This course is geared towards practitioners in the field but is also open to other types of students interested in learning more about migration studies. This course covers eight weeks. You will receive weekly assignments and online lectures. You are free to work at your own pace and within the confines of your own schedule. Over eight weeks you will cover: important terms, concepts, definitions, data and flows. Theories across disciplines will be covered including theories on: 1) Causes of migration: functionalist and structuralist perspectives, 2) Impacts of migration: migration and development, 3) The continuation of migration: networks, migration systems and cumulative causation, and 4) Migration as an intrinsic part of development and change. The course finishes up with country case studies from both migrant sending countries and migrant receiving countries.
After completing this course, you will have the opportunity to take other online migration courses including: Course 2: Migration and Remittance Effects and Course 3: Comparative Migration Policy
Prerequisites: Social science background and a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent)
You can find more information on the UNU-MERIT course page.