SO489      Half Unit
Family and Migration

This information is for the 2017/18 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Ursula Henz STC.S100B


This course is available on the MSc in International Migration and Public Policy and MSc in Sociology. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Course content

The course examines the family life, family patterns and family relationships of contemporary migrant families in Great Britain and other societies. It applies three perspectives to migrant families: diversity, integration and transnationality. It examines variations in family life, patterns and relationships in migrant families; particular challenges that are associated with the migration of a family to a new country as well as transformations of family roles and intimacy in transnational families. After an overview over family forms in different cultures, the course explores selected substantive topics. Indicative topics are: migrant children and children left behind; marriage migration and transnational marriages; intermarriage and fertility as indicators of migrant integration; the roles of mother and father in immigrant and transnational families; migrant families and family care.


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

Reading week in Week 6.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce 1 essay in the LT.

Indicative reading

Kraler, Kofman, Kohli & Schmoll (eds.) (2011) Gender, Generations and the Family in International Migration;

Baldassar & Baldock (2007) Families Caring Across Borders: Migration, Ageing and Transnational Caregiving

Beck & Beck-Gernsheim (2014): Distant Love;

Ehrenreich & Hochschild (2004): Global Woman: Nannies, Maids, and Sex Workers in the New Economy;

Dreby (2010): Divided by Borders. Mexican Migrants and Their Children;

Foner (2009) Across Generations: Immigrant Families in America;

Madianou & Miller (2011): Migration and New Media: Transnational Families and Polymedia;

Parreñas (2005): Children of Global Migration;.

Portes & Rumbaut (2001) Legacies: The Story of the Immigrant Second Generation


Essay (80%, 4000 words) in the ST.
Class participation (20%).

Two hard copies of the assessed essay, with submission sheets attached to each, to be handed in to the Administration Office, S116, no later than 16:30 on the Wednesday of Week 2 in ST. An additional copy to be uploaded to Moodle no later than 18:00 on the same day.

Key facts

Department: Sociology

Total students 2016/17: 19

Average class size 2016/17: 20

Controlled access 2016/17: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

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