Interculturalism in Practice 3. Integration, Migration



Type of instruction




Part of degree program


Recommended in

Semester 3

Typically offered in

Autumn semester

Course description

Aim of the course

Building on the other parts of the curriculum of the Programme (e.g. multiculturalism theories, the sociology of migration, intergroup and intercultural relations …) the course specidically concentrates on such questions of social integration and migration as the relationship between immigrants and host society, acculturation strategies of ethnocultural groups and of larger society, the conditions that promote and hinder these strategies, the role of the characteristics of the sending countries. The three frequently mentioned dimensions - legal-political, socioeconomic, cultural-religious - of integration literature require the interdisciplinary approach, but at the same time due to the nature of our MA Programme, psychological and educational aspects will be more emphazised both in the theoretical and practical questions in this course.

Learning outcome, competences

  • Knowledge of multicultural theories of sociocultural contacts as well as their criticisms and practices in which these theories are successfully applied
  • Knowledge of the main reasons and most significant theories of migration
  • Knowledge and understanding of theoretical and applicational aspects of social integration and acculturation
  • Knowledge of the mechanisms of and the ways to change intergroup and intercultural relations.
  • Knowledge of the historical and cultural aspects of the relationship between majority & minority groups attitude
  • Openness to accepting the values of others and other cultures
  • Acceptance of the fact that the co-existence of cultures may lead to conflicts in every field of social life, which can be peacefully solved by mutually constructive process of pluralistic societies.
  • Seeing cultural diversity an opportunity with valuable assets that can be used for te purpose of social integration and development


  • Ability to perceive and treat the interrelations between social-cultural-economic background and social integration in a complex way.
  • Ability to put multicultural knowledge into practice, to initiate and to help realize activities and programmes promoting social integration.
  • Seeing cultural diversity an opportunity with valuable assets that can be used for te purpose of social integration and development.

Content of the course
Topics of the course 

  • Plural society
  • Acculturation strategies of specific groups
  • Larger society’s attitudes toward migrants and migration
  • Ethnocultural and national identity and their relations
  • Integration processes and policies
  • Integration in school
  • Gender and integration

Learning activities, learning methods

Interactive lectures, working in group, working with film and media, field visit, individual preparation, reading.

Learning requirements, mode of evaluation, criteria of evaluation:

  • written reflections on readings, films
  • written test
  • presentation of project plan on integration, migration

mode of evaluation: written and oral criteria of evaluation:

  • Understanding the course materials and the connection between diffent concepts
  • Ability to apply knowledge in practice


Compulsory reading list

  • Bourhis R. Y.– MontreuilA.– Barrette G.– Montaruli E. (2009): Acculturation and immigranthost community relations in multicultural settings. In Demoulin S.– Leyens J.-P. – Dovidio J. F. (Eds.): Intergroup misunderstandings: Impact of divergent social realities. Taylor & Francis, New York, NY. 39-61.
  • Deaux, K. (2006): To be an immigrant. Russell Sage Foundation.
  • Esses, V.M.– Dovidio, J.F.– Jackson, L.M.– Armstrong T.R. (2001): The immigration dilemma: the role of perceived group competition, ethnic prejudice, and national identity. In Journal of Social Issues, 57, 389-412.
  • Garcés-Mascareñas, B.– Penninx, R. (2016): Integration Processes and Policies in Europe. Springer.
  • Portés, A.– Rumbaut, R. G. (2014): Immigrant America: A Portrait. Fourth edition. University of California Press.
  • Mahalingam, R.– Haritatos, J. (2006): Cultural psychology of gender and immigration. In: Mahalingam, R. (Ed.). Cultural psychology of immigrants: An introduction. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Mahwah. New Jersey. 259-276.
  • Meer, N.– Modood T.– Zapata‐Barrero, R. (eds.) (2016): Multiculturalism and Interculturalism: Debating the dividing lines. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh. Portés, A.– Rumbaut, R. G. (2014): Immigrant America: A Portrait. Fourth edition. University of California Press.
  • Schwartz, S.J. et al. (2014): The identity dynamics of acculturtion and multiculturalism: Situating acculturation in context. Benet-Martinez, V.– Hong, Y.-Y. (2014) (eds.): The Oxford Handbook of Multicultural Identity. Oxford University Press. 57-95.
  • Suárez-Orozco, C.– Suárez-Orozco, M. M.– Todorova, I. (2009): Learning a new land: Immigrant students in American society. Harvard University Press. egyes fejezetek.
  • TÁRKI (2016) Social aspects of the 2015 migrant crisis in Hungary.