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Course, academic year 2023/2024
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International Migration - JSM689
Title: International Migration
Guaranteed by: Department of Public and Social Policy (23-KVSP)
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Actual: from 2022
Semester: winter
E-Credits: 7
Examination process: winter s.:
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:1/1, Ex [HT]
Capacity: 20 / unknown (30)
Min. number of students: 8
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
State of the course: 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. Marie Jelínková, Ph.D.
Teacher(s): PhDr. Marie Jelínková, Ph.D.
Class: Courses for incoming students
This course, International Migration, is primarily intended to introduce participants into core migration issues. Therefore it is concerned with questions like why people migrate, how migrants become incorporated into receiving societies and what social and economic impact migrants have on both sending and receiving countries. Furthermore, the course is aimed at introducing several migration topics such as forced labour and exploitation, undocumented migration and the connection between migration and development. Another focus is on the types of migrants (such as economic migrants, family members, refugees and asylum seekers, undocumented migrants, etc.) and selected EU and Czech policies towards various groups of migrants. In some lectures, the course will focus on migration experience viewed through the perspective of migrants themselves.

Last update: Jusić Mirna, M.A., Ph.D. (26.02.2024)
Aim of the course

The course is designed to engage students in critical dialogue concerning various migration topics. In order to do this, the course will combine both lecture and seminar format. The above-mentioned issues will be explored in weekly lectures and readings. Learning objectives of the course include: (a) a solid understanding of major debates in the study of migration / the major issues addressed in migration studies, (b) understanding and interpreting migration data and key concepts and (c) understanding key theories of migration processes.

Last update: Jelínková Marie, PhDr., Ph.D. (19.09.2022)
Course completion requirements

Course Requirements and Grading 

The course is mainly offered to MA students.

Language: All seminar presentations and discussions will be held in English. Essays may be submitted in English, Czech, Slovak or German.   

Participation: A high level of quality participation is expected. 

Readings: All students must prepare by reading the compulsory texts for every lesson. Without that, participation during lectures (see above), which is graded, is not possible. Presentations will usually require reading several additional texts. 

Group PowerPoint Presentation: Students will be divided into four (or more) groups during the first lecture. Each group will deliver its presentation during the course (topics and dates of presentation see below). The presentation should: (a) take up to 15 min. (not more and preferably not much less), (b) be well structured, (c) keep the attention of the audience, (d) avoid too much detail and (e) sum up the key arguments in the conclusions. All members of the group should participate in preparing and presenting the presentation. During the first lecture, each group will choose one of the following topics for their presentation:

(a) What are the push and pull factors of migration? Do they fully explain migration? 

(b) The integrated migrant looks like...  

(c) The EU reaction to the refugee emergency 

(d) Citizenship should be a reward for achieved integration 

(e) Citizenship should be a motivation to better integrate

(f) The main causes of migrant labour exploitation 

 A powerPoint presentation will be worth 20 % of the total grade. 

Description of inspirational practice (project/activity). Each student should (1) find an inspirational activity/project/practices towards migrants and (b) describe it according to given structure. Length: 3 pages.

The description of inspirational practise must be uploaded before the final lecture. An application for deadline extension must be submitted in advance of the due date, and in writing to the lecturer, accompanied by a medical certificate or other appropriate evidence. All assignments submitted after the deadline (and without an approved extension) will be subjected to a penalty of 5 points for each late day, up to a maximum of three days. Papers submitted more than three working days after the due date will not be accepted for marking. The description of inspirational practice will be worth 40 % of the total grade.

Final test: A short test at the end of the course will test if the basic knowledge of the discussed topics during the lectures has been gained as well as the ability to show a critical view on selected migration issues. The test will be worth 40 % of the total grade.

Grading: The overall grade will be calculated as follows: 20 % presentation, 40 % description of inspirative practice, 40 % final test. 

All students can receive 100% (points) maximum (in some cases 105 – 110%). Final grades will be given according to the FSV scheme (A:  100 - 91, B: 90 - 81, C: 80 - 71, D: 70 - 61, E: 60 - 51, F  50 and less, not passing the subject) 

Disability policy: Any student with a disability who may require alternative academic arrangements in the subject is encouraged to approach the lecturer after the first or second lecture or via e-mail at the beginning of the course. The lecturer is willing to find alternative solutions in case of special needs.



Last update: Csikósová Aneta, Bc., DiS. (02.05.2024)
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