SO468      Half Unit
International Migration and Migrant Integration

This information is for the 2016/17 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Patrick Mcgovern STC S119E


This course is compulsory on the MSc in International Migration and Public Policy. This course is available on the MSc in Political Sociology, MSc in Sociology and MSc in Sociology (Research). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Course content

Coverage of contemporary sociological perspectives on migrant integration including theories of international migration, immigration policy, labour market incorporation; welfare and social rights; 'assimilation' and social integration; multiculturalism; religion and ethnicity; and the second generation.


10 hours of lectures and 15 hours of seminars in the MT. 1 hour and 30 minutes of seminars in the ST.

Reading week: week 6.

Formative coursework

All students are expected to write two non-assessed pieces of work during the term.

Indicative reading

There is no recommended textbook. Books of a general nature that cover substantial parts of the syllabus are: S. Castles and M. J. Miller (2013) The Age of Migration (5th edn); P. Kvisto and T. Faist (2010) Beyond A Border and A. Portes (2014) Immigrant America (4th edn). A more comprehensive bibliography will be available to students taking this course.


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.

Exam will be held during the Summer Term exam session.

Student performance results

(2012/13 - 2014/15 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 34.4
Merit 51.1
Pass 13.3
Fail 1.1

Key facts

Department: Sociology

Total students 2015/16: 27

Average class size 2015/16: 14

Controlled access 2015/16: Yes

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

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