Immigration Law - LW648

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn
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6 15 (7.5) MR R Warren




Not available if already taken LW572.



The module will provide an introduction to immigration law in the United Kingdom. It covers key concepts; the development of the field of law viewed in historical and political context; questions of nationality and the system of immigration control and enforcement. It also considers how EU law and human rights standards impact(ed) UK law governing immigration. In particular, the course covers: The Immigration Debate in the UK: Are Immigration restrictions justified?; The Evolution of Migration Law and Policy in Britain; an appreciation and understanding of the subjects to Immigration Control; the multiple sources of Immigration Law; the case of Long-term Residence Rights; the matter of Family Migration; an outline of Labour Migration; relevant aspects of EU Migration and Free Movement; case studies on Detention and Deportation; as well as an appreciation of the Appeals Process and Judicial Review. Drawing on a range of contextual accounts, policy documents, case law and critical analysis of developments at the national, regional and to a more limited extent the international level, the module enables students to acquire both sound knowledge of the law and critical awareness of the biases, gaps and challenges in the current immigration system.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

20 hours.

Method of assessment

100% coursework consisting of an essay.

Indicative reading

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate a detailed introductory knowledge and understanding of the national and international sources of UK Immigration law;
2. Demonstrate a critical awareness of the history and theory of regulating key categories of migrant subjects in the UK;
3. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the regulation of migrant subjects to the UK;
4. Critically reflect on key aspects of the intersection of national law with the international regulation of migration;
5. Critically evaluate the key contemporary scholarly and policy debates in the area of UK immigration law.

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