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Unit information: Migration Policy in the UK and European Union in 2014/15

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Unit name Migration Policy in the UK and European Union
Unit code SPOL20030
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Ms. Ann Singleton
Open unit status Open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

School/department School for Policy Studies
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description

This unit will cover the history and current development of migration policies, in the United Kingdom (UK) and the European Union (EU), in the context of EU integration and policy development. It will explore conceptual and methodological problems in understanding and analysing international migration. The focus will be on local, national, European and global migration patterns and trends. Core themes will be labour migration, the feminisation of migration flows, asylum seeking, the securitisation of migration debates, human trafficking and the social construction of migration as crime. Aims: The objectives of this unit are to:

  • Provide an introduction to the institutions and processes involved in European Union justice and home affairs policy making.
  • Examine the development of UK and EU migration and asylum policies.
  • Identify historical and current patterns and trends in migration and asylum seeking.
  • Explore key issues in the migration policy domain, including poverty, social exclusion, citizenship, labour migration, human trafficking and asylum seeking.

By the end of the unit, students should be able to demonstrate:

  • Understand migration policy processes within the UK and the European Union
  • Develop the tools to be able to critically analyse migration policies in the UK and the EU.
  • Be familiar with theoretical and empirical literature on migration and asylum policy.
  • Have developed a sharp awareness of contemporary debates in the migration policy field, in particular those relating to citizenship, asylum, human rights and integration policies.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of the unit, students should be able to demonstrate:

  • Understand migration policy processes within the UK and the European Union
  • Develop the tools to be able to critically analyse migration policies in the UK and the EU.
  • Be familiar with theoretical and empirical literature on migration and asylum policy.
  • Have developed a sharp awareness of contemporary debates in the migration policy field, in particular those relating to citizenship, asylum, human rights and integration policies.

Teaching details

Lectures and classes.

Assessment Details

Assessment will be against the programme criteria defined for the appropriate level.

Formative assessment: One 2000-2500 word essay

Reading and References

  • Boswell, C. and Geddes, A. (2011), Migration and mobility in the European Union Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. Location: JV7590 BOS
  • Castles S & Miller M (2009) The Age of Migration 4th edition Basingstoke; Palgrave Macmillan Location: JV6032 CAS (NB the library catalogue lists publication date as 2008, but the correct date is 2009).
  • Keeley, B. (c2009), International migration :the human face of globalisation. Paris : OECD, ( OECD insights). Location: JV6035 KEE
  • Salt, J. (2011) International migration and the United Kingdom. Report of the UK SOPEMI correspondent to the OECD London, Migration Research Unit, UCL.
  • Spencer, S. (2011), The Migration Debate, Bristol, The Policy Press.

Location: JV7620 SPE

  • Kraler, A, Jandl, M. & Hofmann, M. (2006) ‘The evolution of EU migration policy and implications for data collection, in M. Poulain, N. Perrin & A. Singleton (eds) Towards Harmonised European Statistics on International Migration, Louvain-l-Neuve, Presses universitaires de Louvain
  • Salt, J, 2011, International students and the labour market. 132-149 in Modood, T. and Salt, J., Global Migration, Ethnicity and Britishness. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Poulain, M, Perrin, N and Singleton, A (2006) (Eds.) Towards Harmonised European Statistics on International Migration, Louvain-la-Neuve, Presses universitaires de Louvain

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