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Immigrant integration and multiculturalism: contradictory or complementary? - JPM829
Title: Immigrant integration and multiculturalism: contradictory or complementary?
Guaranteed by: Department of Political Science (23-KP)
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Actual: from 2023
Semester: winter
E-Credits: 6
Examination process: winter s.:
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:1/1, Ex [HT]
Capacity: unknown / unknown (20)
Min. number of students: unlimited
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
State of the course: not taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
priority enrollment if the course is part of the study plan
Guarantor: PhDr. Malvína Krausz Hladká, Ph.D.
Class: Courses for incoming students
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This course is led by a guest lecturer, Julia de Freitas Sampaio who is going to give a block teaching in these concrete time slots:

16.11./ 17.00 - 19.50/ room 105/ 2 slots
18.11/ 11.00 - 13.50/ room 312/ 2 slots
21.11./9.30 - 13.50/ room 312/ 2 slots
22.11./ 11.00 - 13.50/ room 405/ 2 slots

Please, be prepared to allocate your time to this slots so that you are able to fulfill criteria to pass the course. More info you will find in the SIS.

Here is the zoom link:
and here the space where the students can find the class material:

With an intensified influx of immigrants, Europe saw multiple new challenges arising. My
monography focuses on the impact xenophobic experiences have on language learning and immigrant
integration. There are, however, many sub-questions adjacent to it such as: what is integration? Can
we measure it? We clearly do not have any physical comparisons, one cannot use Kg or meters of
integration, and questionnaires do not seem to achieve the goal either.
Public policies and all sorts of associations have been created to assess immigrants and immigrant
integration, however, the lack of unified measurement makes it hard to understand their efficiency.
Even the European Commission (2013) itself struggles with a broad definition. But, even more
complex than creating a definition, is creating one that takes into account the immigrants’ point of
view without exoticisms and without propagating racial hierarchies. Many authors have been drawing
attention to this question. Schinkel (2018) mentions how very often immigrant integration is
measured according to the understanding a state has of its own nation. This can be regarded as
problematic for more reasons than I have pages to write in this brief introduction. Meisner and Heil
(2020) have also denounced and criticized the rather eurocentric approach many institutions have.
Respect for multiculturalism often appears in research about immigrant integration and it could be an
important piece when it comes to finding a way out of this conceptual quagmire. Multiculturalism is
also often mentioned when politicians talk about integration but those same politicians do not seem to
agree on its definition nor do they apply this idea Schinkel (2018).
In order to achieve those results, the students will be given access to the initial material needed to
understand the debates around those topics. The students will then develop their own critical view on
this topic and will come up with creative options. The investigation will be done through
bibliography review, research, and analysis of policies and institutions.
The research does not have to stop at “ways to measure integration” though. From this initial problem
we can steam many other sub-questions such as “what is multiculturalism”? Among many others.
Last update: Krausz Hladká Malvína, PhDr., Ph.D. (16.11.2022)

check the syllabus

Last update: Frantová Michaela, PhDr. (07.10.2022)
Requirements to the exam

ASSINGMENTS AND GRADING: In order to be granted the ECTS, participants will be asked to ● prepare and revise the classroom/online sessions ● hand in the following assignments: o Class participation (30%of final grade) o Final assignment, which consists on a written paper. (70% of final grade) Please note: According to the of icial module description these assignments can consist of: - a written paper of approx. 25,000 characters including spaces - The final paper will present and critically analyzing a policy for immigrant integration using the studied literature. The policy in question can be the one previously presented, but this is not mandatory. While the presentation will be more of an overview, here the students are expected to go deeper into the subject and in the debates involving the matter

Last update: Frantová Michaela, PhDr. (07.10.2022)
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