Managing Migration: Law, Governance and Politics (815F8)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

This module provides an introduction to how migration is managed by national governments and international organisations and how political and legal processes, including human rights frameworks, shape governments' attempts to manage migration. You will develop an understanding of the theoretical frameworks and models used by researchers to explain migration policymaking, as well as an empirical knowledge of the main patterns and trends in migration policies. A recurring theme of the module is how liberal states exhibit both inclusionary and exclusionary tendencies towards migrants and how these apparent contradictions can be understood. The module focuses on Europe, though examples from other OECD countries will also be considered.

Our Weekly topics are:

  1. Introduction: migration to Europe
  2. Migration policy and the liberal state
  3. The politics of closure: public opinion and party politics
  4. The politics of openness: interest groups and institutions
  5. Migration governance in liberal democracies
  6. Migration governance beyond the state
  7. The human rights of migrants (European)
  8. The human rights of migrants (International)
  9. Citizenship policies and politics
  10. The rise of assimilation?: Integration policies and politics
  11. Migrants and the developing minority rights framework
  12. The ethics of immigration and integration

The module objectives are:

  • To develop knowledge of the main trends in migration policies in Europe, including immigration, citizenship and integration policies.
  • To develop an understanding of how domestic and international political processes shape migration policies and practices.
  • To develop an understanding of the European and international legal framework for migrants' rights.


33%: Lecture
67%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 267 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.