New Migration and Social Policy

Institute of Applied Social Studies, School of Social Policy

College of Social Sciences


Code 23088

Level of study Masters Level

Credit value 20

Semester 2

Module description

This module will explore theories surrounding new migration and super-diversity in considerable depth paying particular attention to the policies and politics that shape responses to migration at European, national, regional and local levels. It will also challenge students to think critically about migration and the impact upon social policy and the provision of social welfare, and to examine reactions and responses to migration from a range of contrasting perspectives.
This module will enhance the current MA programme. In the current programme issues of new migrantion are touched upon but not addressed in any depth. Migration is a key policy area and a subject that has attracted considerable academic debate. It is critical that our MA programmes offer module options that reflect both cutting-edge academic debates as well as policy and legislative developments. Without this module we are unlikely to attract new students, particularly students who come to the University of Birmingham, located within one of the most multicultural cities in the UK, to learn about all aspects of Social Policy, including diversity and migration.

The module is likely to be of interest to students enrolled on programmes in other departments across the University e.g. Sociology, CURS. The module leader will explore ways in which the course could be promoted within other departments in order to attract students enrolled on complementary programmes.