Master Sociology: Migration and Ethnic Studies
- MSc Sociology
- Regulier onderwijs
- 60 EC, 12 maanden
Migration and Ethnic Studies (MES) explores the dynamics of human mobility in the twofold context of globalisation and the persistence of nation-state boundaries. It examines how those dynamics translate into ethnic stratification, economic inequality, and cultural diversity in both countries of departure and countries of destination.
The core and elective courses of the MES programme review a wide array of issues, ranging
- from migration policy, networks and movements to migration and asylum law in Europe;
- and from migrants in labour unions and migrant entrepreneurship to citizenship and migrant (il)legality;
- and from transnational identities, gender, sexuality and class to cultural and religious diversity.
Migration is discussed from a broad sociological perspective. It provides you with the skills to identify and analyse social phenomena. You will learn to go beyond applying or illustrating available theories of migration, integration and ethnicity, and gain the practical skills for both challenging existing models, and building new, innovative ones out of rigorous empirical work.
During the programme, guest speakers from a variety of disciplines including sociology, anthropology, political science, and geography, as well as practitioners such as lawyers, documentary makers, labour organisers and government officials share their knowledge with you.
You are expected to develop your capacity to work independently, becoming knowledgeable scholars while thinking critically about dynamics of migration and integration beyond media and policy stereotypes. A taste for empirical research combined with an aptitude for well-grounded theorization are appreciated, and will be cultivated in programme members.
You will learn how to identify and analyse social phenomena by comparing them with other concrete cases taken from history or crossnational comparative research. That way, you will learn to go beyond just applying or illustrating available theories of migration, incorporation, and ethnicity. You will also gain the practical skills for both challenging existing models, and building new, innovative ones out of rigorous empirical work, in the perspective of fundamental as well as applied research.
Focus on research
Teachers in the MES programme are very international, coming from diverse European and North American countries. Most of them are researchers at the prestigious Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies, one of foremost centers for migration studies in Europe and beyond. Students are encouraged to follow conferences, public lectures, and workshops sponsored by IMES.
Ambition in research?
For students interested in this field of study, we also offer a two-year Research Master’s programme in Social Sciences.