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HIST3148 Cultures of Migration

Module Overview

In a wide geographical, chronological and disciplinary comparative framework this module explores the diverse nature of migration and cultural change. More specifically, the module analyses how migrant communities have reconstituted their identities and the linguistic and cultural forms of expression in light of their origins and their new environments.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• Introduce you to histories of migration, diasporas and cultural change. • Explore the histories of selected societies that have been shaped by migration. • Develop an understanding of cultural change, including discussion of the importance of ‘cultural inheritance’ and of ‘cultural adaptation’ to migrant or transnational groups. • Explore theoretical concepts like ‘otherness’, ‘hybridity’, ‘creolisation’ and ‘tradition’. • Develop an understanding of global history and of histories of trans-oceanic connections

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The key concepts of migration and cultural change.
  • Debates over the importance of cultural inheritance and cultural change for migrant groups and in societies shaped by migration.
  • The history of selected case studies of migration, which can include the slave trade, Irish migration, migration from the Indian subcontinent, migration from Europe to the Americas.
  • Recent developments in global, or ‘transnational’, history
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Work independently
  • Master new and unfamiliar subject material swiftly and effectively
  • Present your work and discuss it before a group
  • Analyse a range of complex primary and secondary source material
  • Produce effective written presentations in the form of essays
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Take a critical approach to key concepts and be aware that definitions are not fixed but context-specific.
  • Appreciate the merits of a comparative approach.
  • Think beyond the boundaries of established fields
  • Recognize the advantages (and disadvantages) of using theories about culture and identity to approach to histories of migration

Syllabus

In a wide geographical, chronological and disciplinary comparative framework this module explores the diverse nature of migration and cultural change. It looks at migrants’ position vis-à-vis their place of origin and their new surrounding culture and society. More specifically, the module analyses how migrant communities have reconstituted their identities and the linguistic and cultural forms of expression in light of their origins and their new environments. Emphasis is placed on exploration of the intersection of politics and culture in respect to race, nationality, ethnicity, gender and class. The module will examine a set of case studies, allowing students to apply their knowledge and understanding to a range of contexts and enabling them to work in a comparative manner.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • Weekly two-hour seminar groups Learning activities include • Individual study and research • Preparing and delivering presentations • Responding to visual and other sources provided by tutor(s) • Participating in group discussions

TypeHours
Seminar36
Preparation for scheduled sessions164
Wider reading or practice100
Total study time300

Resources & Reading list

Jana Evans Braziel and Anita Mannur (eds) (2003). Theorizing Diaspora: a reader. 

K. Kenny (2003). Diaspora and comparison: The global Irish as a case study. Journal of American History. ,90 , pp. 0.

John Hutchinson, Anthony D. Smith (eds.) (1996). Ethnicity. 

Ethnic and Racial Studies. Journal

John A. Armstrong (1976). Mobilized and Proletarian Diasporas. The American Political Science Review. ,70 , pp. 393-408.

Collection of links.

Homi K. Bhabha (1994). The Location of Culture. 

Dirk Hoerder (2002). Cultures in Contact. 

Tony Kushner and Katharine Knox (1999). Refugees in an age of genocide: global, national, and local perspectives during the Twentieth Century. 

Robin Cohen (1996). Global Diasporas: An Introduction. 

Paul Gilroy (1993). The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness. 

Jytte Klausen (2005). The Islamic Challenge: Politics and Religion in Western Europe. 

Yuri Slezkine (2004). The Jewish Century. 

Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies. Journal

Gabriel Sheffer (2003). Diaspora Politics: at home abroad. 

Stuart Hall (1997). The local and the global: Globalization and ethnicity. Dangerous Liaisons: Gender, Nation, and Postcolonial Perspectives. ,0 , pp. 173-187.

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

• Independent study and research will equip you with the subject knowledge and understanding to participate actively in the module. • Presentation of findings and participation in seminar discussion will enable you to sharpen your ideas and receive constructive feedback from tutors and other students whilst developing your oral presentational skills. • Preparing and writing the essay will enable you to further focus your ideas and understanding whilst developing your written communication skills. • Preparation for the exam will consolidate your subject knowledge and understanding and encourage the development of good note-taking practice. The exam will also enhance your time-management skills and improve your ability to work under pressure.

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (4000 words) 50%
Examination  (2 hours) 50%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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