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Undergraduate Course: Migration: social origins and social consequences (SCIL10068)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course examines sociological perspectives on the causes and consequences of migration as a social process, with the emphasis mainly on international migration. Key concepts in the social scientific study of migration are discussed and we examine how other key areas of sociological interest (such as gender, the family, religion) may be related to migration. Students will also be required to reflect on how migration can be researched from a sociological perspective.
Course description The topical significance of human migration as a contemporary and global phenomenon is evident, and yet it is also a firmly established historical phenomenon and one that has long attracted the interest of sociologists. The course will therefore examine the particular contemporary dimensions of migration while also placing these in historical context.
Migration is also addressed and researched by economists, demographers and political scientists. While recognising the value and significance of these approaches, the course examines the ways in which they can be supplemented by (broadly) sociological perspectives on migration.
The course is in four parts. In the first part we examine the key issues and problems in the social scientific study of contemporary migration, place it in historical context, and look at the main ways in which the reasons for migration have been theorised sociologically. In the second part we look at migrants' incorporation in the countries to which they migrate. In the third part we examine migrants' relationships with their countries of origin. The final part of the course relates migration to other key themes of sociological concern, such as gender, the family and religion and may also include more dedicated sessions on particular themes such as refugees or climate change and migration.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Sociology 2b: Researching Social Life (SCIL08013) OR Designing and Doing Social Research (SCIL10062)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 Sociology or closely related courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 11, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 11, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Short Essay (20%)
Research Group Project (20%)
Long Essay (60%)
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No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Place contemporary international migration in historical context and relate it to their own personal and/or family biographies
  2. Understand what sociological perspectives bring to our understanding of the causes and consequences of migration, and how these compare to other key perspectives (e.g. economic, political, demographic)
  3. Understand key concepts in the study of migration, such as assimilation, multiculturalism, transnationalism and diaspora
  4. Relate migration to other key areas of sociological interest such as gender, the family, religion and nationalism
  5. Apply their knowledge of research methods and design to a specific migration-related project
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Course organiserMr Ross Bond
Tel: (0131 6)50 3919
Course secretaryMiss Laura Thiessen
Tel: (0131 6)50 3932
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