This course seeks to examine a wide range of issues related to changing patterns of international migration since 1945. It considers both the responses of nation-states to new forms of migration, and actor-centred approaches to understanding population mobility with a focus on the agency of different migrant groups. Although the module will be theoretically informed, stress will be placed upon the importance of understanding specific empirical examples. A central question concerns the relationship between migrant groups, the nation-state, and global capitalism. Attempts will be made to integrate examples from both ‘sender’ and ‘receiver’ countries, emphasising the global migration system. Key themes of this course will include the relationship between spatial distance and social forms, cosmopolitan identities, multiculturalism, social segregation, transnationalism, internationalisation of education, citizenship, the transformation of gender relations and transnational family strategies.