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Unit information: Gender and Migration in 2020/21

Unit name Gender and Migration
Unit code SOCI30091
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Professor. Charsley
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law


This unit explores the relationships between gender and international migration. It investigates the utility of a focus on gender for understanding both migration patterns, and the experiences of migrant men and women. It does so through a thematic structure dealing with key debates and developments in the field including: the 'feminisation' of migration; gender and migration theory; gendered labour market engagements (including migrant domestic and construction workers); sex trafficking and prostitution; marriage-related migration; gender, refugees and asylum; men and women 'left behind'; and the impact of intersectional identities in migration-receiving contexts.


The unit aims to:

  • Introduce a range of topics in migration studies, with a particular focus on gender issues.
  • Help students understand the ways in which gender influences migration, and vice versa.
  • Encourage students to reflect upon the role of gender in scholarship, public discourse, and policy making in the field of migration.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  1. Describe and analyse the gendered character of contemporary migration.
  2. Appreciate the significance of the intersection of gender with other social identities in these processes.
  3. Apply these insights to both empirical examples of migration, and discourses surrounding migration.

Teaching details

The unit will be taught through blended learning methods, including a mix of synchronous and asynchronous teaching activities

Assessment Details

1. 1500 word piece of written work (25%)

2. 3000 word essay (75%)

Both Assessments relate to learning outcomes 1, 2 and 3.

Reading and References

  • Anthias, F. & G. Lazaridis. 2000. Gender and Migration in Southern Europe. Oxford: Berg
  • Constable, N. (ed) 2005. Cross-Border Marriages Penn UP
  • Ehrenreich, B. & A. R. Hochschild (eds) 2002. Global Women: nannies, maids and sex workers in the New Economy Granta
  • Indra, D (ed) 1999. Engendering Forced Migration Berghahn
  • Kelson, G. & D. L. Deleat. (eds) 1999. Gender and Immigration. New York UP
  • Ryan, L. & W. Webster (eds). 2009. Gendering Migration: Masculinity, Femininity and Ethnicity in Post-War Britain Ashgate