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Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies, Unit Catalogue 2011/12


PL50605: The politics of migration

Click here for further information Credits: 6
Click here for further information Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Click here for further information Period: Semester 2
Click here for further information Assessment: CW 100%
Click here for further information Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
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Click here for further information Description: Aims:
The units aims:
* To identify the main theoretical concepts adopted to analyse migration and ethnicity;
* To study the ways in which migration is managed politically;
* To explore contemporary debates around citizenship and integration and the changing nature of migrant experiences.

Learning Outcomes:
Students who complete this unit successfully will be able to demonstrate:
* A clear grasp of major theoretical approaches used in Migration studies;
* A deep understanding of the difference between these major theoretical approaches and their research-relevant implications;
* An ability to critically evaluate the usefulness of these approaches in relation to the study of contemporary migratory flows;
* Skills to analyse and compare the major theoretical approaches and concepts as they apply to the study of contemporary migration issues.

Skills:
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.

Content:
Theorising the causes of different types of migration; globalisation, transnationalism and migrant relations with sending countries; impact of migration on sending countries (does migration promote development?); policies of receiving countries towards labour migrants, relatives and asylum seekers; the feasiblity/desirability of immigration control; integration dilemmas and outcomes; the backlash against `multiculturalism┬┐ and the rise of anti-immigration parties in Europe; social inequality among migrants with reference to gender, social class, etc.; circular and return migration; comparing international and internal migration (China, Russia, Sudan).
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PL50605 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
  • THPL-AFM11 : MA Contemporary European Politics (Full-time)
  • THPL-AFM16 : MA Contemporary European Studies: Politics Policy and Society (Full-time)
  • THPL-AFM17 : MA Contemporary European Studies (with transatlantic track) (Full-time)
  • THPL-AFM14 : MA International Politics (Full-time)
  • THPL-AFM15 : MA International Security (Full-time)
  • THXX-AFM50 : MRes Politics and International Studies (Full-time)
  • THXX-AFM51 : MRes Politics and International Studies (Full-time)
  • THPL-AFL11 : PG Dip Contemporary European Politics (Full-time)
  • THPL-AFL14 : PG Dip International Politics (Full-time)
  • THPL-AFL16 : PG Dip International Security (Full-time)
Department of Social & Policy Sciences
NB. Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.