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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.

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.

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.