Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE IRL5070

 
TITLE Migration and Migration Control

 
LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 5

 
DEPARTMENT International Relations

 
DESCRIPTION This study-unit will provide an overview of migration and migration control issues, with a particular focus on the Mediterranean region. The first part will introduce some general concepts and theories relevant for the study of international migration. This will be followed by a historical overview of migratory patterns in the Mediterranean region.

The study-unit will then address a number of specific aspects of international migration, such as (root) causes of migration, integration issues, political and economic impacts of migration, as well as migrant smuggling and human trafficking. The last part will be devoted to migration control policies, examining both internal and external migration control mechanisms.

Study-unit Aims:

The aims of this study-unit are to:
- Provide the students with an overview of the main theories and concepts relevant to the study of international migration;
- Provide an overview of past and current migratory patterns in the Mediterranean region;
- Examine some of the main (contemporary) issues pertaining to international migration, such as the (root) causes of migration, political and economic impacts of migration, integration issues as well as migrant smuggling and human trafficking;
- Discuss migration control mechanisms and policies.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Explain past and current migratory patterns;
- Understand many of the current challenges pertaining to international migration;
- Analyse states`migration control policies, including their (potential) impacts.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Critically analyse the complex phenomenon of international migration;
- Critically analyse migration control policies.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Required Texts:

- Stephen Castles, Hein de Haas and Mark J.Miller, The Age of Migration, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013 (5th Edition).
- James F.Hollifield, Philip L.Martin, Controlling Immigration: A Global Perspective, Stanford University Press, 2014 (3rd Edition).

Recommended Texts:

- Virginie Guiraudon and Christian Joppke, Controlling a New Migration World, Routledge, 2001.
- Gary Freeman, Modes of Immigration Politics in Liberal Democratic States, International Migration Review 29(4), 1995, 881-902.
- Myron Weimar, Security, Stability and International Migration, International Security 17 (3) 1992/93, 91-126.
- Loescher, G.Betts, A. and Milner, J., UNHCR: The Politics and Practice of Refugee Protection into the 21st Century, Routledge, 2008.
- Khalid Kose, International Migration: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press, 2007.
- Peter Andreas and Timothy Snyder (Eds). The wall around the West: state borders and immigation controls in North America and Europe, Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2000.
- Derek Lutterbeck, Across the Desert, Across the Sea: Migrant Smuggling into and from Libya, in: Peter Seeberg and Zaid Eyadat, Migration, Security and Citizenship in the Middle East, Palmgrave Macmillian, 2013.
- Kyle, David and Rey Koslowski (Eds). Global Human Smuggling: Comparative Perspectives. John Hopkins University Press, 2011.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Seminar

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation (15 Minutes) SEM2 Yes 40%
Examination (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 60%

 
LECTURER/S Derek Lutterbeck

 
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