Migration, Politics and International Development

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Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Monday 13 January 2025
Friday 21 March 2025
23 April 2024


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Module description

International migration is at the forefront of academic and policy discussions. This module introduces students to the multiple dimensions of human development linked to international migration.

We will discuss the determinants and dynamics of international migration and its economic and social effects on both sending and receiving countries. It introduces students to key policies and governance schemes designed to reap the developmental benefits of international migration with the aim of reducing poverty and inequality. It concludes by examining salient narratives of international migration, how they are linked to the rise of anti-immigrant attitudes, social inequality and exclusion.

Module aims

The module aims to give students:

1. An introduction to theories on migration (i.e. migration decisions and dynamics)
2. An overview of migration and development linkages in both origin and destination countries.
3. An understanding of the politics and policies associated with migration

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module students will have:

1. A detailed understanding of the key concepts, definitions and measures of migration and development
2. A critical awareness of migration politics and policies
3. The ability to critically evaluate development policies and programmes associated with migration.

Module information

Week 16: Introduction to international migration and development
Week 17: Theories of international migration
Week 18: Emigration and development I
Week 19: Emigration and development II
Week 20: Development interventions and foreign aid
Week 21: Immigration and development
Week 22: Immigration policies
Week 23: Anti-immigrant attitudes and inequality
Week 24: Forced migration and international development
Week 25: Conclusion

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered with a weekly two-hour interactive seminar session. Each session will consist of a series of short presentations by the lecturer, followed by class discussions or group exercises related to the assigned readings. Students are expected to do the readings before class and be prepared to engage in discussion.


The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   In Class Quiz    30% 
Coursework   Idea and literature review for concept note    30% 
Coursework   Concept note for a development program    40% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Miranda Simon, email: miranda.simon@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Miranda Simon
Please contact govpgquery@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

Dr Kyriaki Nanou
Durham University
Associate Professor in European politics
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information

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