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SOCI6045 Development and Migration

Module Overview

The module will start by contextualising current development agendas on the basis of theories of modernisation and neo-colonialism. Subsequent to this introduction, South/North migration will be the focus: students will gain an understanding of what motivates people to leave their native place permanently or temporarily through reading case studies of migrant experiences in a range of countries. Students will familiarise themselves with sociological perspectives on migration and with varied migrations across borders. The module will then interrogate the main institutions and ideas that have generated international development policy and assess challenges to established paradigms in light of recent geo-political changes, such as the end of the Cold War and the economic rise of the BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. We will also address the micro-level by considering the ways in which development is constructed through the interaction of development ‘experts, aid personnel and the ‘recipients’ of development policies. Students will be encouraged to consider the relationships between migration and development agendas, most particularly by investigating the impact of political, economic and cultural factors on migrants’ decisions and the connections they maintain with their country of origin.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically analyse development agendas on the basis of the theoretical and conceptual frameworks considered in the module
  • Discuss the role and perspectives of different actors in the construction of development policy at the micro-level
  • Develop a critical understanding of migration from a sociological perspective.
  • Analyse migratory patterns and trajectories in light of the theoretical and conceptual frameworks considered in the module
  • Discuss the links between debates about development agendas and migration
  • Synthesise and summarise information from a variety of sources in order to produce (i) a commentary on seminar discussions and (ii) an assessed essay on a topic of your choice.
  • Demonstrate skills in group working and oral presentation.


Introduction to colonialism and neo-colonialism World War II and other Wars Theoretical perspectives & Post WWII Migrations to Europe Asylum Seekers, Human Rights Convention and Irregular Migration Transnationalism – Family remittances and strategies Transnationalism – Remittances & Development Bilateral, multilateral and non-governmental development organisations Aid professionals and other privileged migrants Climate change – Development – Migration Nexus New Donors changing Western Aid approaches

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching will take place in one two-hour session per week. The format will be seminar-based, with students provided with guided readings in advance of the session, and encouraged to engage in discussion by the seminar tutor. Students will be asked to present material. On some occasions documentaries and other audio-visuals will be used to stimulate discussion. There will be a total of 20 seminar-based contact hours and up to 20 contact hours of tutorial support.

Independent Study180
Total study time180



MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  ( words) 25%
Informal Presentation  (15 minutes) 5%
Policy Brief or Critical Assessment 70%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s)  ( words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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