Sociology

Migration, Identity, and Home

Module code: L4108B
Level 6
30 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework

Europeans have become increasingly mobile in recent years.

In this module, you explore how being part of the European Union affects the lives and identities of ordinary European citizens 'on the move'.

Specifically, you examine intra-European forms of mobility, tracing the experiences of different categories of EU citizens who take advantage of the 'freedom of movement' or aspire to do so, from Erasmus students and holiday makers to professionals, lower-skilled workers, and lifestyle migrants.

Drawing on migration and Europeanisation studies, you look at whether and how cross-border mobility affects Europeans' sense of identity, and engenders forms of belonging beyond the 'national'.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and critical appreciation of theoretical perspectives and key debates around different forms of migration
  • Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and critical appreciation of key debates around migrant identities
  • Evidence critical awareness of the varied privileges and insecurities that characterise different migrants’ experiences
  • Critically evaluate the impact of migration on individuals’ life trajectories, identities, and understanding of ‘home'
  • Apply relevant theories to specific cases of migration