HIS22: Histories of the freedom of movement in Europe

Dates and times: Summer 2023, Mondays & Thursdays, 3–4 pm GMT
Enrol by 31 May 2023.

Spring 2023: 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-freedom-of-movement/.

Course description: The course offers an in-depth analysis of the philosophical, historical, and current aspects of freedom of movement in Europe. It is structured into three main sections. In the first section, focused on philosophical reflections, learners will delve into the perspectives of prominent political philosophers on freedom of movement. They will analyse works by Kant, Nozick, Rawls, Carens, and McAdam to comprehend the philosophical arguments supporting the freedom of movement. In the second section, examining freedom of movement in European history, learners will investigate the freedom of movement in medieval Europe and early modern migration systems. They will acquire a more profound understanding of the freedom of movement prior to or at the inception of the modern state. In the final section, learners will study the freedom of movement within the European Union and the notion of transnational citizenship. They will comprehend the conditions and consequences of freedom of movement in the modern European context. Through lectures, readings, and discussions, learners will obtain a complete understanding of the various facets of the freedom of movement in Europe and beyond. They will also enhance their ability to find, organise, and utilise new sources and to form and articulate a well-informed personal viewpoint.

Prerequisite: To enrol in this course, you must either have earned the certificate of achievement for HIS11 ‘Europe since 1945’ on emmanuel-comte.eu or show equivalent attainment.


‘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.