Academic year
2021/2022 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
LM6410 (AF:359658 AR:187349)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
1st Semester
Course year
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The course on "Migrations and citizenship" covers one of the key areas in the LM program “Relazioni internazionali comparate” (Global studies curriculum), offering an international persespective on the role of states and other organisations in shaping people's mobility and their citizenship rights.
The course is also offered to students from the LM programs “Lavoro, cittadinanza sociale, interculturalità” and "Crossing the Mediterranean: towards Investment and Integration" (MIM)
At the end of the course, students will be able to:
1) illustrate the main theoretical approaches to human mobilities in relation to global transformations, including climate change
2) identify the fundamental terminology and concepts used in migration studies and use the terms correctly in context
3) describe main issues from the history of international migrations, and their economic, social and political implications, in key geographical areas
4) critically analyse current academic and policy debates on migrations, and their relationship with the external social and natural environments in which they take place.
5) capacity to select and elaborate on relevant sources (secondary literature and empirical data) in order to provide a sounded and clear discussion of the course topics
6) effectively analyse and present in English (in writing and speaking) original research results, expanding on the core issues addressed by the course
Language skills, according to the admission requirements
The course will explore the main trends in contemporary international migrations and their interconnection with wider global transformations. In so doing, it provides an overview of key notions in migration studies concerning the motivations, patterns and outcomes of people’s mobility in different geographical settings (e.g. Europe, US, Latin America and the Pacific Rim). The distinction between ‘humanitarian’ and ‘economic’ motivations for migrating will be thoroughly discussed. In this discussion, the case of mobility - directly or indirectly - motivated by the effects of climate change is paradigmatic. At the same time, we are going to consider how human mobility also affects the social and natural environments in which it takes place. Thus, we are also looking at the way international organizations (e.g. OIM, UN, ILO, GFMD) are intervening in this realm at the policy level.
Please see Detailed program available on the moodle for the full selection of Compulsory and Suggested readings.
PDF versions of the selected articles/chapters will be provided by the teacher.
The final evaluation will be based on the following elements:

1) A short paper to be submitted (by email) on the same day of the written examination. Students who want to prepare a paper have to submit a half-page abstract 1 month before the beginning of the examination session which they want to join. The paper has to be maximum 10 pages, Times New Roman size 11, spacing 1.5. The list of references (which does not count in the page-limit) has to be at the end of the paper and follow the MLA style.
Concerning the topic of your paper: it has to relate to one of the phenomena we discussed in class (including guest speakers' classes) and expand it through the analysis of a specific case study. As case study you can take, for instance: 1) the specific conditions and experiences of a migrants' group; 2) the stories told by one or more novelists or video-makers about migrant protagonists; 3) events and stories taking place in a specific city or geographical areas, etc. Please do not include cases based on your personal/family experience or on interviews because ethnographic research on migrations falls outside the scope of this course. Also, please remember that you are writing a research essay and not a policy brief or a report. This means that the selected case-study needs to be interpreted as embedded in one of the general theories and phenomena we discussed in class, showing that you master the state of the art literature on these topics and you can relate to the main research questions in this field. For this reason, the main tool to analyze your case-study will be the (Compulsory and Suggested) readings available on the Moodle. You need to show how you used them in your analysis, by quoting them in the appropriate ways.

2) The oral exam will consist of a discussion starting from the written paper, and later expanding to cover other aspects of the course program, with particular with reference to the Compulsory readings, in order to have a full assessment of the knowledge and abilities they have learned through the course.
The course consists of lectures and seminars in which the main concepts will be introduced and applied to relevant phenomena, also by means of visual material (ppt presentation, videos, pictures).
All materials will be made available by the teacher in the moodle page of the course.
Students are invited to contribute with critical questions and comments to the classroom discussion.

On the basis of the latest regulations, there is no difference between students coming in person and those following online.

However, in order to be considered as 'attending' for my course you need to join at least 10 classes (online or in person). You don't need to write me to communicate your (online or in person) attendance, as I can automatically download lists with your names from the platforms.

The presentations in class scheduled for December 2021 have to be given in person, in the assigned dates

If you are in the 701 category, you are still exempt from physical attendance and you will have access to video recordings on Panopto.

My classes are very much based on personal interaction and group discussion which might be difficult to follow online. For this reason, I am strongly recommending all non-attending students, 701 students and students who attend only on-line to fix an appointment during my office hours to see whether I can suggest you some extra material to support you during your study.


Here all deadlines you should keep in mind when preparing for the examination for this course, depending on the exam session (appello) you want to join.

Exam session(s) Winter 2022:
Deadline abstract: 20 December 2021
Deadline paper: 10 January 2022
Oral examination(s): to be announced

Exam session Summer 2022:
Deadline abstract: 1° May 2022
Deadline paper: 30 May 2022
Oral examination: to be announced

Exam session Fall 2022:
Deadline abstract: 10 July 2022
Deadline paper: 22 August 2022
Oral examination: to be announced
written and oral

This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "Poverty and inequalities" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development

Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 25/11/2021