The aim of this course is to provide you with a basic understanding of the causes underlying patterns of human migration and the subsequent consequences on population change and composition. In addition, you will be taught some analytical skills so that you may do a migration study of your own.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Self-management by combining your learning in lectures, seminar discussions and independent study
- Apply basic numerical techniques to solve practical or theoretical problems
- Present and evaluate arguments, explanations and theoretical perspectives, and discussing alternative viewpoints through written work
- Critically read results of previous research
The material covers ideas from many disciplines. Migration represents movement across space, influencing and changing the environments of both the origin and destination locations (geography). It is both affected by and affects population structures and compositions (demography). Migration is often caused by individual or household decisions for gains in economic welfare (economics), whilst being encouraged, controlled, or restricted by states (political science). Migration involves motives for leaving and adaptation to new societies (social psychology), and affects social and cultural systems (sociology). These issues (and more) are included in the topics and discussions contained in this course. In particular, we will be looking at the causes and consequences of migration, major population movements in history, current trends, data and measurement, migration and the labour market, brain drain and remittances, life course motivations, social networks and ethnic population change, migration analyses, refugees and asylum seekers, and migration policies.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
|Total study time||150|
Resources & Reading list
King, R (2002). Towards a New Map of European Migration. International Journal of Population Geography, 8(2), pp. 89-106.
Raymer J and A Rogers ( (2007). Using Age and Spatial Flow Structures in the Indirect Estimation of Migration Streams. Demography,, 44(2), pp. 199-223.
Bell M, Blake M, Boyle P, Duke-Williams O, Rees P, Stillwell J and Hugo G (2002). Cross-national comparison of internal migration: Issues and measures. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A, 165(3), pp. 435-464.
Arango J (2010). Explaining migration: a critical view. International Social Science Journal, 52(165), pp. 283-296.
Zlotnik H (1987). The concept of international migration as reflected in data collection systems. International Migration Review, 21(4), pp. 925-946.
Massey DS, J Arango, G Hugo, A Kouaouci, A Pellegrino and JE Taylor. (1993). Theories of international migration: A review and appraisal.. Population and Development Review, 19(3), pp. 431-466.
Geist C and McManus PA (2008). Geographical mobility over the life course: Motivations and implications.. Population, Space and Place, 14, pp. 283-303.
King R, Black R, Collyer M, Fielding A and Skeldon R (2010). The Atlas of Human Migration. London: Earthscan.
Castles S and Miller MJ (2009). The age of migration: International population movements in the modern world. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
UNHCR (2006). The state of the world's refugees: Human displacement in the new millennium. Oxford: Oxford University Press..
Winder R (2004). Bloody foreigners: The story of immigration to Britain. London: Abacus.
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.
Repeat type: Internal & External