Nijmegen, Netherlands

Citizenship and Migration: Europe's 21st century Challenges

online course
when 2 August 2021 - 6 August 2021
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 250

Citizens and/or migrants?

Citizenship and migration are highly contested and politicized topics in today's Europe. Brexit, the 'migration crisis' or people dying in the Mediterranean Sea trying to reach Europe's shore highlight the importance of migration issues for public and political agendas.

In this course, we explore the interconnected fields of EU citizenship and EU migration law and policy. Equally, we critically examine the construction of the categories of 'citizen' and' migrant' with a view to understand the differences that exist between EU citizens and migrants in relation to topics such as, the possibility to physically enter or leave the EU, the right to work or seek education, the right to family reunification or the right to be treated equally. While these issues are intrinsic to Western understandings of what it means to be a citizen of a nation state, the EU dimension brings new challenges to the constitutional arrangements that legally define the relationship between people and administration within a given territory.

The course lectures explore how the introduction of EU citizenship - as a legal status capturing the relationship between nationals of the Member States and the EU - and the creation of a common policy on migration and asylum since 1999 challenge our assumptions about who is a citizen, where she belongs and what the content of citizenship is. We will equally discuss how EU's claim that it is built on and committed to democratic values, human rights, and rule of law impacts on its policies and laws in the field of migration.

An advanced introduction to citizenship and migration in the EU
After taking this course, you will be able to understand better the legal and political issues at stake in discussions concerning, for example, the attempts of Syrian refugees to reach and enter 'fortress' Europe, the role of borders in shaping practices of migration or discussions about the fundamental character of free movement of persons and the attempt to create a supranational citizenship status.

The course is part of the Centre for Migration Law's Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence programme (2018-2021) that focuses on citizenship, migration and security. The course design and delivery reflect the CMR's interdisciplinary approach to migration research that combines law with sociology, anthropology and political science.

The aim is to familiarize you with some of the most pressing issues in the field of migration law and help you develop your own perspective on how the EU should proceed in this policy field.

The course consists of interactive lectures, practical seminars and depending on the number of students an individual or a group assignment based on the issued addressed during the course.

Course leader

Dr. Sandra Mantu, Assistant Professor
Sociology of Law and Migration Law
Radboud University

Target group

• Advanced Bachelor
• Master
• PhD
• Post-doc
• Professional

The course is designed for a broad audience, namely anyone interested in questions of citizenship, migration and the European Union. Students with advanced knowledge of these issues should be aware that this is an introductory course.

Course aim

After this course you are able to:

1. Identify the challenges that EU citizenship and migration bring to core notions such as the state, membership, political community
2. Gain a basic understanding of how the EU has dealt with questions of citizenship, migration and security
3. Develop critical thinking skills to assess the existing legal framework and EU initiatives in the fields of migration and security
4. Develop presentation and analytical skills on a topic relating to citizenship/migration/security

Fee info

EUR 250: The fee includes the registration fees, course materials, access to library and IT facilities, coffee/tea, lunch, and a number of social activities.