Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

Migration and Integration (Aut)

Module L4081A

Module details for 2016/17.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 5

Module Outline

Growing numbers of people reside outside their countries of origin, with wide-ranging implications on their lives and their families, their home and host societies. This module will examine key questions and theoretical approaches related to the process of migration, the integration of migrants and their children in their societies of settlement, and their ongoing connections to the home communities. These aspects will be addressed in comparative perspective and illustrated with empirical studies from Western Europe and North America. Looking at the experience of documented and undocumented migrants, low-skilled and high-skilled workers, intra-European mobility and lifestyle migration, the aim of the module is to develop an appreciation for the increasing variety and complexity of migration and integration patterns. The module further aims to bring together discussions of migrants' integration at destination and their 'home'-oriented ties and practices, evaluating the possibility, benefits, and constraints of living in more than one society.

We will begin by looking at the determinants and process of migration, highlighting the role of networks in migration decisions, routes, and destinations. We will then turn to the context of reception, first looking at state responses and attempts to control migration, and second, at reactions to newcomers from the local population. After establishing the broader context of migration, we will examine patterns of integration of migrants and their children. We will first look at theoretical models and studies focused on how migrants settle and fare in their host society, from an economic and socio-cultural perspective. We will then look at more recent, transnationalist, approaches that bring migrants' home society into focus and emphasise the continuity of ties with the place of origin. Here, we will examine migrants' cross-border practices, activities, and identities, as well as how migration transforms home communities. We will conclude by asking if integration in the host society and transnational engagement are competing or compatible processes.

Module learning outcomes

Recognise and describe different economic, political, and sociocultural dimensions and implications of migration

Critically evaluate competing theoretical and methodological perspectives on migration and integration

Critically assess the relationship between integration and transnationalism in a variety of migration cases and circumstances

Apply relevant theories creatively to specific cases studies from Europe and North America

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
EssayXvac Week 1 100.00%
Unseen ExaminationSemester 1 Assessment50.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Autumn SemesterLecture1 hour111110111111
Autumn SemesterSeminar1 hour111110111111

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Dr Laura Morosanu

Convenor, Assess convenor

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