HIS22: Free movement: philosophy and history

Dates and times: Winter 2024, Mondays & Thursdays, 3–4 pm GMT
Apply by 30 November 2023.

Welcome to the online course on Free Movement: Philosophy and History! In this course, we will explore the philosophical, historical, and current aspects of freedom of movement in Europe. Our goal is to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of this topic and enhance your ability to form and articulate a well-informed personal viewpoint.

The course is structured into three main sections:

1. Philosophical Reflections: In this section, we will delve into the perspectives of prominent political philosophers on freedom of movement. We will analyse works by Kant, Nozick, Rawls, and Carens to comprehend the philosophical arguments supporting the freedom of movement.

2. Historical Perspectives: In this section, we will examine the historical context surrounding different instances of freedom of movement in Europe. We will explore how different events and movements have shaped this freedom of movement over time.

3. Current Issues: In this section, we will focus on current issues related to freedom of movement in Europe. We will discuss topics such as migration policies, border control, and human rights.

The course is delivered through weekly lectures and discussion sessions. Lectures last up to an hour and are conducted live every Monday at 3 pm GMT. Participants are encouraged to submit questions via email or post questions in the course forum. We also hold live discussion sessions every Thursday at 3 pm GMT where you can actively participate.

The course website provides access to readings as well as audio recordings and full transcripts of weekly lectures. Upon purchasing the course, you will receive the website’s address and password.

Winter 2024: Earned the Certificate of Achievement for the History Course "Histories of the freedom of movement in Europe" instructed by Dr Emmanuel Comte. Through 12 weeks of 1-hour lectures and 1-hour discussion seminars, with a culminating research work as final examination, honed my knowledge and skills in the subject area. URL: https://www.emmanuel-comte.eu/his22-free-movement/.


‘Very knowledgeable and professional.’Student from Vienna.

‘Emmanuel had a good approach to teaching the class. His approach was very much that of a historian, in that he would explain things in a chronological way as to make a story. Personally, I enjoyed this method.’ – American student in Florence.