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Migration and Citizenship



Please see the Registration procedure below.
Only the following categories of students can register for this course:

  • Students enrolled for the BA programme “CA-DS” at Leiden University who have passed the Propedeuse

  • Students enrolled for the Minor CA-OS

  • Exchange and Study Abroad students who have been admitted to this course

  • Pre-master students who have completed their Admission procedure for the master CA-DS. and have been formally admitted to this course as part of the pre-master programme.


Globalization processes imply a rapid increase in the mobility of people within and beyond national borders. Although migration has been an integral part of social life since pre-colonial times, current migration patterns entail somewhat different processes. With the involvement of global markets, UN conventions, bilateral or multilateral agreements between nation states and the emergence of transnational social networks, the condition of migrants becomes situated within the interstices of these different political powers at different scales. With the compression of time and space, global-local interactions become much more complex and fluid, rather than homogenized. Linked closely to the movement of people is the question of citizenship, which not only involves rights and duties in relation to the nation-state but also involves questions of legality, illegality, inclusion and exclusion, the politics of belonging and governmentality.
This course focuses on the contexts, processes and consequences of migration and the links with the issue of citizenship. It will deal with questions such as: How do global-local articulations shape the nature of governmentality regarding different migrant groups? How have processes of nation formation affected the citizenship status of documented or undocumented migrants, refugees, aliens, denizens or internally displaced persons? How have cultural markers shaped or been shaped by processes of community formation and the social relations between immigrants and non-immigrants? What kinds of political mobilization or social movements, either for or against foreign migrants, emerge and what kind of transnational social spaces are created? How would new public and private spaces be created by migrants of different ethnic, class, gender and religious backgrounds?

Course objectives

Students who follow this course will develop:

  • a firm theoretical foundation in the anthropology and sociology of migration and citizenship studies

  • the academic skills necessary to analyze processes operating at global and local levels that affect different migrant groups.

  • The ability to understand policy debates regarding immigration issues.



Mode of instruction

Total 10 ECTS = 280 study hours (sbu)

  • Lectures 12 × 2 hours (36 sbu)

  • Group discussions 12 × 1 h (24 sbu)

  • Study of literature 675 pp (112 sbu)

  • Bi-weekly assignments (32 sbu)

  • Final paper 6 pp = 3600 words (48 sbu)

Assessment method

  • Bi-weekly assignments ( constitutes 60% of the final grade)

  • Final paper 6 pp (constitutes 40% of the final grade)

  • Presence at lectures and group discussions (min. 10 out of 12)

Re-do is only possible if the final grade is below 6, if student has actively participated in the course and submitted most of the assignments / papers / presentations.


  • Registration in Usis is obligatory for the lectures (H) for all participants. Please consult the course registration website for information on registration periods and further instructions.

  • Registration for the exam is NOT necessary because this course does not have one final (classical) exam.

  • Registration on Blackboard is obligarory for all participants.

  • NB: Exchange students: You can only register for this course if you had officially been admitted during the Admission Procedure.


The blackboard module will be active.
All participants must register for this course on Blackboard.

Reading list

To be announced on Blackboard.

Contact Infromation

Dr. Ratna Saptari