Ethics and Migration, advanced course, 7.5 credits (721A51)

Ethics and Migration, advanced course, 7.5 hp

Course description

Migration is increasing in today's globalised world. People leave their homes because of political and religious oppression, poverty and environmental catastrophes. In parallel, Europe and the US build barriers to keep the migrants away. What are the moral rights of refugees and what moral obligations do nations have to open their borders? In the course ethical questions related to migration and refugees are studied.

Main field of study

Applied Ethics


Second cycle

Course type

Single subject course


Elin Palm, Lars Lindblom

Course coordinator

Elin Palm, Lars Lindblom

Director of studies or equivalent

Elin Palm

Available for exchange students



Kostas Mitropoulos, international coordinator

Course offered for Semester Weeks Language Campus VOF
Single subject course (Full-time, Day-time) Autumn 2021 v202150-202203 English Linköping
Single subject course (Full-time, Day-time) Autumn 2021 v202150-202203 English Linköping

Main field of study

Applied Ethics

Course level

Second cycle

Advancement level


Entry requirements

  • Bachelor's degree equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, academic paper 15 ECTS credits included
  • English corresponding to the level of English in Swedish upper secondary education (English 6/B)
    (Exemption from Swedish 3)

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course, the student should on an advanced level be able to:
- analyse important ethical theories of relevance for this course,
- orally and in written form, discuss and analyse ethical problems that may arise in relation to migration,
- employ ethical theory, principles and concepts in an in-depth analysis of a concrete migration issue,
- criticise ethical analyses in a constructive manner,
- demonstrate an open and critical attitude to positions and arguments in ethics and migration.

Course content

Ethics of migration comprises normative issues related to the different phases of migration and categories of migrants. Reasons for and modes of migration vary as do the impact of migration on receiving, transit and sending countries.

In a first, theoretical part, this course examines fundamental ethical questions related to migrants (regular and irregular) and migration, borders and border control. Arguments for and against immigration restriction as well as rights and duties between nation states and migrants are systematically analysed.

In a second, more applied part, ethical implications of migration flow such as brain drain will be investigated. Prevailing migration management e.g. large-scale surveillance-based migration control will also be critically examined from the perspective of ethics.

Teaching and working methods

In the course, students read and analyse texts, participate in group discussions, write papers and are actively involved in seminar discussions. In addition, lectures are provided. Language instruction: English


Mandatory participation in seminars as well as oral presentations of a smaller written work. Students should also critically discuss written assignments produced by a fellow student. Detailed information about the examination can be found in the courses study guide.

If the LiU coordinator for students with disabilities has granted a student the right to an adapted examination for a written examination in an examination hall, the student has the right to it. If the coordinator has instead recommended for the student an adapted examination or alternative form of examination, the examiner may grant this if the examiner assesses that it is possible, based on consideration of the course objectives.

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course twice are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.



Other information

Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus. 

The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.


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See Additional documents for literature list.

EX01 Seminars U, G 2.5 credits
EX02 Individual Examination EC 5 credits

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