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SO4295 Migration Mobilities and Integration (15 ECTS credits)

Lecturer(s): Dr Niall Gilmartin Dr David Ralph

Module Content/Outline:

Part I of the module examines the social, cultural and economic integration of migrants and their children in Europe and the United States. After an introduction to the central theoretical perspectives in the assimilation discourse, we explore the attainment of migrants in the labour market, education and socio-culturally. We examine how these integration dimensions are influenced by host country institutions, origin country social structures and how they interact.

Part II – Part 2 of the module examines key forms of contemporary international movement, migrations, mobilities and transnationalism. We begin with an overview of the main migration phases globally before moving on to explore particular aspects of contemporary migration such as intra-European mobility, high skilled migration, irregular migration and lifestyle migration. Conceptual and empirical discussions will be linked to wider social transformations including the economic downturn, globalisation and securitization after 9/11.

Learning Objectives:

Students successfully completing the module will be able to:

  • Explain and critically discuss the main theories of migration and the social integration of migrants;
  • Discuss and evaluate the links between migration, globalisation, securitization and the economy;
  • Explain, critically analyse and compare the integration of migrants across a number of dimensions, host and origin countries;
  • Critically engage and examine current empirical research and policy documents in the field of migration.

Lectures & Tutorials/ Contact hours:

One lecture and one tutorial per week.
Workload: Lectures: 22 hrs; Tutorials: 22 hrs; Exams/assignments: 22 hrs; Self-study: 284 hrs. Total: 350 hours.

Recommended Texts/ Key Reading:

  • Castles, S. and Miller, M.J. (2009) The Age of Migration: International Population Movements in the Modern World (4th ed.), Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Amelina, A., Kenneth Horvath and Bruno Meeus (eds) (2016). An Anthology of Migration and Social Transformation: European Perspectives. Springer.
  • Alba, R. and Nee, V. (2003) Remaking the American mainstream. Assimilation and contemporary immigration, Harvard University Press.
  • Heath, A., Roblon, C. and Kilpi, E. (2008) ‘The second generation in Western Europe: Education, unemployment and occupational attainment’ Annual Review of Sociology, 34: 211-235.


In Part I, students are assessed by an essay (50%) Part II is assessed through exam (50%)

Penalties for late submission: Without an authorised extension, the mark given will be lowered by one grade

Examination: 1 x 3-hour end-of-year examination