is presented focusing on the three research lines: Migration, Integration and Migration and Development.