Historical perspectives on ethnicity and migration, 7.5 credits (742A20)

Historiska perspektiv på etnicitet och migration, 7.5 hp

Main field of study



Second cycle

Course type

Programme course


Stefan Jonsson

Course coordinator

Stefan Jonsson

Director of studies or equivalent

Zoran Slavnic
Course offered for Semester Weeks Language Campus VOF
F7MEM Ethnic and Migration Studies, Master´s Programme 1 (Autumn 2019) v201934-201938 English Norrköping o

Main field of study


Course level

Second cycle

Advancement level


Course offered for

  • Master´s Programme in Ethnic and Migration Studies

Entry requirements

A bachelor’s degree in the humanities, fine arts, social sciences, behavioural sciences, health sciences or natural sciences or equivalent qualifications. 

Documented knowledge of English equivalent to Engelska 6/Engelska B.

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course, the student should on an advanced level be able to

  • explain how historical and social contexts influence migration processes and the formation of ethnic identities, and critically judge the research literature addressed in the course;
  • identify and formulate scientifically motivated problems concerning migration, ethnicity and identity formation in the modern and contemporary period;
  • define and analyse concepts such as ethnicity, race, citizenship, community, border, and migration and apply them in empirical and theoretical cases in ways that demonstrate methodological understanding;
  • account for and apply standard academic rules of referencing and source criticism;
  • offer and receive constructive criticism and understand the consequences of plagiarism;
  • account for basic problems and attitudes concerning ethical issues within the field of ethnic and migration studies.

Course content

This course deals with historical and sociological perspectives on the ways in which migration has shaped human history and society. It also addresses conceptions such as identity, race, ethnicity, nationhood, citizenship, boundaries, and other kinds of community-formation. In the course, migration, identity, and related notions are seen as both constitutive of and constituted by human history. Students will encounter a series of classical texts in the field of ethnic and migration studies, and they will problematize basic theoretical and methodological issues that are raised by the texts. The course also introduces students to the resources of the research library. Moreover, the course addresses the principles of an academic approach both in terms of the evaluation, use and presentation of sources and the application of general rules of academic referencing and citation, and in terms of scientific discussion and critical scrutiny of academic texts.

Teaching and working methods

The course offers a combination of lectures and seminars. Students are expected to be well prepared for lectures and to have completed assigned preparations for seminars.

Language of instruction: English


The course is examined through active seminar participation and written assignments. Detailed information about the examination can be found in the course’s study guide.

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.


Institutionen för samhälls- och välfärdsstudier
REQUIRED READING Aeschylus (1988 / 466–463 BC?) Suppliants/The Suppliant Maidens (466 or 463 B. C.). Trans. Herbert Weir Smith. Loeb Classical Library. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press / London: William Heinemann. (Or other edition)19 Althusser, Louis (1971) “Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses” (Notes Toward an Investigation)”. In Lenin and Philosophy and Other Essays, trans. Ben Brewster. London: New Left Books, 127–186. Or later edition. Aristotle (1992 / 330 BC?) The Politics. Trans. T. A. Sinclair. London: Penguin, Book 1, 51–97. (Or other edition) Barth, F. (1998/1969). Ethnic groups and boundaries: the social organization of culture difference. Prospect Heights, Ill.: Waveland Press, inc., Introduction. Buck-Morss, Susan (2009) Hegel, Haiti, and Universal History. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press. Calhoun, Craig. Nations Matter: Culture, History, and the Cosmopolitan Dream. London: Routledge, 2007. ‘Introduction’, Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 4, ‘Conclusion’. Chatterjee, P. ‘Whose Imagined Community?’. In Gopal Balakrishnan (ed.) Mapping the Nation. London: Verso, 1996, 214–25. Dahlstedt, Magnus and Neergaard, Anders, editors (2015) International Migration and Ethnic Relations: Critical Perspectives. London: Routledge. Selections. Eriksen, T. Hylland (2010). Ethnicity and nationalism: anthropological perspectives. London: Pluto Press. Chapters 1–2. Fanon, Frantz (2008/1952) Black Skin, White Masks. Translated by Richard Philcox. New York: Grove Press. Habermas, Jürgen. The Postnational Constellation. Cambridge: Polity, 2001, 58–112. Hall, Stuart. (2000) “Who Needs ‘Identity’?” In Identity: A Reader, edited by Gay, P., Evans, J., and Redman, P. London: Sage, pp. 15–30. Hansen, Peo. ‘Post-national Europe, without cosmopolitan guarantees’. Race & Class, 50(4) 2009: 20–37. Harzig, Christiane and Hoerder, Dirk (2009) What is Migration History? Malden: Polity Press. Hegel, G. W. F. (1977/1807) Phenomenology of Spirit. Trans. A. V. Miller. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Or other edition. Selections. Herodotos (1987 / 440 BC?) The History. Trans. David Greene. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. Selections. Hobsbawm, Eric. J. ‘Mass-Producing Traditions: Europe 1870–1914’. In E. J. Hobsbawm and Terrence Ranger (eds), The Invention of Tradition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1983, 263–307. International Organization of Migration (IOM), World Migration Report 2018. las Casas, Bartolomé de (1992 /1552) A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies. Ed. and trans. Nigel Griffin. London: Penguin Books. (Or other edition) Leon Portilla, Miguel. The Broken Spears. Selections. Mansfield, Nick (2000). Subjectivity: Theories of the Self from Freud to Haraway. New York: New York Univ. Press. Marks, Robert B. (2015) The Origins of the Modern World: A Global and Envirnomental Narrative from the Fifteenth to the Twenty-First Century, 3d edition. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield. Montaigne, Michel de (1991 /1580) ”Des Cannibales”, in Essais; ”On the Cannibals”, in The Complete Essays. Ed. and trans. M. A. Screech. London: Penguin Books. (Or use any other edition or translation). Mudimbe, V. Y. (1994) The Idea of Africa. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press. Selections. Puskás, T. and Ålund, A. (2015). Ethnicity: The complexity of boundary creation and social differentiation. In Dahlstedt, M. and Neergaard, A. (eds.) International Migration and Ethnic Relations: Critical Perspectives,London: Routledge, pp. 13–37. Sartre, Jean-Paul (1995 / 1944) Anti-Semite and Jew: An Exploration of the Etiology of Hate. Trans. George J. Becker. New York: Schocken Books, new ed. Saunders, Frances Stonor. “Where on Earth Are You?”. London Review of Books, vol. 38, no. 5 (3 March 2016), 7–12. Wetherell, Margaret & Mohanty, Chandra Talpade (2010) The Sage Handbook of Identities. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications. Wimmer, A. and Schiller, N. ‘Methodological Nationalism and Beyond Nation-State Building Migration and the Social Sciences'. Global Networks, 2002, 2(4): 301–334. Wolf, Eric R. Europe and the People Without History. Berkeley and Los Angeles: The University of California Press, 1982. SUGGESTED READING Althusser, Louis (1971) “Freud and Lacan”, in Lenin and Philosophy and Other Essays, trans. Ben Brewster. London: New Left Books, 195–219) Or later edition. Anderson, Benedict. Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism. New edition, London: Verso, 2009. Azar, Micahel (1999) “In the Name of Algeria: Frantz Fanon and the Algerian Revolution.” In Frantz Fanon: Critical Perspectives, ed. Anthony C. Alessandrini. London and New York: Routledge, 21–33. Bonilla-Silva, Eduardo. “More than Prejudice: Restatement, Reflections, and New Directions in Critical Race Theory”. Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, 1(2015: 1), 73–87. https://doi.org/10.1177/2332649214557042 Fanon, Frantz (2002 [1962]) The Wretched of the Earth. Trans. Richard Philcox. New York: Grove Press. Selections. Kristeva, Julia (1991) ”The Greeks Among Barbarians, Suppliants, and Metics”. Ch. 2 in Strangers to Ourselves. Trans. Leon Roudiez. New York: Columbia University Press, 41–63. Livi Bacci, Massimi (2012) A Short History of Migration. Cambridge: Polity Press. Outlaw, Lucius. “Toward a Critical Theory of ‘Race’”, in Anatomy of Racism, ed. David Theo Goldberg. Minneapolis: The University of of Minnesota Press, 1990, 58–82. Price, Merrall Llewelyn (2003) ”Teratographies: Writing the American Colonial Monster”. Chapter 5 in Consuming Passions: The Uses of Cannibalism in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe. New York and London: Routledge, 83–110. Said, Edward. “Zionism from the Standpoint of Its Victims, in Anatomy of Racism, ed. David
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