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PAIR3007 The Ethics and Politics of Migration

Module Overview

Migration is a topic at the centre of political concerns on scales ranging from local to global. The central question that this module addresses is this: How should transnational migration be governed? It does so by focusing on the key normative debates surrounding migration in general and specific forms of migration in particular. There are three main parts to the module: 1) The political ethics of territorial borders which addresses issues concerning the right to regulate borders 2) The political ethics of migration which addresses the ethical claims of different kinds of migration 3) The political ethics of civic boundaries which addresses access to, and forms of, civic status in relation to migration. Structured by these foci, the module will address the main positions, arguments and debates within the contemporary political theory of migration.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the main debates concerning migration.
  • Critically evaluate the major theoretical arguments proposed .
  • Deploy a range of modes of written communication.
  • Raise specific questions on seminar reading.
  • Relate the issues here to wider normative debates in political theory.

Syllabus

1) The political ethics of territorial borders which addresses issues concerning the right to regulate borders 2) The political ethics of migration which addresses the ethical claims of different kinds of migration 3) The political ethics of civic boundaries which addresses access to, and forms of, civic status in relation to migration.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

24 lectures, 5 seminars

TypeHours
Seminar5
Assessment tasks50
Guided independent study81
Lecture24
Total study time160

Resources & Reading list

Joseph Carens (2013). The Ethics of Immigration (CORE TEXTBOOK). 

Rainer Baubock. Transnational Citizenship. 

Seyla Benhabib. The Rights of Others. 

Phillip Cole. Philosophies of Exclusion. 

Brian Barry & Bob Goodin (eds.). Free Movement. 

Ruth Rubio-Marin. Immigration as Democratic Challenge. 

Matthew Gibney. The Ethics and Politics of Asylum. 

Warren Schwartz (ed.).  ustice in Immigration. 

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

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Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework  (3000 words) 50%
Coursework  (1500 words) 30%
Coursework  (1000 words) 20%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Extended Essay  ( words) 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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