The studies focus on migration, ethnic and minority relations, multiculturalism and human rights.
One semester full-time studies is 30 ECTS. One course usually covers a full semester and are held in succession (not parallel). Depending on the student’s previous studies at their home university, students can follow the courses at an introductory level (I) or on a deeper level (II or III). All courses are largely based on project work and problem-based independent learning, which is done in groups and individually, under supervision.
International Migration and Ethnic Relations I, 30 ECTS (full semester course)
Through a multidisciplinary perspective the course provides basic knowledge and skills in central problems and questions in the field of International Migration and Ethnic Relations (IMER). The course also gives basic training in the methods and analytical tools employed in the social sciences and humanities. IMER is essentially about emigration, immigration, and return migration. At the core of the course are two main questions: the reasons for international migration and the results of international migration. Relevant topics for the latter are immigrant policy, integration and segregation processes, racism and relations reflecting cultural and religious diversity.
Elective courses, full semester (30 ECTS):
Human Rights I
Through a multidisciplinary perspective you will acquire basic knowledge in the field of human rights. The course is built around law, politics and ethics. Law includes understanding human rights in the context of public international law, acquiring knowledge about basic declarations and conventions, and their interpretation, in the field of human rights and, understanding how human rights are implemented and monitored. Politics include understanding how human rights relate to the modern state and the international state system, including the relation between democracy and human rights, and the relation between state sovereignty and human rights. Ethics include understanding how ideas of human rights have developed historically, how human rights can be understood through theories of ethics, understanding the meaning of the universalism of human rights, and the relation between human rights and religion.
This course provides instruction on the dominant theoretical approaches and debates in the field of International Relations. A major topic in these theories and debates is how to best interpret and analyze international relations of influence and changes in the balance of power at the global level. In this context, issues of strategic decision-making and international norms play an important role. After having completed the course, students should have a basic knowledge of how to apply analytical concepts of international relations in the interpretation and analysis of world politics. Different theoretical and methodological perspectives are brought into focus during the course. The course is assessed in the form of individual take-home written examinations.
Peace and Conflict Studies
This course is an introduction to, and general conspectus of, the multi-disciplinary field of Peace and Conflict Studies. Key issues in the field are how conflicts emerge, how they may be resolved and whether a sustainable global order of peace is possible. These issues are analyzed in terms of how historical changes, e.g. the post-war process of decolonisation and the end of the Cold War, have created new patterns of conflict and require new models of resolution. We also look at how organized violence is experienced by its victims and how local events are connected with large-scale processes. In order to present the diversity of the field of Peace and Conflict Studies, we, at Malmö University, adopt a broad, open, multi-perspective approach. Different theoretical and methodological perspectives are brought into focus during the course. The course is assessed in the form of individual take-home written examinations.
Power and Policy-making in the European Union
The aim of the course is to further develop students’ abilities in analysing political power and policy-making in the European Union. Building on previously acquired knowledge of European Integration, the course develops analytical abilities in four areas of competence; theoretical and historical perspectives, institutional processes, political representation and post-national polity.