MIGRATION AND THE POLITICS OF IDENTITY - 2023/4
Module code: SOC2046
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.
EVERGETI Venetia (Sociology)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 5
JACs code: L330
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Overall student workload
Independent Learning Hours: 106
Lecture Hours: 11
Seminar Hours: 11
Guided Learning: 11
Captured Content: 11
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
- 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 type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||ANALYSIS OF A MEDIA ARTICLE||50|
|Coursework||2000 WORD ESSAY||50|
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:
- A media article analysis worth 50% of the overall mark. The aim of this critical analysis is to show the students’ understanding of traditional and contemporary migration theories, whilst linking these to current developments and media stories on migration, diversity and cultural difference.
- An essay, worth 50% of the overall mark. The aim of this essay is to substantively engage with an aspect of contemporary migration and identity politics from topics covered in the later part of the module. Students are expected to provide an overview of the relevant issues and concerns and develop an argument in relation to the essay question, by making reference to key debates learnt in class and by applying a framework that refers to core academic literature.
Students receive extensive feedback throughout the semester through interactive in-class activities and during consultation and feedback office hours. They also receive extensive written feedback on the media article analysis. This is intended to build their confidence in their knowledge and understanding of the material and so prepare them for the second assignment. Students are encouraged to see the module leader and discuss all aspects of their work and learning experience.
- 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.
|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|
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, Seminars (including class exercises and interactive discussions), captured content, guided learning activities and 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.
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Programmes this module appears in
|Media and Communication 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|
|Sociology BSc (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|
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 2023/4 academic year.