Theories of Migration, Integration and Citizenship - POLI9400

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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.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 24
Private study hours: 176
Total study hours: 200


International Migration MA

Method of assessment

Presentation (10%)
Essay, 5000 words (90%)

Reassessment methods: 100% coursework

Indicative reading

Reading list (Indicative list, current at time of publication. Reading lists will be published annually)

The Age of Migration, 4th or 5th edition, by Stephen Castles, Hein de Haas and Mark Miller

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

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.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. gain a clear understanding of and be able to describe and apply migration theory to specific migratory and integration situations;

2. 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;

3. understand the complex nature of international migration from a range of disciplinary perspectives;

4. identify the strengths and limitations of distinctive disciplinary perspectives on the migration field;

5. assess the extent to which different theoretical perspectives can illuminate concrete examples of international migration.

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able 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.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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