Immigration and the Liberal State (L2097)

30 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

In this module, you examine why immigration has become one of the most contested issues on the political agenda of liberal states across Europe and North America.

You’ll considers how defining facets of the liberal state - representative democracy, constitutionalism, capitalism and nationhood - generate conflicting imperatives for immigration policymaking, which lead to paradoxical policies.

You will develop an understanding of the actors, institutions and norms that shape immigration politics in liberal democracies. You will also learn about recent trends in the immigration, citizenship and integration policies of immigrant-receiving countries in Europe and North America.


100%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Dissertation)

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 feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: