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Unit information: Approaches to Migration and Mobility Studies in 2021/22

Unit name Approaches to Migration and Mobility Studies
Unit code AFACM0015
Credit points 40
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Krebs
Open unit status Not open




School/department Arts Faculty Office
Faculty Faculty of Arts


This unit identifies areas of research in migration and mobility studies which demonstrate the history, chances, and challenges of the disciplinary field and self-awareness. Such investigations help to understand how and why migration and mobility studies developed the way they did, the reasons behind and the nature of current debates, and, crucially for postgraduate students, perspectives on the future of the discipline. Co-taught modularly by experts from departments across the Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences and Law, each module will familiarise students with the respective discipline’s unique approaches on migration and mobilities studies. Drawing from multidisciplinary perspectives, students will look at why people move from one place to another; the social, economic and cultural consequences of migration; and the actual experience of migration. As students gain insight into disciplinary approaches from the social sciences, law, and arts and humanities, the unit will further enable them to link the core concepts of migration and mobilities studies into a coherent understanding of different scales of movement, incorporating mobilities of people, objects, and ideas.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of the unit you will:

(1) know an exemplary selection of older as well as recent literature in migration and mobility studies from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds;

(2) have a good understanding of important recent and current debates in migration and mobility studies;

(3) be able to apply the critical tools, concepts and vocabularies acquired in the unit independently to topics and questions identified in consultation with the tutors.

This module also measures general learning outcomes for the MSc in Migration and Mobility Studies as follows:

(4) Demonstrate a detailed awareness of certain contexts of migrations and mobilities and associated debates, verbally and in writing, by means of historical, critical or analytical investigation;

(5) Synthesize a broad range of material (sometimes of a complex nature) and present the findings coherently, demonstrating a professional level of competence in appropriate bibliographic skills;

(6) Demonstrate familiarity with a range of methodologies across a variety of disciplines;

(7) Display a sincerity of belief in particular ideas and methodologies, yet retaining a sympathy for and tolerance towards alternatives;

(8) Be able to identify subtly different shades of interpretation and display sensitivity towards the consequences of their application;

(9) Demonstrate effective verbal presentation;

(10) See a project through from conception to planning, blueprint realisation, and execution.

Teaching details

22x2 hour long group seminars, plus individual tutorials as appropriate

Assessment Details

This unit is assessed by four equally-weighted coursework assignments (of 3000 words each). Based on outcome (10) and using outcomes (3) and (5), students will (in each essay), demonstrate learning outcomes (1)-(2), (4), and (6)-(8).


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