Migration, Identity, and Home (L4108A)

30 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

Migration has profound implications on individuals’ life course, social relations, understanding of ‘home’ and sense of belonging. How does migration shape individuals’ aspirations and future plans? How does it transform the life trajectories and self-understanding of privileged movers versus vulnerable ones? What happens to those who return home, or those whose new home abroad is endangered by changing political circumstances, personal matters, or anti-migrant sentiments? How do those whose work involves permanent travelling make sense of their identities?

These are some of the questions we explore in this module, tracing the experiences of different types of movers, from travelling professionals to precarious workers, lifestyle and retirement migrants, international students and other mobile youth, European ‘free movers’, ‘onward’ migrants or ‘returnees’.

In each context, we pay particular attention to three related aspects: 1) how migrants’ life trajectories unfold (for example, changes and transitions related to education, work, family status, and personal development more generally), 2) how identities are reconfigured post-migration (in relation to nation, class, age, gender or legal status), and 3) how migrants define ‘home’ and settlement. We bring together literature developed within the field of migration studies, youth transitions to ‘adulthood’, and social identities, and seek to uncover the varied privileges and insecurities of cross-border mobility and transnational living.


33%: Lecture
67%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 30 hours of contact time and about 270 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: