Undergraduate course

Theories about Development and Migration

Level of Study


Teaching semester


Objectives and Content


This course addresses present migration processes in a global development perspective. The course aims at providing insight into theoretical perspectives on the interconnection between uneven development and migration in a globalized world.


The course examines how global flows of capital, resources, ideas and people shape uneven development in the world. The course gives an introduction to classic and modern development theories, including post-development, and central migration theories. There is a special emphasis on theoretical approaches which aim at explaining the geographically uneven distribution of development and the processes which reinforce or alter such inequalities. Migration may well be regarded as micro-adaptation to global development processes and transformations, while at the same time it contributes to shaping the global world. The course emphasises theories which do not focus one-sidedly on integration in the host society or on effects in the sender community, but which look upon migration as an integrated process.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student

  • can provide a basic overview of some central development theories and be able to critically assess their contribution to the understanding of processes that reinforce or change development patterns.
  • can explain and critically asses central theories of migration and has a thorough insight into how migration is caused by both local and global conditions.
  • can discuss current issues as poverty, ethnic conflicts, lack of resources, migration, transnational networks and remittance investments in a theoretical framework, and analyse relations among such phenomena.


The student

  • can participate in a group discussion.
  • can write a short essay referring to relevant literature.
  • is capable of using relevant theory to analyse an empirical case.

General knowledge

The student

  • has acquired theoretical knowledge and insight on development and migration issues that are relevant when discussing current global problems in society and as a foundation for further studies.

Required Previous Knowledge

Basic knowledge about migration and modern development theory.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

GEO115, GEO121 and GEO131

Teaching and learning methods

1 lecture á 2 hours pr. week.

Total: 12 lectures

1 seminar á 2 hours pr. week.

Total: 1 seminar

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Approved semester paper, about 4 pages.

Forms of Assessment

5 hour written exam

Grading Scale

Grading A-F

Subject Overlap

Taken together with GEO338 will result in 5 ects credit reduction.

Assessment Semester


Course Evaluation

GEO231 will be evaluated minimum every third semester.


Contact Information

Department of Geography


Exam information

  • For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam. The exam location will be published 14 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    02.05.2018, 09:00
    5 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam