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5117355 Global Migration: Theories and Practices, 5 Cp 
Code 5117355  Validity 01.03.2015 -
Name Global Migration: Theories and Practices  Abbreviation Global Migratio 
Credits5 Cp  Date of expiry  
TypeAdvanced Studies Subject 
ClassStudy Unit  Hours  
Study right   Grading0-5 
Recommended scheduling 
Organisation Geography (Geography and Human Geography) (J) 

Paul Fryer 

Learning outcomes 

After completing the course, the student

  • is able to critically examine international migration.
  • is familiar with the key concepts, questions and theoretical perspectives of migration.
  • is able to interpret, analyse, debate and engage in advanced research on international migration.

Especially in Europe today, migration is a topic of growing state, public and academic concern, and yet the debate is

often overshadowed by media sensationalism and misinformation. How should international migration be seen in today’s

increasingly globalised world? Starting with a historical overview of migration, this course will look at the various theoretical

approaches to the subject, including economic, sociological, political, and legal perspectives. The major actors involved in the

migration process both in home and host countries, including governments, NGOs, migration agencies, kinship/ethnic

networks, etc., and a typology of migration – from irregular/forced to regular (and the ‘grey area’ in between) – will be will be

identified and discussed.

Modes of study 

Lectures (22 hours), a literature review and group presentations (5 credits).

Study materials 

All lectures and readings are available from the university’s Moodle server, accessed by using your student account.

Evaluation criteria 

Active attendance at lectures is required. Students must prove that they are able to conduct independent

research and have achieved a satisfactory level of knowledge from the lectures and assigned texts through a group assignment

to be presented orally and in written form, comprising 60% of the final grade and to be evaluated 0-5. Additionally, students

must prove that they can interpret, analyse, debate and engage with academic writings through a written literature review,

comprising 40% of the final grade to be evaluated 0-5.


Dr. Paul Fryer (GEO), M391





Further information 

Language of instruction is English. Additionally, students are encouraged to take Sociology of Migration and mobility (5 credits), which is offered by the Department of Social Sciences immediately following this course.


Letter (J, K) in front of the name of the course/exam indicates the campus on which teaching or exam takes place: J = Joensuu, K = Kuopio.

Present and future teaching
Functions Name Type Cp Teacher Timetable
Register J: Global Migration: Theories and Practices  Lecture and exercise course  Paul Fryer 
07.03.19thu 10.00-12.00
12.03.19tue 12.00-14.00
14.03.19thu 10.00-12.00
19.03.19tue 12.00-14.00
21.03.19thu 10.00-12.00
26.03.19tue 12.00-14.00
28.03.19thu 10.00-12.00
02.04.19tue 12.00-14.00
04.04.19thu 10.00-12.00
09.04.19tue 12.00-14.00
11.04.19thu 10.00-12.00
16.04.19tue 12.00-14.00
07.05.19tue 12.00-16.00

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