spring 2021
STV-2047 Politics of Mobility and Migration - 10 ECTS

Last changed 11.08.2021

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1st December, 2017

Exchange students and Fulbright students: 1st October, 2017

Type of course

The course can be taken as a singular course.  It cannot be taken in combination with STV-3047 Politics of Mobility and Migration.

Admission requirements

Nordic applicants: General study-competence

International applicants: Higher Education Entrance Qualification and certified language requirements in English

A list of the requirements for the Higher Education Entrance Qualification in Norway can be found on the website of the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT). For language requirements we refer to NOKUT's GSU-list.


Application code: 9199 (Nordic applicants)


Prior completion of the courses STV-1000: Politisk Analyse and STV-1005: Global Politikk, or their equivalents, is recommended.

Course content

The core theme is the changing relationship, now and in the past, between politics, space ¿ especially territory ¿ and the human subjects who constitute the political realm.  Particular attention will be paid to how the nexus of politics, space and society creates the conditions of both solidarity and conflict.  The core theme will be explored by means of a consideration of the following specific topics:


Theoretical and historical roots of modern geopolitics

Political economy of territoriality, property and an emerging mass society

Micro-management of mobility

Macro-management of migration and immigration

Race, gender and the politics of migration and immigration


The course is offered (in two different versions with different course-codes) to students at both the Bachelor and Master¿s levels. The course-content will be similar for both levels but will include additional required readings for master¿s students, providing greater knowledge-depth and facilitating the development of more advanced analytical skills.  Master¿s students will also participate in two additional seminars, devoted to advanced analysis of the course material, and be required to complete a more comprehensive examination (in terms of both form and content).

Recommended prerequisites

STV-1000 Political Analysis, STV-1005 World Politics: Introduction to International and Transnational Relations

Objectives of the course

Students who have successfully completed the course should have achieved the following learning outcomes:


Knowledge and comprehension


  • Theories with a bearing on geopolitical issues
  • Role of race, gender, and other intersectional categories in the history and practice of

migration and immigration

  • Historical roots of modern European border practices
  • Historical roots of the mass society and associated institutions
  • Nationhood and nationalism
  • Contemporary developments in global border practices
  • The micro-politics of managing urban space
  • The macro-politics of managing migration and immigration




  • Employ scholarly methods in the evaluation of issues of national autonomy and migration
  • Systematically distinguish and relate empirical and normative dimensions of migration issues
  • Place such issues in theoretical and historical context
  • Connect such issues to broader political-economic developments




  • Methods of rigorous critique and comparative social analysis, applicable to variety of domains
  • Theoretical tools of informed reflection on the ethics of public policymaking.

Language of instruction

Language of instruction and examination is English. Examination questions will be given in English but may be answered either in English or Norwegian/Scandinavian language.

Teaching methods

The course consists of 10 x 2 hours of classes employing a variety of teaching methods, both directive and interactive, including mini-lectures, Q and A, and group-work.


The following coursework requirements must be completed and approved in order to take the final exam: selected-article review

 Assessment and exam 

The exam will consist of: A 4 hour school-exam.                                                                                                

The exam will be assessed on an A-F grades scale. Grades are A-E for passed and F for failed.  


Retake is offered in in the beginning of the following semester in cases of grade F or Fail. Deferred examination is offered in the beginning of the following semester if the student is unable to take the final exam due to illness or other exceptional circumstances. Registration deadline for retake is January 15 for autumn semester exams and August 15 for spring semester exams.

  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: STV-2047