Symbiosis International University Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts

Shifting Homelands: Ideology, Migration and Conflict

 Brief Overview 

Human societies are characterised with the ‘roving instinct’ and many scholar have put forth that migration is natural to humanity since this is what led to the population of the world. The ‘Out of Africa theory’ and various waves of movement into the continents along with the displacement of the Neanderthal cousins by the Anatomically Modern Humans suggests a constantly mobile community often engaged in interactions and conflicts for resources and benefits. In the contemporary and the modern world approximately 3% of the world population live away from the region that they were born in and contribute to the migratory population engaged in economic pursuits for a ‘better life’ away from their homeland. This course aims at engaging in a multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary understanding of Migration often understood and closely associated as a ‘problem’ (Castles, 2010) (in both its cause and effect) leading to conflict, violence, social transformation and change throughout history.

This course will engage in analysing the phenomena of mobility within and without (international) political and territorial borders through legal and illegal forms due to the classical push and pull factors of climate and culture to the concept of migration not as a sedentary bias but as a normal component of social relations including the determinants, assimilation and conflicts involved. 

 Course Objectives 

The course aims at analysing:

  • migration and population movement within the larger schema of Peace and Conflict Studies relating it to conflict and violence over human civilization
  • and critically examining migration within the globalization context
  • the theoretical and ideological perspectives through time to the contemporary interdisciplinary understanding of migration
  • migration within the global context of mobility, assimilation and conflict.