Culture, Identity and Politics


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module


The objective of the module is to provide students with knowledge of theoretical and methodological discussions within the themes of culture, identity and politics in the context of refugees and migration. The module will link the more general theoretical analyses within the three fields with a specific analysis of refugees and migrants, both while they are on the move and when they arrive. The students’ ability to reflect upon methodology and progress in their problem based learning process will be included in the assessment.



The module includes themes within:

  • Culture and identity issues of refugees and migrants - also from a political perspective.
  • Cultural and identity-related analyses of the strategies refugees use as a group and to identify themselves politically and in relation to other groups.

Learning objectives


  • possess knowledge of the theoretical and methodological tools within the research areas of culture, identity and politics in relation to forced migration and can reflect on these on a scientific basis
  • possess in-depth knowledge of the analytical perspectives in the discussion of the three fields in an interdisciplinary context.


  • can apply their knowledge within the module’s subject areas to select theories that serve the analytical purpose and at the same time remain critical to these theories.
  • can analyse, interpret and contextualise forced migration from an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective.


  • can reflect and argue on the basis of scientific knowledge
  • can reflect critically on the use of culture and identity in the analysis of forced migration.

Type of instruction

The module consists of lectures and seminars, possibly with exercises and student contributions.



The module shares exams with

Facts about the module

Danish titleCulture, Identity and Politics
Module codeGRS013
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of International Affairs
DepartmentDepartment of Politics and Society
FacultyThe Faculty of Social Sciences