SO468      Half Unit
International Migration and Migrant Integration

This information is for the 2019/20 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Patrick McGovern STC.S110


This course is available on the MSc in International Migration and Public Policy, MSc in Political Sociology and MSc in Sociology. 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 admissions, policy, labour market incorporation; welfare and social rights; 'assimilation' and social integration; national models of 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 Weeks: Students on this course will have a reading week in MT Week 6, in line with departmental policy.

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 (90%, duration: 2 hours) in the summer exam period.
Presentation (10%) in the MT.

Exam will be held during the Summer Term exam session.

Student performance results

(2015/16 - 2017/18 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 27
Merit 54
Pass 19
Fail 0

Key facts

Department: Sociology

Total students 2018/19: 42

Average class size 2018/19: 14

Controlled access 2018/19: No

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