Citizenship, International Migration and Human Rights

The details
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Sunday 17 January 2021
Friday 26 March 2021
04 March 2021


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MA L31112 Migration Studies,
MSC L31124 Migration Studies

Module description

This seminar is an introduction to major theoretical approaches and substantive issues in the current sociological thinking on citizenship, with a view on the postwar reconfigurations of the nation-state and citizenship via globalization and the expansion of transnational framework of human rights.

Substantively, the seminar explores the contemporary processes that underline the inclusions and exclusions in the body of citizenry: territorial and cultural closure of the nation, expansion of individual (human) rights and privileges, immigration and incorporation of diversity, European citizenship, globalization of economy and markets, and the transnationalization of normativity, actors, and claims for citizenship.

Module aims

The seminar aims to orient students to recent conceptualizations, and theoretical and research issues in the field. Thereby it hopes to stimulate further research on the topics to be covered in the course. No sociology background is required.

Module learning outcomes

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Module information

Please note that assessment information is currently showing for 2019-20 and will be updated in September.

Learning and teaching methods

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  • Levy, Daniel. Department of Sociology, Stony Brook State University of New York, NY, USSznaider, Natan. Department of Sociology, Academic College of Tel-Aviv-Yaffo, Israel, (2006) 'Sovereignty transformed: A sociology of human rights.', in British Journal of Sociology,. vol. 57 (4) , pp.657-676
  • Meyer, John W. (2000-06) 'Globalization: Sources and Effects on National States and Societies', in International Sociology. vol. 15 (2) , pp.233-248
  • Bloemraad, Irene. Department of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, CA, US, Korteweg, Anna. Department of Sociology, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada, Yurdakul, Gþökçe. Department of Sociology, Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland, (2008) 'Citizenship and immigration: Multiculturalism, assimilation, and challenges to the nation- state.', in Annual Review of Sociology,., pp.153-179
  • Benhabib, Seyla. (c2002) The claims of culture: equality and diversity in the global era, Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press.
  • Soysal, Yasemin Nuhoglu. (2012-03) 'Citizenship, immigration, and the European social project: rights and obligations of individuality', in The British Journal of Sociology. vol. 63 (1) , pp.1-21
  • Shachar, Ayelet. (2007) 'The Worth of Citizenship in an Unequal World', in Theoretical Inq.. vol. 8 (2007) , pp.367-3882007
  • John Torpey. (1998) 'Coming and Going: On the State Monopolization of the Legitimate "Means of Movement"', in Sociological. vol. 16 (3) , pp.239-259
  • Kate Nash. (1067) 'Between Citizenship and Human Rights', in Between Citizenship and Human Rights. vol. 43 (6) , pp.1067-1083
  • Checkel, Jeffrey T.; Katzenstein, Peter J. (©2009) European identity, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Terra, Luke; Bromley, Patricia. (2012-07) 'The Globalization of Multicultural Education in Social Science Textbooks: Cross-national Analyses, 1950–2010', in Multicultural Perspectives. vol. 14 (3) , pp.136-143
  • Joppke, Christian. Department of Anthropology and Sociology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada, (2004) 'The retreat of multiculturalism in the liberal state: Theory and policy.', in British Journal of Sociology,. vol. 55 (2) , pp.237-257
  • Wallerstein, Immanuel; Chase-Dunn, Christopher; Suter, Christian. (2016-01-29) Overcoming Global Inequalities, London: Taylor & Francis Ltd.
  • Yasemin Soysal; Simona Szakacs, 2010. (no date) Re-conceptualizing the Republic: Citizenship Education in France.
  • Marshall, T. H. (1950) Citizenship and social class: and other essays, Cambridge [Eng.]: University Press.
  • (©2017) The Oxford handbook of citizenship, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Shafir, Gershon. (c1998) The citizenship debates: a reader, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
  • SHAFIR, GERSHON; BRYSK, ALISON. (2006-07) 'The Globalization of Rights: From Citizenship to Human Rights', in Citizenship Studies. vol. 10 (3) , pp.275-287

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 Weighting
Coursework   Essay     100% 

Overall assessment

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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Carlos Gigoux Gramegna, email:
Lydia Morris
Michele Hall, Graduate Administrator, Telephone 01206 873051, Email:



External examiner

Prof Paul Stretesky
The University of Northumbria at Newcastle
Professor of Criminology
Available via Moodle
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