Migration and Belonging - SO755

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Autumn 6 15 (7.5) DR D Garbin checkmark-circle


This module aims to develop a critical understanding of one of the most timely and pressing issues of recent times, namely, migration, and its relationship to politics of identities, belongings and citizenship in global societies. It aims to introduce students to key themes and issues related to the social experience of migration in a diversity of contexts. Over the course of the term, we will debate and critically explore the ways in which migrants, refugees and diaspora communities shape their societies of settlement and origin and how they have become key actors of a process of 'globalisation from below' at different social and spatial scales. We will critically discuss key concepts and theories deployed to analyse contemporary processes of migration, transnationalism and diaspora and assess their relevance across a wide range of migration case studies. Examples of the central questions this module will address are: what are the main drivers of contemporary migration? To what extent can migrants become transnational citizens? What is the link between migration and homeland development in third world countries? How are gender, class and race relations affected by migration?


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

11 lecture hours and 11 seminar hours (22 contact hours)

Method of assessment

An essay of 2,500 words (50%), and a 2 hour written exam (50%).

Indicative reading

Brettell, C. and Hollifield, J. F. 2015. Migration Theory: talking across discipline. London: Routledge

Castles, S. and Miller, M. J. 2013. The Age of Migration: international population movements in the modern world, 3rd Edition, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Dickinson, E. 2016. Globalization and Migration. London: Rowman and Littlefield.

Faist, T. et al. 2013. Transnational Migration. London: Polity

Geddes, A. and Scholten, P. 2016. The politics of migration and immigration in Europe. London: Sage.

Vertovec, S. 2010. Transnationalism. 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:
Develop a critical understanding of the process of migration, its diversity and consequences for sending and receiving societies
Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the key theories and concepts deployed to analyse contemporary processes of migration, transnationalism
and diaspora
Relate processes of migration and transnationalism to wider sociological debates on the politics of social and cultural belonging
Demonstrate a clear appreciation of the extent to which migration raises complex questions of nationality and citizenship in global societies
Contextualise specific constructions of individual and collective identities within a variety of migration situations

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Critically evaluate varied multidisciplinary theoretical and analytical approaches
Analyse and contextualise theoretical and empirical case studies
Draw on relevant materials and analytical tools to develop considered augments and evaluations
Effectively articulate complex arguments in written form, including the ability to structure information in a coherent manner


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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