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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 04/07/2022 11:39:29

Title of Module: Migration, State & Society

Code: SOCY10022 SCQF Level: 10
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Education & Social Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:E  Pietka-Nykaza

Summary of Module

The issue of migration is a publicly volatile topic in most developed countries, expressed in media metaphors of ‘floods’ and ‘spongers’, and institutionalised in policies to build ‘fortresses’ and force assimilation. What is distinctly lacking in these public discourses and policies is a conceptual, historical and comparative understanding of migration processes. This module encourages students to investigate a range of migration themes in the contemporary world through a combination of conceptual analysis, thematic focuses, and empirical case-studies.

The module begins with an examination of migration patterns and key concepts in migration theory. The second part of the module explores key themes related to migration including: human rights, immigration policy and citizenship, forced migration, securitization, development and integration. Finally, this module focuses on the national case-studies of developed countries, and inter-relationships between specific countries or regions of the world with respect to migration.

The objectives of the course are: to examine the main theories and concepts in the fields of migration studies; to foster a critical understanding of migration processes topics in contemporary societies; and to highlight the need for a better informed public discourse and policies to address these increasingly significant policy issues in the modern world. 

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Exhibit the ability to critically analyse the current academic and policy debates about migration.

L2. Evaluate theoretical perspectives to explain migration flows and migrant experiences

L3. Demonstrate an understanding and capacity to critically analyse different concepts, themes and issues in contemporary migration studies

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 10.

Understanding current academic and policy debates on contemporary migration processes and patterns

Understanding and awareness of the key themes and issues in relation to contemporary migration studies

Understanding of theoretical perspectives within migration studies

Awareness and understanding of experiences of particular migrant’s groups

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 10.

Interpreting, explaining, critically analysing the complexity of migration patters and processes

Developing and presenting a coherent analysis of the arguments, explanations and prescriptions of key themes in relation to contemporary migration

Examining, interpreting and theorise information about contemporary migration

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 10.

Giving coherent and reasoned arguments, summarising and critique a variety of arguments presented in a body of literature

Identifying the strengths and weaknesses of different substantial topics and theoretical perspectives on contemporary migration

Evaluate, criticize and debate, in oral and written form, specific theoretical positions and analytical arguments relevant to migration studies.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 10.

Communicating effectively and appropriately in speech and writing.

Extracting, analyzing and interpreting data in relation to contemporary migration

To present (orally and in writing) own ideas and opinion in an appropriate format

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 10.

Developing an independent capacity for learning, retrieving information from library resources, electronic resources and tutoring facilities.

Developing an independent capacity for planning, designing and presenting own research (case study report)

Working effectively in groups or teams, developing an awareness and ability to provide the feedback and support to other peers

Developing an independent capacity of learning, retrieving information from library resources, electronic resources and tutoring facilities.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
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Learning and Teaching
Student contact will primarily take place through a series of lectures and workshops based on the week’s lecture. A key focus will be placed on the encouragement of students to develop reading, writing and analytical skills through engagement with a variety of sources and academic texts relating to migration (from sociology, anthropology, geography and political science).

Skills will be developed through the research for the presentation and production of the written work required for the case study. There will be a requirement for independent study in terms of workshop preparation and assessment, research and production.

The writing of a case study will enable students to enhance and demonstrate their skills in research, writing and referencing and develop their potential to work autonomously.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery24
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity12
Asynchronous Class Activity6
Independent Study158
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Bauder, H (2006) Labor Movement: how migration regulates labour markets, Oxford: OUP

Bosniak, L. (2006) The Citizen and the Alien: dilemmas of contemporary membership, Princeton: Princeton University Press

Castles, S. and Miller, M. (2013) The Age of Migration: International Population Movements in the Modern World. 4th ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Glorius B. and Grabowska-Lusinska I. (2013) (eds.) Mobility in Transition. Migration patterns after EU enlargement, Amsterdam: IMISCOE

Reference list will also include articles from following journals:

Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
Ethnic and Racial Studies
Race & Class
Journal of International Migration and Integration
Forced Migration Review
International Migration Review
International Migration
Journal of Refugee Studies

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

Where a module has Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body requirements these will be listed here:
All fulltime students (part-time and distant learning students should check with their programme leader for any queries) are required to attend all scheduled classes and participate with all delivered elements of the module as part of their engagement with their programme of study. Consideration will be given to students who have protection under the appropriate equality law. Please refer to UWS Regulations, Chapter 1, 1.64 – 1.67, available at the following link:

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardSocial Sciences
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelUG Social Sciences - Sociology & Social Policy
ModeratorC Clark
External ExaminerR Ryder
Accreditation DetailsN/A.
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Case study report (80%)

The nature of the assessment will take the form of a case study report (3500 words) on a particular migrant ‘group’ or type in particular location. In the case study students will be required to:

1) describe, in broad terms general trends related to chosen migration group or type;
2) engage with one of migration theory to explain migration patterns of chosen group
3) describe main issues or themes related to chosen migrant group or type.

Case study plan (20%) Students will be required to provide 2 pages outline of their case study.
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Combined Total For All Components100% 4 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
Aligned with the overall commitment to equality and diversity stated in the Programme Specifications, the module supports equality of opportunity for students from all backgrounds and with different learning needs. Using Moodle, learning materials will be presented electronically in formats that allow flexible access and manipulation of content (part-time and distant learning students should check with their programme leader for any queries). The module complies with University regulations and guidance on inclusive learning and teaching practice. Specialist assistive equipment, support provision and adjustment to assessment practice will be made in accordance with UWS policy and regulations. The University’s Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Policy can be accessed at the following link:

Our partners are fully committed to the principles and practice of inclusiveness and our modules are designed to be accessible to all. Where this module is delivered overseas, local equivalent support for students and appropriate legislation applies.

UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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