About this course
The course approaches migration as a constant phenomenon in human history and examines its main supporting theories. It illustrates theories about people's individual decisions to migrate and also the factors of migration as a structural feature of our societies. It explains the role social networks and institutions play in making people move to another country, or return to their own. Finally, it includes interviews with international experts that describe how migration theories can help to understand some topical case studies of labour migrations in the world.
The course is based on video lectures, didactic videos and podcast interviews with international experts. Assignments consist of short quizzes for each unit and a journal exercise at the end of the course. Suggestions for further reading will be included in order to achieve a more in-depth understanding.
To learn more about irregular migration and asylum seeking, check out Part 1: Facts
What will I learn?
At the end of the course, students will be able to:
- identify the fundamental terminology used in theoretical debates on migration;
- illustrate the main theoretical approaches that explain the motivations for people to move and settle outside their home countries;
- apply main theories to the interpretation of real case studies.
Who is this course for?
This course is meant as a general introduction to migration issues for students and practitioners.
What do I need to know?
We encourage you to take Part 1: The Facts of this MOOC series. Knowledge of English language is essential. Previous knowledge of basic sociological or economic debates can be an advantage, although this is not a compulsory prerequisite. The only other requirement is enthusiasm and interest in the topic.
CHAPTER 1 – MIGRATION AS A GLOBAL PHENOMENON
Unit 1.1 – Migration in human history
Unit 1.2 – Contemporary trends
CHAPTER 2 - WHY MIGRATION STARTS?
Unit 2.1 – Migration as a choice
Unit 2.2 – Migration as a consequence
CHAPTER 3 – WHY MIGRATION CONTINUES?
Unit 3.1 – The importance of networks
Unit 3.2 – The role of institutions
Unit 3.2 – Return migration (podcast with Jean-Pierre Cassarino)
CHAPTER 4 – EXAMPLES
Unit 5.1 – Migration and development in Africa (podcast with Giorgia Giovannetti)
Unit 5.2 – Care and domestic workers in Italy (podcast with Maurizio Ambrosini)
Unit 5.4 – Indian migrants in Gulf region (podcast with Chinmay Tumbe)