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PAIR3028 Diaspora Politics in Transnational Space

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This course aims at introducing students to the study of international migration and the formation of diasporic communities as political actors from the perspective of transnational studies. Sessions cover the disciplinary conceptual and theoretical background, as well as specific topics such as: a) the redefinition of the notions of sovereignty, borders, citizenship, and national identity; b) the role and mobilization of diasporas as transnational political actors; c) sending and receiving states’ strategies to engage with people on the move; d) the emergence of public-private political partnerships across borders; e) the links and tensions between foreign policy and diaspora politics, and f) the record and prospects of international cooperation in this policy area. Empirical studies from all regions of the world are examined to illustrate how migrants, states, and non-state actors are contributing to the formation and transformation of transnational spaces.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Analyse and apply the main theories and concepts concerning international migration
  • Build on case studies across regions to assess policy alternatives
  • Critically evaluate migration-related debates
  • Engage with ongoing discussions about political aspects of human mobility



Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

This class will be taught through a combination of lectures and seminars. 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

Castles, Stephen and Alastair Davidson. (2000). Citizenship and Migration. Globalization and the Politics of Belonging. 

Messina, Anthony M. and Gallya Lahav (eds.) (2006). The Migration Reader. Exploring Politics and Policies.. 

Hollifield, James F. (2004). â€œThe Emerging Migration State.”. International Migration Review. ,38 , pp. 885-912.

Castles, Stephen et al. (2013). The Age of Migration. 

Vertovec, Steven. (2009). Transnationalism. 

Bauböck, Rainer (2005).  “Expansive Citizenship - Voting beyond Territory and Membership.”. Political Science and Politics. , pp. 683-687.



MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  ( words) 60%
Group project 40%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisites: PAIR1001 OR PAIR1002 OR PAIR1004 OR PAIR1005

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