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SOCI2032 Migration in a Globalising World

Module Overview

Migration has become a major political issue in Britain, the European Union and other countries such as the USA, and has been closely related to debates about ‘ethnic minorities’. However, migration is a global phenomenon – people are on the move for political, economic and personal reasons. The aim of this module is to familiarise students with the varied migrations within and across borders. Through reading case studies of migrant experiences in countries such as the UK, Europe, USA, Hong Kong, South Africa and post-communist Soviet Union students will gain an understanding of what motivates people to leave their native place permanently or temporarily. The module will also explore the political, social and cultural consequences and impacts of spatial mobility, and particularly highlight the relationship between place, power and identity.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aim of the module is to understand migration as a social process, particularly the drivers for contemporary migration and the political, social and cultural consequences of such spatial mobility.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of migration from a sociological context.
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the contemporary social and political debates concerning migration and how these debates relate to other global contexts.
  • Knowledge and understanding of how migrant experiences are influenced by structural determinants and individual agency.
  • Teamwork, critical thinking, research, oral and written communication skills.


The range of topics and themes to be covered include: Theories of Migration, Gender in Migration, Class and Ethnicity in Migration, Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Migration, Contemporary theories and debates about settlement and incorporation, Transnationalism and Identity, Challenges to conventional notions of citizenship.

Special Features


Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The module will be taught through a series of 20 lectures, and 5 fortnightly seminars. Seminars will be based around key issues raised in the module.

Independent Study130
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Knott, K. and McLoughlin, S. (2010). Diasporas: concepts, intersections, identities. 

Al-Ali and Koser. (2002). New Approaches to Migration? Transnational communities and the transformation of home. 

Ali, S. and Hartmann, D. (2015). Migration, Incorporation and Change in an Interconnected World. 

Castles, S., de Hass, H., and Miller M. (2014). The Age of Migration: International Population Movements in the Modern World. 

Audubert, Cedric D. and M. K. Doraï. (2010). Migration in a Globalised World: New Research, issues and perspectives. 

Spencer, S. (2011). The Migration Debate. 

Massey, D. et al. (1998). Worlds in Motion: Understanding International Migration at the End of the Millennium. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework  (1250 words) 30%
Coursework  (2500 words) 60%
In-seminar assessments  () 10%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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