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TRAN6010 Transnational Movement in the Age of Globalisation

Module Overview

The module investigates transnational approaches to migration and global mobility. It combines a theoretical emphasis in the first part with one based on specific empirical case studies and methodological issues in the second.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• Develop a thorough understanding of multi-disciplinary approaches to transnational phenomena • Analyse comparative and transnational approaches to the study of population movements • Examine the theoretical trends in globalization and migration studies in historical perspective • Develop a critical understanding of research methods and empirical research issues relevant to transnational communities and networks

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • and social sciences
  • selective experiences of transnational practices, politics and communities in the 20th and 21st centuries
  • selected historical and social science theories of globalisation and transnationalism
  • Up-to-date conceptual and methods approaches to the study of transnational practices and networks
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate self-direction in study and research
  • (where appropriate) demonstrate ability to work collectively on a research project
  • deal with complex issues systematically and creatively
  • demonstrate improved ability to theorize, analyse and conceptualize issues
  • demonstrate improved ability to produce clear written and oral analysis and arguments
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Choose an appropriate research topic related to transnationalism and post-nationalism and develop a clearly-focussed research question
  • Identify and use appropriate secondary sources in transnationalism as part of independent research
  • Conduct a small research project applying a transnational perspective to a self-chosen area
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate originality in critical assessment of theoretical and analytical frameworks
  • Demonstrate and apply your understanding of how established scholarly approaches produce different kinds of interpretations of national and transnational experiences
  • Evaluate and develop critiques of research methodologies
  • Apply theoretical perspectives to specific case studies
  • Identify and evaluate critically major theoretical approaches relating to transnationalism
  • Analyse the extent to which a post-national or post-ethnic order has replaced national politics and societies


Typically the syllabus will cover: 1) Migration research in historical perspective 2) The effects of the ‘transnational turn’ in migration studies 3) Transnational perspectives of ‘culture’, ‘place’ and ‘identity’ 4) Different implications of empirical research on transnational networks 5) Conceptual and methodological issues in researching globalisation and migration You will explore these areas, and the relationships between them, using case studies from the US, Latin America, Africa and Europe. The module will thereby allow you to explore major political and social issues in colonial, metropolitan and postcolonial societies in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Special Features

• careful, critical textual analysis of written and visual materials • situates social and political issues in a transnational perspective • highlights interface between the social and political, and cultural and linguistic aspects of transnational studies • offers opportunity for enhancing research skills • offers students the chance to engage with empirical research conducted by the tutors

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • one weekly double session seminar • film screenings Learning activities include • oral presentations • group discussion • evaluation of texts and critical reading exercises • conducting research

Independent Study126
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Kiwan, N. & Meinhof, U. (2011). Cultural Globalization and Music: African Artists in Transnational Networks. 

Armbruster, H. & Meinhof, U.H. (2011). Negotiating Multicultural Europe: Borders, Networks, Neighbourhoods. 

Hannerz, U. (1996). Transnational Connections. 

Vertovec, S. (2009). Transnationalism. 

Basch, L. et al (1995). From Immigrant to Transmigrant: Theorising Transnational Migration. Anthropological Quarterly. ,68 , pp. 48-63.

Appadurai, A. (1990). Disjuncture and Difference in the Global Cultural Economy. Public Culture. ,2 , pp. 1—24.

Wimmer, A. & Glick Schiller, N. (2003). Methodological Nationalism, the Social Sciences and the Study of Migration: an Essay in Historical Epistemology. The International Migration Review. ,37 , pp. 576—610.


Assessment Strategy

During the module you will develop a research question that will form the basis of the formal assessment component of the module. For the assessed oral presentation you will present, with prior agreement from the module tutors, a research topic that will go on to form the basis for the assessed essay. The presentation should include a discussion session in which you raise questions for discussion and invite feedback on your project from students and module tutors. The research project will be written up in the form of an extended essay in which you present your study and engage with existing work in the field. Assessments designed to provide informal, on-module feedback  guidance on research project and oral presentations  discussion of written assignments (in advance and after completion)


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (4000 words) 70%
Seminar presentation  (30 minutes) 30%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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