Migration, Rights and Governance

Module code: 953M3
Level 7 (Masters)
30 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Seminar
Assessment modes: Essay

The seductive term "crisis" describes the state of international migration today. This crisis demands action on the part of experts and it demands study so as to understand the legal and political processes these experts use to manage migration.

This module explores migration management – or governance – as well as its legal, political and ethical connotations.

You will look at global migration governance and rights, international migration trends, and at how the international community responds to refugees and displaced people using a rights-based approach. The course focuses on the use of rights language in migration management.

A large part of this module will focus on Europe – a key destinations for migrants  – and the so-called ‘migrant crisis’. You will examine the broad themes of migration governance, rights, security, solidarity and mobility, and consider them through topics such as trafficking, immigration detention, relocation, deportation and criminal conviction.

You will be asked to contribute your own knowledge, experience and personal interest in the area through a case study-style assessment that will rotate throughout the term.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the main patterns and trends in the migration policies of liberal democracies, at national, regional and international levels
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of international and regional laws and practice governing the regulation of migration
  • Demonstrate critical awareness of current problems in relation to the realisation of migrant rights at international and regional levels – i.e. of relevant human rights law mechanisms as well as the ethical and political implications of framing migrant issues as rights issues
  • Be able to evaluate the methodologies that are used to analyse migration politics and policy making
  • Demonstrate a critical awareness of the intersecting themes within migration law and politics – eg governance, rights, security, solidarity, mobility
  • Demonstrate self-direction, autonomy and communication of new insights in the planning and production of a written piece of independently researched work