The aim of this module is to introduce students to the history of human migrations, from prehistory to the so-called “Refugee crisis” in 2015. Students will learn theories and concepts related to the history of migration and engage in historiographical debates on the topic. On completion of this module students will have developed a critical understanding of the different types of migration, its causes and its socio-economic consequences.
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Mutuazione: 21810693 HISTORY OF MIGRATION in Relazioni internazionali LM-52 A - Z TRAMONTANA FELICITA


The module examines the history of human migration, focusing mostly on the early modern and modern periods. Students will learn about structural aspects of migration, different types of migration and migratory dynamics linked to globalisation processes. Departing from case studies students will critically engage with broader issues such as: the difference between forced and free migration, the relationship between migration and (de)colonisation processes and the changes in the acceptance policies of some European countries during the 20th century. Part of the module will focus on migration across the Mediterranean in a diachronic perspective, addressing the political and economic causes of the phenomenon. Finally, during the seminars, students will be encouraged to analyse the current debate on migration from an historical perspective.

Core Documentation

A reading list will be provided in week 1.

Type of delivery of the course

Participants are expected to attend classes, read recommended texts in private study and play an active part in seminars.

Type of evaluation

- In-class participation, 30% of the final assessment - Mid-term test, 20% of the final assessment - In-class presentation (on a topic agreed with the module covenor), 20% of the final assessment - Final exam, 30% of the final assessment