International Migration, Social Conflict and Public Policy

  • Summer schools
  • Department of International Relations
  • Application code SS-IR204
  • Starting 2022
  • Short course: Open
  • Location: Houghton Street, London

The course will offer a multidisciplinary approach to the topical subject of international migration, its causes and consequences, and the challenges it presents to policy makers.

Popular myths about migrants and migration will be challenged as the course addresses the highly-charged issues of immigration control and migrant integration. The role of employers, governments, and international organizations such as the European Union will be analysed as the course reviews current policy responses to immigration.

Questions examined in the course include:

  • Why has migration become one of the defining issues of the 21st century?
  • How can one explain differences in national policy responses and their limited effectiveness?
  • What role can international cooperation play in migration management?
  • Why do immigrants do particular kinds of work?
  • What are the problems of migrant integration?
  • Has multiculturalism failed as an integration model?

Session: Three
Dates: 1 August - 19 August 2022
Lecturers: Dr Eiko Thielemann and Dr Patrick McGovern


Programme details

Key facts

Level: 200 level. Read more information on levels in our FAQs

Fees:  Please see Fees and payments

Lectures: 36 hours 

Classes: 18 hours

Assessment*: One examination and one essay

Typical credit**: 3-4 credits (US) 7.5 ECTS points (EU)

*Assessment is optional

**You will need to check with your home institution

For more information on exams and credit, read Teaching and assessment


At least one introductory course in either social science (e.g. political science, international relations, sociology, economics), history or law.

Programme structure

International Migration and Immigration Management

  • Theories of Migration
  • National Policies: Economic Migration
  • National Policies: Asylum & Refugees
  • Global Policy Responses: The United Nations
  • Regional Policy Responses: The European Union
  • Bilateral Policy Responses: Migration & Development

International Migration and Migrant Integration

  • Labour market incorporation
  • The vexed problem of ‘assimilation’
  • Multiculturalism in retreat?
  • Religion and migration: inclusion or exclusion?
  • Immigration and Social Conflict

International Migration and the Ethics of Immigration

  • Cosmopolitan & Communitarian Approaches

Course outcomes

  • An understanding of why immigration has become such a dominant political issue, why it poses challenges for liberal societies and why policy-makers have struggled to effectively address them
  • An appreciation of relevant theoretical perspectives as well as empirical knowledge of the causes and consequences of international migration
  • Familiarity with the main academic and policy debates in the field of international migration and migrant integration
  • Develop informed views about the desirability and feasibility of different policy options to address the challenges of international migration


LSE’s Department of Government is home to some of the most internationally respected experts in politics and government, producing influential research that has a global impact on policy. The Department has always been able to take advantage of its prominent position within the London School of Economics and Political Science, the largest and most important European institution specialising solely in the social sciences. The Department has a strongly cosmopolitan character and alumni can be found in the world's leading political science departments, as well as in journalism, commerce, central and local government, and non-governmental organisations globally.

The 2014 Research Assessment Exercise ranked the LSE Government and International Relations Departments' joint submission first in the UK for the percentage of its research graded world leading or internationally excellent (88%). LSE also came top in the Politics and International Studies REF panel in terms of the most research publications graded “world leading” (4*); the absolute number of top-rated research outputs. LSE’s Department of Government ranked 5th in the world in the 2018 QS World University ranking for Politics and International Studies.

On this three-week intensive programme, you will engage with and learn from full-time lecturers from the LSE’s government faculty.

Reading materials

S. Castles and M. J. Miller (2013), The Age of Migration (5th edn);

P. Kivisto and T. Faist (2010), Beyond a Border: The Causes and Consequences of Contemporary Immigration;

J Hampshire (2013), The Politics of Immigration: Contradictions of the Liberal State.

*A more detailed reading list will be supplied prior to the start of the programme

**Course content, faculty and dates may be subject to change without prior notice

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