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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 

This lecture course will have students look critically at one of the most important global phenomena of the modern age – migration. Through a multi-disciplinary study of the key concepts, questions, and theoretical perspectives of migration, as well as with the help of case studies, at the end of the course students will be able to interpret, analyse, debate and engage in advanced research on migration at both the domestic and international levels.


Migration is a topic of growing state, public and academic concern, and yet the debate is often overshadowed by media sensationalism and misinformation. How does migration continue to play a role in national economic and regional planning? How should 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 at both the national and international levels, 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, diaspora/ethnic networks, etc., and a typology of migration – from irregular/forced to legal (and the ‘grey area’ in between) – will be identified and discussed.

Modes of study 

Lectures (24 hours) and a written assignment (2 credits), group presentations based on research and the lecture course (3 credits).

Study materials 

A reading list will be distributed at the beginning of the course.

Evaluation criteria 

Students must prove that they are able to interpret and analyse advanced research on international migration by submitting a written assignment to be evaluated 0-5. Active attendance at lectures is required.


Dr. Paul Fryer (GEO)





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

Present and future teaching
Functions Name Type Cp Teacher Timetable
Registration not started 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
02.05.19thu 12.00-16.00

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