18.3. – 10.5.2019

Migration, Development and Human Rights

Migration, Development and Human Rights
Course dates: 18 March - 10 May 2019
Registration period: 21 January 2019 - 10 February 2019
Course title: Migration, development and human rights
Coordinating university: Åbo Akademi University
Coordinators: Maija Mustaniemi-Laakso (mmustani[at]abo.fi), Stephen Phillips (sphillip[at]abo.fi) and Michel Rouleau-Dick (michel.rouleau-dick[at]abo.fi).
Credits: 5 ECTS
Course level: Specialized Course

NOTE: Specialized courses require prior knowledge. Please check prerequisites below before registering.


The course aims to provide the participants with the necessary tools to understand and to discuss the interface between migration, development and human rights at the global level. The topics covered approach migration from development and human rights perspectives identifying and discussing critical issues in the contemporary international arena in terms of migration management. To this end, the course will outline and discuss the main legal instruments, actors and structures within the relevant fields; discuss some of the main causes for and impacts of migration from a development and human rights perspectives; and analyse key issues of coherence between the legal and institutional frameworks within the migration and development fields.  


The course will be structured around thematic modules, addressing inter-linkages between migration, development and human rights; the key instruments and actors operating within the migration and development fields; and the challenges in the relationship of human mobility and sustainable development. 
Learning outcomes

After the course the participants are expected to: 

  • understand and be able to discuss the main root causes for migration, such as conflict, poverty and climate change, and their links to development; 
  • understand and be able to discuss the main actors and legal instruments relevant to the migration and development fields globally;
  • be able to apply central concepts of migration, such as forced and voluntary migration, and key concepts of (human rights-based) development; and 
  • be able to critically reflect upon the mutual impact between development and migration; as well as the inter-linkages between global legal and institutional frameworks for migration and development. 
Mode of study

Web-based course. The course is built on problem-based learning methods. The course will apply the following learning methods: 


  • self-studying of online background materials (reports, articles, video and audio material); 
  • assignments

Course literature

Provided during the course.


Basic knowledge of human rights law, public international law, international migration law, international refugee law, development studies or international relations is required from the participants. A maximum of 60 students can be admitted. 

Form of assessment  

The final grade will be calculated based on the grading of the various course modules on a scale from 1-5. 

Photo Credit: European Commission DG ECHO 2013 on Flickr.

Registration for this course opens 21.1.