GEOG3522 - Migration and the humanitarian-development nexus


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours E

Course content

We live in an age marked by uncertainty where crises have in many ways become ‘the new normal’. This requires a different thinking on the connectivity between humanitarian and development efforts. More than 40 percent of the world’s poor live in economies affected by fragility, conflict and violence, and the same communities will be at the tail end of the worst impacts of climate change. Focusing on the humanitarian-development nexus, this course introduces current drivers, forms, and patterns of transnational and internal migration, and how migration is experienced and managed by different actors at the local, national, and global level. Key themes in the course are development and humanitarian practice, refugee and displacement policy, environmental migration, resilience, and how different forms of migration are placed in sustainable development debates. The course emphasize global relational aspects of migration and how the humanitarian-development nexus plays out with specific reference to the majority world (global south).

Key questions in the course are:

  • What are drivers and root causes of migration in different regions of the world?
  • Who are the actors involved in humanitarianism and development, and what are the ways in which these actors understand and address different forms of migration?
  • How is the forced-voluntary nexus applied in a world where conflict, environmental and health hazards, and climate change have compounded impacts on people’s lives?

Learning outcome

A student who has completed this course should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


  • have knowledge about local and global, internal and international migration processes, and in particular how migration influences and is influenced by development and humanitarian policy and practice


  • will be able to analyze practical and theoretical connections between humanitarianism and development, and how different forms of migration are embedded in sustainable development debates
  • through group activity, the students will develop the ability to communicate theories, concepts and discussions on migration themes and apply them to particular cases and situations

General competence:

  • an understanding of current debates within migration related to humanitarianism and development, and how complex crises are dealt with at the individual, group, local, national and global level

Learning methods and activities

Up to 16 hours lectures, 10 hours group work and presentations (depending on the number of students). Teaching methods include films, discussions, seminars and presentations. It is expected that compulsories and examinations must be completed in English. Exceptions must be clarified with the lecturer responsible for the course.

Compulsory assignments

  • Approved group work and seminar presentation

Further on evaluation

The compulsory assignments must be completed and approved in order to be eligible to take the exam. The examination is a 4 hour written exam (worth 100% of the final grade). Same form of examination is given when re-sitting for the exam or improving the grade. The exam is offered both in the autumn and spring semester.

Required previous knowledge

Bachelor in social science. Other relevant qualifications can be accepted upon approval by the Department of Geography.

More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Geography
  • Social Sciences
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Geography


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 E 2023-11-29 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL110 hvit sone Sluppenvegen 14 1
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 E 2024-06-06 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL310 lilla sone Sluppenvegen 14 22
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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