Migrant Transnationalism, Refugees and Diaspora (855F8)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

On this module, you’ll examine forced and voluntary international migrations through a transnational lens.

Drawing on research in migration studies, gender studies and refugee studies, we’ll introduce you to sociocultural and political dimensions of transnational connections that link migrants in the diaspora with people in the country of origins. We’ll draw on concrete empirical examples.

You’ll gain insights on:

  • the roots of transnationalism literature
  • the power of states and of political-economic contexts in shaping transnational connections
  • the effects of transnationalism on migrants’ lives and on the lives of those left behind
  • refugee diasporas and transnational engagements
  • the role of class, gender and race in these processes

You’ll be an active participant in your learning – there are many opportunities for discussion in small groups and plenary sessions.


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 2023/24. 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.