SA4F1      Half Unit
Migration: Population Trends and Policies

This information is for the 2016/17 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Ernestina Coast OLD M 2.24

Dr Ernestina Coast


This course is available on the MSc in African Development, MSc in Development Management, MSc in Development Studies, MSc in Gender, Development and Globalisation, MSc in Gender, Policy and Inequalities, MSc in Health, Population and Society and MSc in Population and Development. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.


Students should have basic numeracy, but the course does not require advanced mathematical knowledge. It assumes no previous knowledge of the subject.

Course content

The course deals with the inter-relationships between migration and its economic and social context. The causes of migration and its consequences are examined at national and international levels together with their policy implications. The approach of the course is comparative, both across time and between more developed and less developed societies. A wide range of topics is covered, including: sources and types of demographic data; techniques for the measurement of migration; main migration flows; macro- and microeconomic theories of migration; forced migration and migrants; demographic consequences of migration; and, international and national migration policies.


15 hours of lectures and 15 hours of seminars in the LT.

Formative coursework

Students are expected to participate actively in seminars and to submit a formative essay.

Indicative reading

Readings are mainly in the form of on-line articles. Key overview texts include: The age of migration (Castles & Miller); Migration theory: talking across disciplines (Brettell & Hollifield); Worlds in motion: understanding international migration at the end of the millennium (Massey); The migration reader : exploring politics and policies, 2006 (Anthony & Lahav); International handbook on the economics of migration (Constant & Zimmermann); Global migration and the world economy (Hatton & Williamson); Dialogues on migration policy (Giugni & Passy); Migration, immigration and social policy (Jones-Finer); Migration and development : opportunities and challenges for policymakers (Farrant); Rural-urban migration in developing countries (Lall).


Exam (75%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.
Coursework (25%) in the ST.

Coursework assignment maximum of 5 A4 pages.

Student performance results

(2012/13 - 2014/15 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 14
Merit 60
Pass 20
Fail 6

Key facts

Department: Social Policy

Total students 2015/16: 24

Average class size 2015/16: 13

Controlled access 2015/16: Yes

Lecture capture used 2015/16: Yes (LT)

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication

Course survey results

(2012/13 - 2014/15 combined)

1 = "best" score, 5 = "worst" score

The scores below are average responses.

Response rate: 83%



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