GGES3020 is a multidisciplinary unit designed for students with an interest in human migration and development and the interaction between the two. The module will emphasise the importance of place and scale in its approach to these themes, although it will draw on scholarship from a variety of perspectives (including development studies, anthropology, sociology and cultural studies). The material is organised around key areas of concern from the perspective of migrants’ countries/areas of origin in the ‘Global South’. The module seeks to balance an understanding of theories of migration and development with empirical contributions. To this end, lectures are illustrated with real-life case studies while students are encouraged to do the same for their coursework. The module will draw substantially on convenor’s own research, but it will also be situated within a larger pool of relevant world-wide literature.
This is a challenging module in both content and coursework. The field of migration is diverse and encompasses a broad range of aspects. The focus of this module is on developing (lower and middle income) countries, and the impact that migration has on these societies. It does not engage with EU migration, immigration and integration in the UK, Brexit and associated migration issues.