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Unit information: Migration Policy in the UK and European Union in 2018/19

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Unit name Migration Policy in the UK and European Union
Unit code SPOL30030
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
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). It will examine EU policy development and policy failures in the context of the unfolding migration, humanitarian and refugee crisis in the Mediterranean and in Europe. The unit will explore conceptual and methodological problems surrounding the analysis of international migration. The focus will be on local, national and European migration patterns and trends in the wider global context of the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. Core themes of the unit include labour migration, the feminisation of migration flows, asylum seeking, the securitisation of migration debates, human trafficking and the social construction of migration as crime.

The objectives of this unit are to:

  • Provide an introduction to the institutions, processes and policy contradictions involved in EU 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 the Mediterranean migration crisis, poverty, migration and development, social exclusion, citizenship, labour migration, human trafficking and asylum seeking.

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

  • 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, integration and migration and development.

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

Formative: a one hour 'practice exam' to assess and support the students' preparations for the summative assessment.

Summative (100%): a three hour exam which will enable the students to meet the intended learning outcomes for the unit.

All assessment is marked against the published marking criteria for that level, as stated in the Social Policy Programme handbook.

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., de Haas, H. & Miller M (2014) The Age of Migration 5th Edition Basingstoke; Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Kraler, Albert, Jandl, Michael and Hofmann, M. (2006) ‘The evolution of EU migration policy and implications for data collection’ in M. Poulain, N. Perrin and A. Singleton (eds) Towards Harmonised European Statistics on International Migration, Louvain-la-Neuve, Presses universitaires de Louvain.
  • Salt, John (2015) International Migration and the United Kingdom. Report of the United Kingdom SOPEMI Correspondent to the OECD, 2015. Available at: http://www.geog.ucl.ac.uk/research
  • Spencer, S. (2011), The Migration Debate, Bristol, The Policy Press.

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