Global Capitalism and Migration

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

Final year module

Lecturer: Dr Deema Kaneff

'Global Capitalism and Migration' focuses on neoliberalism as the driving force behind contemporary global processes and the impact of these processes on Europe. In the first semester the focus is on neoliberal policies - their nature and effects - and on the resultant changing balance of power between 'the market' and 'the state'. In this global reconfiguration of power and wealth, sites of production have been shifted across borders to more 'peripheral' locations, often outside Europe, thus resulting in the movement of people in the reverse direction, that is, to and within the European continent. The second semester looks at such mobility as a key response to neoliberal reforms.

While the two semesters can be treated as separate topics – one on neoliberalism and the other on migration – they are also complementary themes which constitute one module that explores fundamental dimensions of global capitalism and some of the crucial ways in which it has changed the face of contemporary Europe.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a critical awareness of the basic aspects of neoliberalism as a set of policies that has changed the balance of power between the market and state with all the implications this has for society;
  • Develop a critical appreciate of contemporary migration processes and their social, political and economic impact on society;
  • Evaluate the nature of the interconnectedness between neoliberal policies and transnational migration as 2 interlocking and fundamental aspects of global capitalism;
  • To develop an ability to think critically about contemporary social processes that shape present day Europe.  


  • Term One/Two: Presentation (10%)
  • Term One: 1 x 3,000 assessed work (50%)
  • Term Two: 1 x 2,000 assessed work (40%)

Related courses:

The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2018. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.