SO468      Half Unit
International Migration and Migrant Integration

This information is for the 2023/24 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Patrick McGovern STC.S110


This course is available on the MSc in International Migration and Public Policy, MSc in International Migration and Public Policy (LSE and Sciences Po), 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.

This course has a limited number of places (it is controlled access). Priority will be given to students on the MSc in International Migration and Public Policy for whom the course is an 'optional core course'. 

Places are allocated based on a written statement. As demand is typically high, this may mean that not all students who apply will be able to get a place on this course.

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.


This course is delivered through a combination of lectures, online materials and seminars totalling a minimum of 20 hours in WT, with a revision session in ST.

Reading Weeks: Students on this course will have a reading week in WT 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.


Class participation (10%) in the WT.
Online assessment (90%) in the ST.

The online assessment will be a take home exam to be taken in an 8-hour window in the spring exam period.

Key facts

Department: Sociology

Total students 2022/23: 33

Average class size 2022/23: 17

Controlled access 2022/23: Yes

Lecture capture used 2022/23: Yes (LT)

Value: Half Unit

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Personal development skills

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