Not available in 2019/20
SO489      Half Unit
Family and Migration

This information is for the 2019/20 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, transnational marriages; and intermarriage; 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


Take home exam (90%) and class participation (10%) in the ST.

Take home exam (2 questions, 90%) in the ST.

Class participation (10%).

Key facts

Department: Sociology

Total students 2018/19: 24

Average class size 2018/19: 12

Controlled access 2018/19: 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