HIS22: Free Movement

Philosophy and History

Dates and times: Spring semester, Tuesdays 3:00–4:00 pm GMT & Fridays, 1:30–2:30 pm GMT.
Enrol by 20 January 2025 for the Spring 2025 semester.

Spring ####: Completed the Course "Free Movement: Philosophy and History" instructed by Dr Emmanuel Comte. Through 12 weeks of 1-hour lectures and 1-hour discussion seminars, culminating in research work as the final examination, honed my knowledge and skills in the subject area. URL: https://www.emmanuel-comte.eu/his22-free-movement/.

Given how big a topic immigration is in Europe, how has free movement become dominant within the continent? What is the case for free movement? We’ll dive into this together in this course!

Here’s what you’ll get from this course:
1. Philosophical Insights: We start by looking at what thinkers like Kant, Rawls, and von Mises wrote about the right to move freely.
2. Historical Cases: We review historical episodes to see how free movement in Europe has evolved. From the Middle Ages to the European Union, you’ll discover what has shaped today’s freedom of movement.
3. Today’s Challenges: Finally, we tackle current hot topics like the relationship between free movement for Europeans and controls for outsiders.
4. Put Your Learning Into Practice with a research project of your choice.

How We’ll Do It:
– Weekly online lectures to watch at your own pace, available every Tuesday at 3:00 pm GMT.
– Engaging live discussions every Friday at 1:30 pm GMT to share your thoughts and hear from others.
– A research project forming the capstone of your newfound knowledge.
– Got questions? Email them or post in our course forum on Moodle.

Who Should Join?
Whether you are a professional, a history enthusiast, a student in international relations, or just someone interested in European culture and politics, this course is for you.

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‘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.