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DEMO3003 Migration

Module Overview

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.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Identify historical and more recent migration patterns between various parts of the world, with particular emphasis on the UK and Europe
  • Read critically the results of previous research
  • Describe and explain theories put forward for the initiation and perpetuation of migration
  • Compare and contrast spatial, demographic, economic, social and political aspects of migration in different contexts and in different population sub-groups.
  • Understand the definitions and interpretations of different measures of migration and migrants widely used in national and international statistics and research studies.
  • Analyse the impact of migration on both origin and destination countries especially in relation to economic, social, health, education and security.
  • Evaluate polices that might encourage or limit migration flows, as well as various possible scenarios of future migration
  • Present and evaluate arguments, explanations and theoretical perspectives, and discuss alternative viewpoints through written work.
  • Understand the strengths and limitations of different sources of information about internal and international migrants and migration.
  • Self-manage by combining your learning in lectures, seminar discussions and independent study

Syllabus

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

If full face-to-face teaching has not been resumed by semester 2 of academic year 2020/21, teaching will be delivered by a mixture of synchronous and asynchronous online methods. The format may include lectures, videos, discussion boards, workshops and student-led seminars. In the evolving circumstances, face-to-face teaching opportunities will be explored where feasible and in line with guidance. A range of resources will also be provided for further self-directed study. We will work with the UoS library to provide electronic copies of academic papers, books and reports. Also, direction and access to other sources of online materials.

TypeHours
Independent Study122
Teaching28
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Geist C and McManus PA (2008). Geographical mobility over the life course: Motivations and implications. Population, Space and Place. ,14 , pp. 283-303.

Castles S and Miller MJ (2009). The age of migration: International population movements in the modern world. 

Arango J (2000). Explaining migration: a critical view. International Social Science Journal. ,52 , pp. 283-296.

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 , pp. 435-464.

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 , pp. 431-466.

UNHCR (2006). The state of the world's refugees: Human displacement in the new millennium. 

Zlotnik H (1987). The concept of international migration as reflected in data collection systems. International Migration Review. ,21 , pp. 925-946.

King, R (2002). Towards a New Map of European Migration. International Journal of Population Geography. ,8 , pp. 89-106.

Raymer J and A Rogers (2007). Using Age and Spatial Flow Structures in the Indirect Estimation of Migration Streams. Demography. ,44 , pp. 199-223.

King R, Black R, Collyer M, Fielding A and Skeldon R (2010). The Atlas of Human Migration. 

Winder R (2004). Bloody foreigners: The story of immigration to Britain. 

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

There will be opportunities to evaluate your progress towards the intended learning outcomes through formative assessments. These may take various forms such as quizzes, discussion boards, student presentations and summaries. Summative assessment for the module will be made using two/three pieces of coursework. Among the types of coursework that may be used in this module are essays, reports, commentaries and briefing papers.

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Assessed written tasks  (120 minutes) 40%
Essay  (2000 words) 60%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Costs

Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Books and Stationery equipment

Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase reading texts as appropriate.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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