Undergraduate Course: Migration, Diaspora, Exile: The Politics of Representation (ELCC08009)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course introduces students to the issues surrounding the cultural representation of migrants, exiles, and diasporic communities. Adopting a comparative, cross-cultural approach and a historical perspective, students will explore the images of migrants and migration in linguistic and visual representations, how stereotypical representations can be affirmed or challenged, and the ways in which migrants take control of their self-representation. All texts will be in English or in English translation.
If the quota for this course is full and you would like to be placed on a reserve list, please email the course secretary. If you have not received an offer of a place by Friday of week 1, you should assume that you will not be able to take the course.
Students will explore the representation and self-representation of migrants and migration in a variety of media. They will gain knowledge and skills enabling them to understand these representations, putting them into cultural and historical perspective.
Engaging with current theory about migration, diaspora and identities, students will explore the representation of exile and the migrant experience in a variety of media including film, literature and documentary sources. In doing so, they will practise reading and interpreting texts/films through theory and will explore comparative perspectives on the course themes.
The course will be taught jointly by colleagues from DELC and Celtic and Scottish Studies. Students will work together in groups to prepare material for presentation, as well as researching an individual essay project.
Please note the quota for this course will be raised to 25 once places have been allocated to Year 2 DELC students.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Group Presentation and reflective work 30%
Coursework essay (2500 words) 70%
||Students will be given verbal and written feedback on their presentations, and will discuss their essay plan with the course tutors.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Construct clear and coherent arguments about representations of migration and exile
- Assess the usefulness of theoretical approaches to understanding the course themes, and critique approaches that they disagree with clearly and in an appropriate style
- Analyse texts, films and other forms of representation using the theoretical models discussed in class
- Present in oral and written form the results of research undertaken individually and as part of a small group, respond judiciously to such research undertaken by others, and critically evaluate the importance of such material for an understanding of the chief themes of the course
- Work effectively as part of a group, managing group interactions and division of tasks in pursuit of a common aim.
Hannah Arendt, We the Refugees (Pouvoirs, 01 January 2013, Vol.144(1), pp.5-16)
Hamid Naficy, An Accented Cinema: Exilic and Diasporic Film (Princeton: Princeton UP, 2001)
Donna R. Gabaccia, Italy's Many Diasporas (London: Routledge, 2000).
Na h-Eilthirich: Alba Nuaidh ('The Emigrants: Nova Scotia), Gaelic documentary with English sub-titles (BBC Scotland, 1999, 45 minutes)
Alistair MacLeod, No Great Mischief (1999, a novel, English)
Selected sound recordings, Tobar an Dualchais website, Gaelstream website, BBC Bliadhna nan ̉ran (Year of the Songs) website, all with transcriptions and accompanying English translations
Caterina Lombardi-Diop, Caterina Romeo, Postcolonial Italy (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)
Pattieu, Sylvain, 'The BUMIDOM in Paris and its suburbs: contradictions in a state migration policy, 1960s-1970s', African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal, 10 (2017), 12-24
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Critical reading; application of theory to text; testing theory against text.
Evaluating contrasting arguments.
Making connections between close reading and broader social context.
Understanding the history of representations of migrant, exile and disapora communities.
Autonomous project work; identifying problems, setting tasks; organising material.
Participating in group work; setting and organising joint tasks.
Clarity in oral and written presentation.
||The quota for this course will be raised to 25 once places have been allocated to Year 2 DELC students.
|Keywords||Migration studies,film studies,literary studies,politics of migration
|Course organiser||Prof Peter Davies
Tel: (0131 6)50 3632
|Course secretary||Mrs Alexandra Marie Aedo Mezeul
Tel: (0131 6)50 3702