Academic year
2022/2023 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
LMH410 (AF:398911 AR:214312)
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 "Migrations and global transformations" covers one of the key areas in the LM program on “Environmental Humanities”, namely the study of social patterns of behaviour as embedded in wider global transformations, with reference to the question of climate change.
On the one side, international migrations are the effect of wider processes in political, economic, social and -indeed- environmental fields. On the other side, migrants' trajectories have an impact on their surrounding social and natural environments, in countries of origin as well of arrival, at multiple levels. It is in this perspective, that this course tackles the issue of human mobility and the transformations associated with it.
The course is also offered to students from the LM programs “Studi transmediterranei: migrazione, cooperazione e sviluppo” and “Relazioni internazionali comparate” (Global studies e EU Studies curriculums).
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 theories and 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 put under question. 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 the file Detailed program available on the moodle in due time for the full selection of Compulsory readings.
The full selection of readings will be provided before the start the course and made available on the moodle page in PDF format.
For all students, the final evaluation will be based on the two following elements:

1) A PAPER to be submitted (via moodle) one week before the day scheduled for the oral exam.
The paper has to be prepared individually, whilst presentations made in class can be done in group (see below). The paper has to follow the compulsory Template (see moodle).
Deadlines: students who want to prepare a paper have to submit a ABSTRACT (max half-page) before the deadlines published by the teacher in due time (see below for the updated calendar). Later abstracts will not be accepted. The abstract has to describe the chosen case-study, the way it will be approached in relation to the topics of the course, and some first bibliographical references.
Concerning the topic of your paper: you have to chose a case-study which relates to one of the 6 topics we discussed in class (see list on the moodle) and expand it through the analysis of a specific case study, with the support of the proper literature. You need to adequately quote and integrate in your analysis at least 2 of the Compulsory readings.
Focus: 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 Extra) 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.

For attending students: attending students will have the opportunity to give a PRESENTATION of the draft version of their paper to the class. A calendar of these presentation will be agreed with the teacher in due time. The presentation can be prepared by a group of max 3 students (but papers still need to be individual papers)
Presentations in class can be awarded a bonus of 1 o 2 extra point for the oral exam, depending on their level.
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.
The course will also host some guest teachers from this specific field of study.
Students are invited to contribute with critical questions and comments to the classroom discussion. A selected group of students will have the opportunity to present their personal research in class.

***This section will be completed by the teacher as soon as the academic calendar 2022/23 is available***

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.
Please remember that the oral examinations can last more than one day, depending on the number of students attending.
A calendar of the exams will be published after registrations are closed.

Exam sessions Winter 2022/23:
Deadline abstracts: 18 December 2022

1st Deadline paper: 9 January 2023
1st oral examination: 16 January

2nd deadline paper: 23 January
2nd oral examination: 30 January

Exam session Summer 2022/23:
Deadline abstracts: 20 April 2023
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Oral examination: …..

Exam session Fall 2022/23:
Deadline abstracts: 15 July 2023
Deadline paper: ….
Oral examination: …..
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: 28/01/2023