A critical interdisciplinary exploration of current theories, debates, and discourses on the consequences of global migration for the re-conceptualizing of European identity, citizenship and the welfare state.
01 Feb. 2021 – Students registration opens
22 Feb. 2021 – Students registration closes
8 Mar. 2021 – End of the production of the course with the partners
15 Mar. 2021 – Course opens
10 May 2021 – Course closes
The ever-increasing rate of immigration is one of the most important recent changes for European identity. So much, that that European Union states are currently negotiating a new pact to stop migration and re-buttressing European borders. It is perhaps Ironical that while European countries mark diversity, equality, human rights, and democracy as common and identifying characteristics, the current political and policy climate fears the impact of migration on European society. The course will therefore ask critical questions as to what is European Identity, and how the politicization of border mobility and cultural encounters has resulted in opposition to the world of the “others “? This 7-week program offers students the opportunity to explore the subjective and structural impact of forced migrants and migration on the cultural, religious, social, political, and economic structures of selected European countries using an interdisciplinary perspective. Critical current events, namely the rise of populist right-wing politics, Brexit, Covid-19, and growing economic and social inequality will serve to illustrate how global migration are shaping new European identities. Post structural and post-colonial theories offer a critical lens from which to understand the politicization of migration, which is currently shaping European identity, as well as transformative opportunities for a more diverse Europe.
Students will engage with current interdisciplinary theories, debates and international case studies for an in-depth understanding on how international migration impacts on European societies, and how the changing European identity affects migrants’ human rights and well-being.
The course is targeted to Finnish and Young Universities for the Future of Europe (YUFE) and international social sciences, health and humanities students currently undertaking Master or PhD studies. An interest in or previous migration studies in social sciences, law, public health, or philosophy, would be of advantage.
Teaching will be delivered by Young Universities for the Future of Europe (YUFE) academics from the University of Eastern Finland, University of Essex (UK), and University of Rome (Italy).
The course is developed by a multidisciplinary team funded by the University of Eastern Finland.
Experts in their fields contributed to the course content through interviews on some aspects and questions of Global Migration and European Identity. Among other experts, the following significantly contributed to the course production:
The 7 themed modules will be delivered in a documentary format, involving pre-recorded videos, online discussions, and blogs, interactive group work activities and a webpage. Recommended readings and resources will address the specific learning outcomes of each model. Course requirements will represent a student workload of 135 hr for 5ECTS.
What is the extent of the ongoing European identity crisis?
What are the individual and sending and receiving country contextual correlates of identity formation for migrants and their children?
Between rights, sovereignty and asylum: How do rights of refugees and asylum seekers work in practice?
How do migrants construct their European identity? and how are they changing the collective European identity?
What European values are non-negotiable and what cultural changes are tolerable?
The socio-economic integration of immigrants in Europe.
All presenters exchange ideas on the overall topic of the course
Registrations are open from 01 to 22 February. If you are a student from the University of Eastern Finland, register via Weboodi to the course with the code 5513590. If you are a student from another university, please fill the registration form linked below.
Please note that only students from the following universities are eligible to take the course:
University of Eastern Finland
Tor Vergata University of Rome
University of Essex