The major themes concern place, identity and migration. There will be emphasis on how migration influences and impacts place, identity and social change. The course uses local and international examples to discuss how societies are formed, accepted, maintained and contextualized as a result of interactions between people and places. Students are encouraged to think critically about how our relationships with identity and place change over time and in different spaces by using different media and literature sources. 

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student is expected to be able to:

  • define and explain central concepts within research on migration, place and identity.
  • identify and discuss the multiple meanings and perspectives that come from people-place interactions.
  • communicate and apply key geographical issues using a variety of media and academic sources.
  • critically evaluate identity, place and migration and how they are inextricably linked.


Instruction is conducted in the form of introduction, lectures, exercises, seminars and project work. 


Student performance is evaluated through testing students’ knowledge and understanding as defined by the learning outcomes. Testing of knowledge and understanding takes place via written exam and oral and written presentation of project work. 

Course facts

Course coordinator: Associate Professor Danielle Drozdzewski
Course code: KG2307
Name in English: Place, Identity and Migration
Name in Swedish: Plats, identitet och migration
Credits: 7.5 HECs
Cycle: First Cycle
Main field of study: Human geography
Language of instruction: English
Pace percentage: 100%, i.e. full-time
Delivery mode: On campus
Course start: Spring Semester (given every two years, next time in 2020)
Semester period: A
Target group: The course is offered freestanding and is also part of Human Geography II – course package Population and Migration, 30 HECs, and elective in the second semester within the Bachelor's Programme in Human Geography – Society, Environment and Global Processes, 180 HECs, and within, among others, the Bachelor's Programme in Urban and Regional Planning, 180 HECs, the Bachelor's Programme in Geography, 180 HECs, and the Bachelor's Programme in Global Development, 180 HECs.
Special eligibility requirements:  15 HECs from Introduction to Human Geography, 7.5 HECs, Population, Environment and Landscape Change, 7.5 HECs, Cities and Urban Society – Local and Global Challenges, 7.5 HECs, GIS and Spatial Analysis I, 7.5 HECs, Urban and Regional Planning – Foundations, 7.5 HECs, Urban and Regional Planning – Organization, 7.5 HECs, or 15 HECs from Human Geography I, 30 HECs. Alternatively 30 HECs from a social science or humanities main field of study or geography, or equivalent.
Selection: Higher Education Credits (up to 225)
Application: See the University course catalogue
Limitations: The course cannot be included in a degree together with another course whose content fully or partly corresponds to the content of the course.

Detailed information, including grading criteria, is provided at the course introduction and via the learning platform Athena. Syllabus, reading list and schedule are published below. When the syllabus is revised, this is done at least one month before the last application date. The reading list is usually revised before each course instance and this is done at least two months before the course starts. The schedule is available here no later than one month before the course starts, but minor schedule adjustments can be made later.