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Migration, integration and ethnic relations in social work, 15 Credits

Swedish name: Migration, integration och etniska relationer i socialt arbete

This syllabus is valid: 2020-11-23 and until further notice

Course code: 2SA145

Credit points: 15

Education level: Second cycle

Main Field of Study and progress level: Social Work: Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements

Grading scale: VG Pass with distinction, G Pass, U Fail

Responsible department: Department of Social Work

Revised by: Head of Department of Social Work, 2020-11-26


The course includes issues concerning migration, integration and ethnic relations in social work.  The potential possibilities and obstacles associated with these key-concepts and phenomenon are problematized at individual- and group-level. Structural conditions and social stratifications like gender, class, and generation are in focus for learning about migration- and integration experiences.  Moreover, issues dealt with are, understanding migration-movement, mobility, transnationality, social and human rights associated with migration and flight and other needs for international and national protection. Also discussed in the course are various kinds of processes like segregation, rasisms and factors hindering or facilitating social integration. Moreover, the course deals with how norms, values, symbols, identity and diaspora influences ethnic relations.

Expected learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student shall:
  • Have in depth knowledge in and understanding of concepts and theories vital for the field of knowledge;
  • Have insights in phenomenom of relevancy for the course;
  • Be able to independently identify issues of relevancy for the course;
  • Ability to independently gather, analyze and apply theories in the field of knowledge;
  • Be able to critically evaluate the knowledge that the student renders, compiles and produces itself.

Required Knowledge

For students in the social work program, the requirement is that you have received a passing grade in examinations, completed and registered program courses, totaling 150 credits (semester 1-3, 90 credits, semester 4-6, 60 credits) In addition, ongoing studies at semester 6 are required.

Form of instruction

The course consists of theoretical analytical, self-reflective and applicable activities with opportunities for students' to make selections of a number of in depth profiles with relevancy for the course. Work-modes provided in the course are built on student-active engagement.  The instructor-led teaching is foremost provided through lectures and seminars. Other teaching-modes provided during the course are written assignments, group-discussions and peer-group evaluations.  . Seminars, written assignments and peer assessment are mandatory. A student who has been accepted and registered for the course has the right to teaching and guidance only during the term/academic year when he/she was and registered.

Examination modes

Examination modes
Examination takes place through the following course elements:
  1. Active participation during compulsory seminars;
  2. Fulfillment of written assignments during the course;
  3. Fulfillment of an individual written assignment (paper) at the end of the course;
  4. Peer assessment of another student´s individual written assignment.
For component 1, 2 and 4 the grades Fail (U) or Pass (G) can be awarded. For component 3 the grades awarded are Fail (U), Pass (G) or Pass with distinction (VG). A passing grade on the activities under components 1-4 above are required to receive a passing grade for the course as a whole.Completing grades for the course, are Fail (U), Pass (G) or Pass with distinction (AB). Completing grade for the course is based on the result of the individual written assignment (paper) and awarded after the completion of all compulsory course elements.

Written assignments should be in accordance with academically accepted forms and must be of a good linguistic standard.

The appointed examiner may decide to use other forms of examination if required by particular circumstances.
A student who has not received a passing grade on a test will be afforded an opportunity for re-examination.
A student who has passed examination may not be re-examined. A student who has taken two tests for a course or segment of a course, without passing, has the right to have another examiner appointed, unless special reasons exist. A written request for change of examiner is submitted to the Director of Undergraduate Education.

If the student has a certificate of special pedagogical support, the examiner has the right to decide on an adjusted form of examination.

Other regulations

The semesters and courses within the program are studied in the order indicated in the program overview.

Students have the right to apply to have a previous education or experience evaluated for transfer of credits. For more information, see:


Valid from: 2020 week 48

Ayalew Mengiste T
Refugee Protections from Below: Smuggling in the Eritrea-Ethiopia Context
The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 676(1), 57–76 : 2018 :

De Genova N.P
Migrant “illegality” and deportability in everyday life
Annual review of anthropology, 31(1), 419-447 : 2002 :

Migrants from Romania on the streets of the Scandinavian capitals
Djuve A, Friberg J, Tyldum G, Zhang H
Fafo : 2015 :
Retrieved from

Transnational migration
Faist Thomas, Fauser Margit, Reisenauer Eveline.
Cambridge : Polity : 2013. : 209 s. :
ISBN: 9780745649788
Search Album, the University Library catalogue
Reading instructions: Selected parts

Hellström Anders
Rasist? inte jag : om rasismer - en begreppsinventering
2016 : 31 s. :
ISBN: 9789186261566
Search Album, the University Library catalogue

Social mixing as a cure for negative neighbourhood effects: evidence-based policy or urban myth?
Manley David, Van Ham Maarten, Doherty Joe
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5634 : 2011 :

Critical Review of Psychological Treatments of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in refugees
Nickerson Angela, Bryant Richard A, Silove Derrick, Steel Zachary
Clinical pshycological review : 2011 : 399-417 : : 2011 :

Migration: ett hot mot välfärden? I Ålund, A., Schierup, C.-U. och Neergaard, A. (Red.) Nation i ombildning: essäer om 2000-talets Sverige. Stockholm: Boréa Bokförlag, ss. 31-77.
Schierup C-U, Scarpa S
Boréa Bokförlag, ss. 31-77. : 2018 :

Simon P
Collecting ethnic statistics in Europe: a review
Ethnic and Racial Studies, 35(8), 1366-1391 : 2012 :

Smith Linda Tuhiwai
Decolonizing methodologies : research and indigenous peoples
2nd ed. : London : Zed Books : 2012 : xv, 240 s. :
ISBN: 9781848139503
Search Album, the University Library catalogue

Homelessness among EU citizens in Sweden
Socialstyrelsen : 2013 :
Retrieved from

Kategoriernas dilemman: En kunskapsöversikt om kategorisering utifrån nationellt och etniskt ursprung i offentlig politik och forskning
Strömblad P, Myrberg G
Delegationen för Migrationsstudier : 2015 :

Invandring i medierna: Hur rapporterade svenska tidningar 2010–2015?. Delegationen för migrationsstudier
Strömbäck J, Andersson F, Nedlund E
Delegationen för migrationsstudier : 2017 :

FN:s Deklaration om mänskliga rättigheter

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
United Nations :

Descriptions of health by EU citizens begging abroad [Elektronisk resurs]
Wagman Petra, Björklund Anita, Johansson Ann, Fristedt Sofi
Taylor & Francis : 2017 :

Hatbrott med främlingsfientliga och rasistiska motiv (2017:2) [Elektronisk resurs]
Wigerfelt Berit, Wigerfelt Anders S
2017 :

Wimark T
Boendesegregation i Sverige–en översikt av det aktuella forskningsläget
Bostad 2030, rapport 5. : 2018 :

Exploring the relationship between self-awareness and students commitment and understanding of culturally responsive social work practice. Journal of ethnic & cultural diversity in social work. No. 19, pp. 34-53.
Bender Kimberly, Negi Nalini, Fowler N Dawnovise
2010 :

Impact of Immigration Detention and Temporary Protection on the Mental Health of Refugees
Steel Zachary, Silove Derrick, Brooks Robert, Momartin Shakeh, Alzuhairi Bushra, Susljika Ina
British journal of psychiatry : 2006 : 188, 58-64 : : 2006 :

Philips Deborah
Minority Ethnic Segregation, Integration and Citizenship : A European Perspective
Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies : 36 : 2 : 2010 : 209-225 : : 2010 :

O´Conell Davidson Julia
Trafficking, modern slavery and the human security agenda.Human security journal. Volume 6, spring 2008, pp. 8-15
2008 :

Ife Jim
Human rights and social work : towards rights-based practice
3rd ed. : Port Melbourne, Vic. : Cambridge University Press : 2012. : x, 356 p. :
ISBN: 9781107693876
Search Album, the University Library catalogue

Xenoracism: Towards a Critical Understanding of the Construction of Asylum Seekers and its Implications for Social Work Practice
Shepard Masocha, Simpson , Murray K
Practice : Social Work in Action : 23 :1 : 2011 : 5-18 : : 2011 :

Additional: Current, including internationally published articles in scientific journals and other materials, such as International Official Documents etc. and own information retrieval according to teachers instructions.