Undergraduate Course: Migration: social origins and social consequences (SCIL10068)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This 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.
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.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting 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?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 11,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 11,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Short Essay (20%)
Research Group Project (20%)
Long Essay (60%)
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Place contemporary international migration in historical context and relate it to their own personal and/or family biographies
- 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)
- Understand key concepts in the study of migration, such as assimilation, multiculturalism, transnationalism and diaspora
- Relate migration to other key areas of sociological interest such as gender, the family, religion and nationalism
- Apply their knowledge of research methods and design to a specific migration-related project
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Mr Ross Bond
Tel: (0131 6)50 3919
|Course secretary||Mr Ewen Miller
Tel: (0131 6)50 3925