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Global Migration and Security

Master's level | 15 credits | Course code: GS2235
Spring 2021
100% Day
Period: 25 March 2021 - 6 June 2021
2 Opens 15 September GU-26752
2) Only EU/EEA citizens and students with approved residence permit in Sweden can apply

About the Course

This course focuses on the relationship between global migration and security. Notions of security are increasingly invoked in relation to migration, and in this course we pay explicit attention to how migration is conceived of as a security issue and analyze what implications this has for the understanding of migration as a political and social phenomenon as well as for the ways in which international migration is governed, managed and controlled. Throughout the course we will therefore address questions regarding what kinds of insecurities global migration gives rise to, who is being ‘secured’, through what means, and to whose benefit.

In the course we approach the migration/security nexus from two different directions: from the security studies perspective and from the migration studies perspective. In the first part of the course we analyze contemporary scholarship around the securitization of migration, human security as well as the political economy of migration control. In the second part of the course we look to how the above logics are visible in the technologies used to manage and control global migration and the particular spaces and actors involved in such processes.

The overall aim of the course is to equip students with the knowledge and analytical skills necessary to analyze the relationship between migration and security, and to critically examine its consequences for how migration is understood and managed.

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Course Syllabus


Requirements and Selection

Requirements: A completed core course of 15 higher education credits in the second cycle within the field of global studies. Alternatively a completed undergraduate degree in social sciences, or the equivalent competence. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS, or alternatively a bachelor's degree from an education held in English.

Selection: Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 225 credits.

Tuition Fee

Application fee: 900 SEK
Full course cost: 21 250 SEK
First payment: 21 250 SEK

EU/EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students do not pay fees. More information on:

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