Module code: SOC2046

Module Overview

International migration has increasingly become a focus of attention across a range of academic disciplines as well as for politicians, policy makers and the media. Various factors - and combinations of factors - global political and economic restructuring, mobilities, conflicts, ambitions – mean more people move across international boundaries. With the increasing movement of people governments in Britain and Europe have been tightening control on the entry of migrants and making entry ever more conditional. As countries in the Global North recognise the need to recruit migrants to fill labour shortages a ‘managed migration’ approach has driven national government’s migration policy. Managed migration means an increasingly selectivity about who is allowed to cross borders. This creates highly differentiated status and rights given to the different categories of migrant.

The arrival and settlement of migrant populations in countries of destination like the UK and other European nations has meant an increasingly preoccupied with social exclusion, social cohesion and integration. The policy approaches that have developed out of these concerns are often controversial and seen a rise in the numbers of residents with insecure statuses, and emphasised divisions between migrants and citizens, and between migrants with different legal statuses. These issues, debates and policies have profound and on-going implications for processes of identity, belonging and multiculture. 


Module provider


Module Leader

EVERGETI Venetia (Sociology)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 22

Independent Learning Hours: 106

Lecture Hours: 11

Seminar Hours: 11

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

  • Key concepts and questions in migration debates

  • Traditional perspectives for understanding migration

  • New approaches to understanding migration

  • Gender perspectives and migration

  • Differentiated migration: irregular, asylum and refugee migration

  • Differentiated migration: global labour markets and demands

  • Super-diversity and migration patterns and experiences in UK contexts

  • Managing migration: national identity, cohesion, integration and community policy

  • Managing migration: criminalisation and securitisation

  • Migrant communities: changing places and complex identities

  • Migrant resources: organisations, social networks and migrating social capital






Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework 2000 WORD ESSAY 50

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to assist students in their knowledge and understanding of debates and perspectives on migration and identity politics. It enables them to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of key theoretical approaches to explaining migration motivations and the impacts of migration on migrants and countries of departure and destination. It allows the students to both have some flexibility to focus on particular areas of interest but balances this with a requirement to show ‘whole module’ learning.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • One essay 2000 word essay which focuses on material from Weeks 1-7 worth 50 per cent of module mark; deadline is in Week 8 of the module

  • A one-hour seen exam which focuses on material from Weeks 8-12 worth 50 per cent of the module mark.

Formative feedback

Students receive extensive written feedback on their essay assignment. This is intended to build their confidence in their knowledge and understanding of the material and so prepare them for the exam paper. Students are encouraged to see the module leader and discuss all aspects of their work and learning experience. 

Module aims

  • Develop knowledge and understanding of contemporary migration debates and the processes of migration and the diversity of migrant flows within a UK and a global context; 
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of current debates concerning national identity, transnational identities, ethnic diversity, cultural difference, integration, cohesion and changing local and global geographies.
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of the experiences, identities and social networks of migrants and migrant communities.
  • Consolidate and extend key academic skills and practices.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
005 Contemporary migration processes in the UK and Europe within a global context KC
006 Different theoretical perspectives to explain contemporary migration and identity formations KC
007 The range of national and transnational policy approaches to migration and identity formation KC
008 A range of key concepts including globalisation, diaspora, transnationalism, multiculture, super-diversity, community, identity, cohesion, networks, social capital KC
001 1. Access and use a range of academic and non-academic material relevant to the study of contemporary migration and identity formation KCPT
002 2. Evaluate and discuss competing theoretical approaches for understanding migration patterns KCT
003 3. Apply conceptual understanding to particular questions and issues relating to migration perspectives KCT
004 4. Select and organise appropriate material and evidence to construct argument, essay writing and referencing skills KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to reflect the programme’s key learning and teaching aims by:

  • Developing students’ in-depth understanding of migration debates and issues

  • Engendering knowledge of key theoretical conceptualisations of migration contexts and processes

  • Developing understandings of the relationship between migration processes and migration policy and practice and how this impacts upon migrant and receiving groups in countries of departure and countries of destination;

  • Developing key study skills that relate to employability and are relevant to professional practice.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lectures (1 hour per week)

  • Seminars (1 hour per week)

  • Class exercises

  • Class discussions

  • Independent study

Each session focuses on a key aspect of migration and identity formation. Sessions are split between lectures which aim to provide a broad introduction to a topic and seminars which aim to allow more in-depth discussion of key issues although interaction between lecturer and students is encouraged throughout. There will also be use of forms of media such as TV, film and radio.

Each session has one piece of primary reading which all students are expected to read. This reading provides the basis for class discussions. Additional reading is strongly encouraged too.


Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Sociology BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Criminology and Sociology BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Media, Culture and Society BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
English Literature with Sociology BA (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Politics and Sociology BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Media Studies with Film Studies BA (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.