SA4F1      Half Unit
Migration: Current Research, Critical Approaches

This information is for the 2017/18 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Isabel Shutes OLD 2.58

Prof Lucinda Platt OLD.2.25


This course is available on the MSc in Global Population Health, MSc in Health and International Development, MSc in Inequalities and Social Science, MSc in International Migration and Public Policy, MSc in Population and Development, MSc in Social Policy (European and Comparative Social Policy), MSc in Social Policy (Research), MSc in Social Policy (Social Policy and Planning), MSc in Social Policy and Development and MSc in Social Policy and Development: Non-Governmental Organisations. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Course content

This interdisciplinary course addresses contemporary global migration issues with reference to both developing and developed country contexts; international migration patterns and forms of migration; migration and inequalities; migration, transnationalism and the transformation of welfare systems. Teaching across the course integrates critical theoretical approaches to migration with applications using different migration-related research methods.

Course outline: Global migration trends and processes; Defining migrants and migration; Citizenship, migration policies and the unequal movement of people; Migration motivations, types and processes; Gender and migration; Researching migration; Migration, transnationalism and welfare; The impacts of migration; What does migration mean for social and public policy.



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

Formative coursework

Students are expected to participate actively in seminars and to prepare a group presentation, linked to one written assignment.

Indicative reading

Readings across the course include: Castles, de Haas & Miller (2013) The Age of Migration; Shachar (2009) The Birthright Lottery: Citizenship and Global Inequality; Luthra, Platt & Salamonska (2016) "Types of Migration: The Motivations, Composition and Early Integration Patterns of 'New Migrants' in Europe", International Migration Review; Piper (ed) (2008) New Perspectives on Gender and Migration: Livelihood, Rights and Entitlements; Faist, Bilecen, Barglowski & Sienkiewicz (2015) "Transnational Social Protection: Migrants' Strategies and Patterns of Inequalities", Population, Space and Place, 21, 193-202; FitzGerald (2012) "A Comparativist Manifesto for International Migration Studies" Ethnic and Racial Studies, 35: 10, 1725-1740; De Genova (2002) "Migrant 'Illegality' and Deportability in Everyday Life", Annual Review of Anthropology, 31, 419-47.


Coursework (100%) in the ST.

Student performance results

(2013/14 - 2015/16 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 21.3
Merit 55.7
Pass 18
Fail 4.9

Key facts

Department: Social Policy

Total students 2016/17: 15

Average class size 2016/17: 15

Controlled access 2016/17: Yes

Lecture capture used 2016/17: 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

(2013/14 - 2015/16 combined)

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

The scores below are average responses.

Response rate: 100%



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