SC982-7-AU-CO:
Migration: Theory, Concepts and Selected Issues

The details
2023/24
Sociology
Colchester Campus
Autumn
Postgraduate: Level 7
Current
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 15 December 2023
20
26 May 2023

 

Requisites for this module
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Key module for

MA L31112 Migration Studies,
MSC L31112 Migration Studies

Module description

Throughout the module, we will discuss international theories of migration and social integration, examine migration and refugee policies in a comparative perspective, the difference between statistical and taste-based discrimination, and the perpetuation of bias, how we gain an understanding of labour market integration; and the debates surrounding migration, prostitution and sex work.

Module aims

To introduce the basic theories and concepts in migration studies
To offer tools for critical engagement with the materials introduced
To develop students’ awareness of various discourses about migration in a global context
To establish the connections between migration issues and policy
To compile, review and assess the literature on migration

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

• have an overview of the interdisciplinary field of migration studies. They will develop their understanding of the diverse theories and concepts surrounding migration.
• acquire skills to critically assess the literature.
• identify and analyse the different social, economic, cultural and political dimensions of migration.
• understand the issues surrounding migration issues in national, regional and international contexts.
• critically evaluate the contribution of sociological analysis to migration issues

Module information

Expectations

The week before every seminar questions about the readings will be posted to the module forum.

You are encouraged to post to the module forum -when required- your responses to the questions about the readings or post your own questions about them.

You are expected to read the required readings before the seminar, so you can fully participate in the discussion. Also, when required you are expected to watch the films or documentaries suggested before the seminar.

To post to the module forum -when required- your responses to the questions about the readings.

You are always welcome to contact any of the lecturers delivering the seminars by email to discuss further aspects of the themes covered in the seminars.

Learning and teaching methods

Most modules at postgraduate level in Sociology are taught as a 2hr seminar. Most classes, labs and seminars will be taught face-to-face (assuming social distancing allows this). There may also be some online activities – either timetabled as a live online session or available on Moodle in the form of pre-recorded videos. You will be expected to watch this material and engage with any suggested activities before your seminar/class each week. Please note that you should be spending up to ten hours per week undertaking your own private study (reading, preparing for classes or assignments, etc.) on each of your modules (e.g. 30 hours in total for three 20--credit modules). This module SC982-7-AU will include a range of activities to help you and your teachers to check your understanding and progress. These are: Films, Documentaries and Tutorials. You are strongly encouraged to attend the classes/seminars as they provide an opportunity to talk with your class teacher and other students. The classes/seminars will be captured and available via Listen Again. However, if you want to gain the most you can from these seminars/classes it is very important that you attend and engage. Please note that the recording of seminars/classes is at the discretion of the teacher.

Bibliography

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   Report   14/12/2023  50% 
Coursework   Literature review   18/01/2024  50% 

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

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Carlos Gigoux Gramegna, email: cgigou@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Carlos Gigoux Gramegna
socpgtad@essex.ac.uk

 

Availability
Yes
Yes
Yes

External examiner

Dr Umut Erel
Open University
Senior Lecturer
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 24 hours, 24 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.

 

Further information
Sociology

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