BASS Philosophy and Criminology

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Global Migration

Course unit fact file
Unit code SOCY20272
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by School of Social Sciences
Available as a free choice unit? Yes



Week Lecture Title

1. Introduction: The global movement of people, a historic overview and key concepts

2. Theoretical approaches to migration

3. Migration and mobilities: types of migration including climate migration

4. Migration, border controls and their impact

5. Gender perspectives

6. Migration, race and racism

7. Responding to migration and diversity: Assimilation, inclusion, culture and cohesion

8. Transnationalism, age and migration: Connecting and sustaining ties across borders

9. Migration in a Global world: Policy and practice with guest speaker

10. Course overview, evaluation and revision session



This course aims to equip students with an understanding of the key concepts in global migration including the causes and consequences of migration, national and international responses to migration and the diversity of migrant flows within a global context. Students will critically evaluate the theoretical perspectives that inform the sociology of migration alongside the inter-disciplinary aspects of research and scholarship in the area of Migration Studies. Students will understand and learn the theory behind migration, how and why migration has changed and gain knowledge around the motivations which prompt migration. Structurally, the governance of migration will be explored alongside the consequences and experiences of policy, such as new and dangerous migrant routes, the feminisation of migration, current crises, racism and transnational ties.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course students should be able to:

· To be able to understand and apply key concepts and theoretical arguments relating to the causes, consequences and impact of global migration.

· Be able to critically evaluate theoretical perspectives and provide evidence to support how we think about global migration, and how people engage with new or changing, environmentally induced migration and attached pressures.

· To be able to summarise, synthesise and evaluate information from a range of sources including academic and grey literature for assessment, debate and group work.

· Reflect on how these issues affect the world you live in, locally, nationally and globally.

· Acquire and demonstrate transferable skills through group work, and debates.


In addition to the above objectives, students will develop and utilise skills in presentation of ideas (in both verbal and written work) and in the use of a wide range of information resources.

Teaching and learning methods

Two hour lecture plus one hour workshop per week.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 50%
Written assignment (inc essay) 50%

· One compulsory non-assessed essay plan and annotated bibliography 

· One assessed essay worth 50% of the total mark

· One two-hour unseen examination to be taken at the end of the course worth 50% of the total mark

Feedback methods

All sociology courses include both formative feedback – which lets you know how you’re getting on and what you could do to improve – and summative feedback – which gives you a mark for your assessed work

Recommended reading

Some required readings may be made available electronically via the course website. All other readings should be available from the University Main Library. Most reading is specific to particular topics as described in the reading list below. The following more general textbooks are helpful and recommended:


De Haas, H., Castles, S., & Miller, M. J. (2022). The age of migration: International population movements in the modern world. Bloomsbury Publishing. (6th edition).

Brettell, C. B., & Hollifield, J. F (2023) Migration Theory: Talking Across Disciplines. Routledge: Oxon. (4th edition).


Key Journals

Journal articles are important for this course because they are often more up to date than books and they are more accessible. The key journals where you will find relevant articles include:

Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

Ethnic and Racial Studies

Cultural Geographies

International Migration Review

International Migration


Migration trends are often supported with data and statistics that can inform local, global and national migration patterns. Recommended websites include:

· The Migration Observatory, · IOM UN Migration

· Office for National Statistics (ONS) – Migration within the UK

· Census report

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 2
Lectures 20
Seminars 10
Independent study hours
Independent study 168

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Nafhesa Ali Unit coordinator

Additional notes

2015/15 timetable

Friday 14:00 - 17:00

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