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PAIR2019 Diaspora Politics in Transnational Space

Module Overview

A sample of topics addressed in this module includes: a) theoretical approaches to the subject; b) the redefinition of the notions of sovereignty, borders, citizenship, and national identity; c) the role and mobilization of diasporas as transnational political actors; d) sending and receiving states’ strategies to engage with people on the move; e) the emergence of public-private political partnerships across borders; f) the links and tensions between foreign policy and diaspora politics, and g) the record and prospects of international cooperation in this policy area. This module is also available as PAIR3028 or PAIR6033.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • Analyse and apply the main theories and concepts concerning transnational diaspora politics.
  • Critically evaluate related debates
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate related debates
  • Build on case studies across regions to access policy alternatives
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate related debates
  • Engage with ongoing discussions about political aspects of human mobility
  • Build on case studies across regions to assess policy alternatives


The syllabus presents the goals, organisation, assessment methods, schedule and reading list of the module, together with marking criteria, a summary of important dates, links to resources and the university policies.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

This module is taught through a weekly two-hour seminar involving group discussion based on required readings and questions circulated in advance, as well as lectures and student-led presentations. Student engagement, research skills, and participation in discussions and presentations are crucial to do well in the class.

Independent Study126
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Examples Include:. Book chapters Journal articles Access to online library search & blackboard Computer facilities



MethodPercentage contribution
Attendance 10%
Group presentation 20%
Group project 50%
Group project 20%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisites: PAIR1001 or PAIR1004

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