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GEOGG202 Issues in Global Migration
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GEOGG202 Issues in Global Migration


(15 credits)

Term 2 (2012)



JoAnn McGregor, Claire Dwyer, Pablo Mateos



To debate topical issues in migration studies, of global scope. The course will be flexible to reflect shifting contemporary concerns.  It may include topics such as: remittances and diaspora engagement, home town associations, migration and sexual health, reproducation and fertility, trafficking and smuggling, detention and deportation, global care chains, religious transnationalism,  debates over representation of migrants.  The range of topics will be chosen to reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the MSc programme, and will complement and extend the approaches course, allowing key concepts to be applied to issues of current controversy.



The module aims to provide students with an introduction to key contemporary issues in migration studies.  The module complements ‘Interdisciplinary appoaches to global migration’ by illustrating and elaborating debates over key issues, that are both shaped by and in turn themselves shape theoretical developments in migration studies.



100% coursework – 1 x 3,000 word essay.



The course will involve contact time of 2 hours a week, comprising a mixture of lectures, seminars and discussion. Students will be expected to engage in independent reading, to make presentations to the group and engage in discussion.


Learning Outcomes:

Students will enhance their knowledge and understanding of contemporary issues in migration in a globalised world - economic, demographic, health-related, political, anthropological, cultural and historical – and the ways in which they have been debated.

This appreciation of the scope and nature of argument on key topics will develop critical and analytic skills with regard to the academic literature, policy documents, a wide range of empirical sources.

Students will acquire transferable research skills in critical thinking, information collection and management, communication and presentation.