Immigration and Citizenship in Western Europe

Final year module

Lecturer: Gemma Loomes

By the end of the module the student should be able to: Differentiate between different types of and reasons for immigration; Understand issues such as political asylum, integration, citizenship and naturalisation; Apply their theoretical understanding of immigration and citizenship to analyse and compare Britain, France and Germany; Contextualise and analyse the nascent European immigration regime.

Learning outcomes

The module will examine the issues surrounding immigration and citizenship in western Europe today. 

It has three key aims: 

  • To introduce students to current issues of immigration 
  • To enable students to develop differentiated analysis of such concepts as asylum, integration and citizenship 
  • To identify and analyse the political responses to immigration at both national and supranational levels The module will first consider types of and norms of immigration and citizenship, and then examine their implementation in three European states (Britain, France and Germany). The module will also examine political reactions to immigration and the emergence of the EU’s supranational immigration regime. 


  • 1 x 3000 word assessed essay 40% 
  • 1 x 4000 word assessed essay 50% 
  • Presentation 10%