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The Political Economy Of International Migration (Module)

Module description

Please note that module information is indicative and may change year to year.

The theoretical aim of the module is, first, to understand the problem of migration, both legal and illegal, in the context of globalisation; and, second, to assess the relation between globalisation, marginalisation and the EU response to threats of mass immigration from less developed countries. The Unit therefore focuses on the following theoretical questions:

How is the process of globalisation related to the increase of migratory flows from less developed countries to Western ones?

What are the main political and economic causes and consequences of migration, in general, and illegal migration, in particular?

Is there tension between legal and illegal migration?

Module aims

The main objective of this Unit is to study the impact of globalisation on migratory flows from a distinct International Political Economy (IPE) perspective, with particular attention on the dynamics of migration from Less Developed Countries to the EU.

The theoretical aim of the Unit is, first, to understand the problem of migration, both regular and irregular, in the context of globalisation; and, second, to assess the relation between globalisation, marginalisation and the EU response to threats of mass immigration from less developed countries. The Unit therefore focuses on the following theoretical questions:

How is the process of globalisation related to the increase of migratory flows from less developed countries to Western ones?

What are the main political and economic causes and consequences of migration, in general, and irregular migration, in particular?

Is there tension between regular and irregular migration?

Learning outcomes

By the end of this module students will:

Understand theoretically informed arguments about the political economy of international migration, its development and the current challenges;

Understand the impact of Globalisation on International Migration and on States’ politics and policies;

Be able to use the conceptual toolkits of International Political Economy and International Relations to interpret International Migration;

Be able to communicate their understanding of International migration through effective oral presentations and written essays.

Staff information

Not applicable

Teaching pattern

One 2-hour seminar, weekly

Indicative teaching schedule

Week 1: Introduction: the political economy of international migration
Week 2: Migration in theory: The state of the debate or the State in the debate
Week 3: The globalisation thesis within the globalisation debate
Week 4: The paradox of Fortress Europe
Week 5: Illegal migration into the EU modalities and main routes
Week 6: Globalisation and regionalisation: The lack of integration of the MENA area
Week 7: Globalisation and marginalisation: Migration from the MENA after the Arab Spring
Week 8: What does the Muslim migrant do in receiving countries?
Week 9: Islamophobia and Social Capital
Week 10: The profits of illegal migration: money laundering

Note that this teaching schedule is indicative and subject to change.

Module assessment - more information

One compulsory but non-assessed 15 minute seminar presentation and one 4,000 word essay (100%)

Key information

Module code 7AAOM010

Credit level 7

Assessment coursework

Credit value 15

Semester Semester 2 (spring)

Study abroad module Yes