International Migration Studies in Child, Youth and Family Welfare

Campus Kuopio

Duration and credits: two weeks, 5 ECTS (with an option for 2 ECTS)
Teaching Language: English
Level: Master, Doctoral, Professional Development
Max. number of attendees:
Course coordinator: Janet Anand,
Responsible departments: Department of Social Sciences and UEF Law School
Learning outcomes: Students will engage with current interdisciplinary theories and international case stud-ies for an in-depth understanding as to the impact of migration on the rights, welfare and wellbeing, migrat-ed youth, children and families.


Topics covered include:

  • International and internal migration tends and demographics
  • The rights of the migrated child and young adult
  • International and national social policy on refugees, asylum seekers
  • Forced migration, border crossings and the impact for families on the move
  • Psychosocial impact of migration on child and youth development
  • So called left behind children
  • Gendered, transcultural and transnational experiences and identities
  • Social inclusion, integration and resettlement programs for children, youth and families
  • Cultural intelligence and communication for working with migrated families and children

The course targets the learning requirements of academics, students and professionals currently studying or working in the fields of social work, social policy, international aid, social development, community and youth work, social pedagogy and migration, social inclusion and cultural studies. This course is accredited for select-ed UEF PhD and MA programs and provides students with an excellent opportunity to study over the sum-mer break.
Modes of study: lectures, assignments, written and oral presentations
Study materials: will be provided
Evaluation criteria: Pass/Fail (grading 0-5, based on assignments)
Credit Options:
2 ECTS: Attending the lectures, and a short written assignment and in class group presentation.
5 ECTS: As above, and an additional assignment.
Assignment 1: Preparatory readings. Including the special issues of International Social Work, Volume 60, Issue 3, Themed issue: Migration, May 2017, pp. 565–765. Not assessed.
Assignment 2: Preparatory assignment. Outline a case study (relevant to your local context) illustrating the impact of migration on family lives and/or child development. Total word count 1,500 words. Assessed
Assignment 3: In Class Oral Presentations.  Small groups of students will deliver a 20-minute in class presen-tation (i.e. power point or audio-visual) critically examining the needs and rights of migrant families, children or youth. Assessed as pass/fail
Assignment 4 (optional for 5 credits only): Students are required to write a synthesis paper drawing upon their experiences and the material provided in the course. At least one key question relating to the impact of migration on families, youth or children arising from the course is to be answered in detail.  The aim of the paper is to provide a convincing argument for the overall thesis. Total word count 3000 words. Assessed
Teachers: A team of international professors in social work, demography, social policy, sociology, history and social pedagogy will deliver the program.  Guest lectures include Professor Ren Yuan, (China), Professor Manish Jha (India), Professor Janet Anand (Finland), Professor Suvianna Hakalehto (Finland), Professor Juha Hämäläinen (Finland), Professor Laura Assmuth (Finland), Adjunct Professor Paul Fryer (Finland), Professor Jopi Nyman (Finland), and Elaine Duaman (South Sudan) and others.