Ethnicity & Migration

Department of Political Science and International Studies, School of Government and Society

College of Social Sciences


Code 23486

Level of study Third/Final year

Credit value 20

Semester 1+2

Pre-requisite modules Where students take this course as a 10 credit unit they will be expected to undertake self directed study of the material not covered from the readin

Module description

Migration and issues of ethnic and national belonging are currently generating intense national, political discourses across Europe and the UK. Media and popular cultural texts are engaged in major debates concerning international migration. In this context, these issues are provoking pervasive feelings of increased anxiety, risk and dislocation, within a context of rapid social and cultural transformations. This module will examine sociological research perspectives that explore issues of ethnicity and international migration. The first part of the module is a diachronic analysis of international migration which sets out to explore in detail the major historical migration of countries of south into Western Europe. The aims of the module here are to offer a comparative and comprehensive exploration of international migration, decolonisation and globalisation. This module will aid students to comprehend the complexity of history and to address the question of human movement in relation to that history. The second part of the module is a synchronic analysis which will address the contemporary issues in ethnicity and migration such as: the relationship between ethnicity and migration; migration theories; the duality and ambivalence of the colonial experience; the competing discourses of nationalism and trans-nationalism; labour, legal status and the achievement of citizenship; citizenship tests and statutory support; functional integration and social integration; return investments and remittances; gender and migration; religion and migration, asylum-seekers and refugees; and media representations. The module provides students with depth and scope in the analysis of central aspects of international migration and ethnicity and provides them with the tools to discuss competently these current issues.

Teaching and learning methods

These courses are taught by a combination of lectures, classes and directed reading.

This module is available as:
Autumn term only 10 credit unit – 3,000 word assessed essay
Spring term only 10 credit unit – 3,000 word assessed essay
Whole Year 20 credit unit – 4,000 word summative essay (50%), plus 3 hour examination (50%)