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LANG6024 Transnational Movement in the Age of Globalisation

Module Overview

The module investigates transnational approaches to migration and global mobility. It combines a theoretical emphasis in the first part with one based on specific empirical case studies and methodological issues in the second.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • advanced conceptualisations, theories and debates around globalisation, migration, identity and culture
  • a broad range of high-level conceptual and methodological approaches to the study of transnational practices and networks, from a range of disciplines
  • how culture manifests and is disseminated through global exchange and encounter, at an advanced level
  • working and thinking globally and across cultures, at an advanced level
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • evaluate advanced theoretical approaches to migration, identity, globalisation and the transnational
  • communicate a high-level academic argument in written and oral form
  • demonstrate confidence and skill when engaging in high-level academic discussion and debate
  • interpret and reflect critically, at an advanced level, on a range of global case studies
  • employ social theory in high-level analysis of social trends
  • demonstrate and apply your understanding of how established scholarly approaches produce different kinds of interpretations of national and transnational experiences, to an advanced level
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • communicate complex, advanced ideas and arguments in an essay format
  • communicate advanced, complex ideas and arguments orally
  • identify, select and draw upon a wide range of printed and electronic sources
  • reach an advanced level of global and cultural awareness
  • manage deadlines and make effective use of your time
  • engage in advanced debate around complex, high-level ideas and theories
  • engage in high-level analysis of case studies and arguments


Typically the syllabus will cover: – migration research in historical perspective – the effects of the 'transnational turn' in miragtion studies – transnational perspectives on 'culture,' 'place' and 'identity' – the different implications of empirical research on transnational networks – conceptual and methodological issues in researching globalisation and migration You will explore these areas, and the relationships between them, using case studies from the USA, Latin America, Africa and Europe. The module will thereby allow you to explore major political and social issues in colonial, metropolitan and postcolonial societies in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, seminars and individual tutorials, alongside in-depth independent study.

Guided independent study126
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Brubaker, Rogers (2004). Ethnicity without Groups. 

M. Martinello & J. Rath, eds (2010). Selected Studies in International Migration and Immigrant Incorporation. 

Vertovec, Steven (2009). Transnationalism. 

Wimmer, A., and Glick Schiller, N. (2003). Methodological nationalism, the social sciences and the study of migration: an essay in historical epistemology. International Migration Review. ,37 , pp. 576-610.

Armbruster, Heidi and Ulrike Meinhof (2011). Negotiating Multicultural Europe: Borders, Networks, Neighbourhoods. 

Smith, Robert Courtney. Mexican New York: Transnational Lives of New Immigrants. 

Lundstrom, C. (2014). White Migrations: Gender, Whiteness and Privilege in Transnational Migration. 

Appadurai, Arjun (1990). Disjuncture and difference in the global cultural economy. Public Culture. ,2 , pp. 1-24.

Basch, Linda & Nina G. Schiller (1995). From Immigrant to Transmigrant: Theorising Transnational Migration. Anthropological Quarterly. ,68 , pp. 48-63.



MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (4000 words) 70%
Individual Presentation  ( minutes) 30%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (4000 words) 70%
Individual Presentation  ( minutes) 30%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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