SA4F1      Half Unit
Migration: Current Research, Critical Approaches

This information is for the 2018/19 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Isabel Shutes OLD 2.58

Prof Lucinda Platt OLD.2.25


This course is compulsory on the MSc in International Social and Public Policy (Migration). This course is available on the MSc in Global Population Health, MSc in Inequalities and Social Science, MSc in International Migration and Public Policy, MSc in International Social and Public Policy, MSc in International Social and Public Policy (Development), MSc in International Social and Public Policy (Non-Governmental Organisations) and MSc in Social Policy (Research). This course is available with permission 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 MT.

Formative coursework

Students are expected to participate actively in seminars and to prepare a group presentation, and to write a formative essay linked to their 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 LT.

Student performance results

(2014/15 - 2016/17 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 21.2
Merit 55.8
Pass 15.4
Fail 7.7

Key facts

Department: Social Policy

Total students 2017/18: 54

Average class size 2017/18: 18

Controlled access 2017/18: Yes

Lecture capture used 2017/18: 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

(2014/15 - 2016/17 combined)

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

The scores below are average responses.

Response rate: 77%



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