Department of European Studies & Modern Languages, Unit Catalogue 2008/09
EU50605 The politics of migration
| Credits: 6 |
| Semester: 2|
|Assessment: CW 100%|
Aims: The units aims:
* To identify the main theoretical concepts adopted to analyse migration.
* To study the ways in which migration to Europe is managed politically.
* To explore the extent to which migration poses challenges to the concept of the nation-state.
On completion of this unit, students will:
* be familiar with the development of migration theory;
* be familiar with concepts related to transnationalism and diaspora;
* understand how the political management of migration by both sending and receiving countries impacts on varied (political, social, cultural) dimensions of the immigration process in Europe.
The key skills the unit will hone and further develop are:
* Advanced research skills in identifying, locating and exploiting a wide range of descriptive, evaluative and theoretical literature.
* Intellectual skills of conceptual, original and independent thinking, critical analysis, synthesis and reasoned argument.
* Skills of assessment and judgement in relation to the soundness of competing arguments and scenarios, including the reporting and assessing of qualitative and quantitative data.
* Generic and transferable skills related to the oral and written presentation of ideas.
* Skills of self-direction, self-evaluation and time management.
Migration theory; globalisation and international migration; the country of origin context; undocumented migration; the management of migration; replacement migration; migration and the formation of diasporas; ethnic minorities and political transnationalism; immigration and political parties; transnational households; securitisation of migration policy in the EU.