Theories of Migration, Integration and Citizenship - PO940

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2017-18 2018-19
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This module will present key theories of migration, integration and citizenship from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, primarily sociological and political science, but including elements of anthropology and psychology. This curriculum will ensure that students gain an understanding of the most significant theories in the field, including the importance of the context of reception, including government policy and public opinion as well as institutional factors. Through the presentation and discussion of the theories, students will gain the knowledge of how the theories are applied to specific examples/case studies.


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Method of assessment

Students will be assessed primarily on their performance on a research paper of 5000 words, to be handed in several weeks after the end of term, and worth 90% of the final mark. The research paper will have a theoretical component, should develop a reasoned argument and will discuss a particular research question relevant to the course. The module convenor will be available to discuss selection of topics. The research paper will serve to further develop the understanding and application of facts and theories with relevance to one particular subject. This in-depth research of one subject will also serve to achieve the generic learning outcomes of conducting in-depth independent research, synthesizing material, applying theoretical concepts and developing arguments. SLOs and GLOs will both be assessed by the research paper.

Each student will prepare one brief presentation of one reading. Each student will briefly (ca. 10 minutes) present the key issues raised in the reading. These reviews will highlight the main points of the readings, include questions for discussion and will serve as one guide to discussion – along with the module convenor.

Presentations will be assessed upon the presenter's ability to present the main arguments clearly and succinctly, pose critical questions and to create discussion. The presentation will count for 10% of the overall mark. Both SLOs and GLOs are thereby assessed.

Preliminary reading

Brubaker, R. 1992. Citizenship and Nationhood in France and Germany. Cambridge: Harvard UP.

Dörr, S. and Faist, T. 1997. "Institutional conditions for the integration of immigrants in welfare states: A comparison of the literature on Germany, France, Great Britain and the Netherlands" In: European Journal of Political Research, Vol 31(4): 401-426.

Gordon, M. 1964. Assimilation in American Life: The Role of Race, Religion and National Origins. New York: Oxford UP.

Guiraudon, V. 1998. "Citizenship Rights for Non-Citizens: France, Germany and the Netherlands." pp. 272-318. In: Challenge to the Nation-State: Immigration in Western Europe and the United States, ed. Christian Joppke. Oxford: Oxford UP.

Heisler, B.S. 1985. "Sending Countries and the Politics of Emigration and Destination" In: International Migration Review, Vol 19(3): 469-484.

Heisler, B.S. 2000. "The Sociology of Immigration: From Assimilation to Segmented Integration, from the American Experience to the Global Arena." In: Migration Theory: Talking Across Disciplines, eds. Caroline B. Brettell and James F. Hollifield. London: Routledge.
(note: there is a second edition of the book, published in 2007, which will be used).

Massey, D. 1993. "Theories of international migration: a review and appraisal." In: Population and Development Review Sept 1993, Vol 19(3): 431-67.

Nyamujob, F. 2002. "Local Attitudes Toward Citizenship and Foreigners in Botswana: An Appraisal of Recent Press Stories" In: Journal of Southern African Studies, Vol 28 (4): 755-775.

Soysal, Y. 1994. Limits of Citizenship: Migrants and Postnational Membership in Europe. Chicago: Chicago UP.

Zuberi, T. and Sibanda, A. 2000. "How Do Migrants Fare in a Post-Apartheid South African Labor Market" In: International Migration Review, Vol 38 (4): 1462-1491.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes and, as appropriate, their relationship to programme learning outcomes
• gain a clear understanding of and be able to describe and apply migration theory to specific migratory and integration situations
• understand the differences between jus soli and jus sanguinis citizenship policies, as well as understanding the distinction between formal citizenship and substantive citizenship and the significance of those distinctions
• understand the complex nature of international migration from a range of disciplinary perspectives
• identify the strengths and limitations of distinctive disciplinary perspectives on the migration field
• assess the extent to which different theoretical perspectives can illuminate concrete examples of international migration

The intended generic learning outcomes and, as appropriate, their relationship to programme learning outcomes
The module is intended to contribute to students' ability to:
1. Conduct effective in-depth, independent research into a particular problem
2. Synthesize and analyse disparate material
3. Apply theoretical concepts to case studies
4. Analyse case studies in an interdisciplinary manner, applying appropriate theoretical concepts
5. Think clearly about reading material and discussion and to express reasoned arguments verbally in a seminar setting
6. Develop logical arguments based upon sound reasoning and understanding of the material and express these arguments in a written format

By helping students to progress towards these generic learning outcomes, the module contributes to achieving the general aims of our taught postgraduate programmes, which aim to
• provide students with an advanced training in their disciplines
• develop the students' transferable skills emphasizing research skills, analytical and conceptual skills, independent work and self-organisation

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