Preliminary Program of Spring School

Spring School




When?                                                 03 to 07 April 2017

Where?                                                Ruhr-University Bochum, SSC 2/119

Who?                                                   M.A. + early PhD

ECTS?                                                 3 or 6

Deadline for Application:                        10 February 2017




This spring school on current migration and refugee dynamics addresses one of the most urgent societal, political and academic topics at this moment. It specifically strives at bringing together the often disconnected views and theoretical concepts in the fields of migrants’ and refugee’s trajectories and pathways along their journeys, from their country of departure to their country of arrival, through transit countries and the multiple borders they have to cross. It examines the causes, characteristics and implications of current movements, the varying experiences of migrants and the political regulations and social situations that affect them. The course offers participants:

  • Thorough knowledge on the current practical, political and theoretical challenges of current migration and refugee dynamics.
  • Engagement with various disciplinary approaches from sociology, geography international relations, humanitarian aid studies and development studies.
  • Field visit to a refugee-support organization
  • Teaching methodology promoting academic debate and writing, including a writing workshop and peer review sessions.




The spring school is open to students from all disciplines (M.A., early PhD) with a sound knowledge of English, great interest and at least a basic understanding of migration, refugee dynamics and related topics.


Preparation. There are some mandatory tasks to be completed by all students beforehand:

  • Carefully preparing the required readings that provide the ground for a fruitful discussion and are closely interlinked with the lectures.

Further, mandatory requirement for participation are the following writing exercises: two statements (1) and one short paper (2). Once accepted you receive access dates for the moodle platform where articles are provided and where you can upload your papers and statements.

  1. In order to promote in-depth discussion during the Spring School, you will prepare two statements, each reflecting one of the required readings of your own choice. For example, your statements may highlight and discuss one main idea of the text; compare an interesting argument to other literature and authors; or point to what is missing in the author’s account. Statements are half a page long (approx. 400 words) and should be uploaded to the moodle platform until 15 March 2017. Please don’t forget to note your name and a full reference of the text you chose.

  2. Different from the statements, your short paper does not only refer to one article, but relates to the overall topic of one panel. Pick up one question which especially interests you and discuss it critically. Take into account all required readings for this panel (use citations and references!). Pay attention to the structure of your paper and don’t lose the central theme: Make sure that you introduce the reader to the topic, point out your main argument, discuss it from different perspectives and sum up your paper in a concluding paragraph. The short paper has approx. 1.000 words and is uploaded to the moodle platform until 22 March 2017. This short paper will be the basis for the writing skills training during the spring school (see below).


Please note that the two statements and the short paper have to relate to different lectures so that your three writing exercises will address three different panels.


Peer-Review Process. During the Spring School, you will have the opportunity to get feedback on your short paper and to further elaborate on it. You will join a study group with 3-4 fellow students. In a guided peer-reviewing process you will comment on the papers of the other members of your study group. In the same way, you will reflect on your own draft and your peer's feedback in a constructive and trustful atmosphere. Our writing workshop will introduce you to key tools and steps for revising your paper. In this peer-review and revising process you will benefit from the lectures that will offer insights into a variety of issues relevant to our theme provided by scholars from different disciplines.




Students will receive 3 ECTS for attending the Summer School and completing the tasks listed above plus submitting a final version of their paper until 30 April 2017.


Students will receive 6 ETCS for attending the Summer School, completing the tasks listed above and developing an extended version (12-page/4000 words)of their seminar paper until 15 September 2017.




Internal Students should apply via CampusOffice (VSPL)
Students from outside RUB should apply via Mail (

Deadline for the application is 10 February 2017.

Notification of acceptance is 15 February 2017.