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SOC8050 : Migration, Mobilities and Inequalities

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s):
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


We live in an age of migration. SOC8050 is an introduction to key concepts related to patterns and processes of migration. The module aims to provide an understanding of what migration means in the modern era for host societies and sending countries. It will provide students with an insight into how social structures influence individual mobility choices and pathways, and the outcomes – positive and negative - of different types of migratory movements. On completing the course, students will have a better understanding of how migration today differs significantly from previous migration waves, and they will be able to critically examine common framings of migration, challenging stereotypes and misperceptions.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module will cover the following areas:

•       Defining and conceptualising 'migrants'. This will include a sociological analysis of what
it means to be a migrant, drawing, for instance, on Bourdieu, Goffman and feminist theories of intersectionality.

•       Theories of migration such as assimilation, integration, superdiversity and multi-culturalism.

•       The role of government in regulating and managing previous patterns of migration versus contemporary patterns of migration.

•       Migrants' experiences in everyday life (this will consider experiences in the context of inequalities and mobilities across different contexts such as the labour market, health and social care, and housing).

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture22:004:00Traditional lecture format Synchronous online (timetabled)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion136:0036:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading134:0034:00Preparation for small group teaching, workshops and lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching32:006:00Consolidation of lect mat through examination of case studs, journal articles + other Synch online
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops52:0010:00Guest speaker TBC and student-led discussions - content for some of these TBC PiP
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity110:0010:00Preparation for workshops requiring students to work collaboratively outside core module hours
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module uses a combination of small group teaching, lectures and workshops along with a drop-in session during the scheduled teaching activity. The course is premised on locating migration within contemporary society, and so requires the students to reflect on and discuss sociological theories. This is best done through various approaches comprising lectures, scrutiny of case material and journal articles, and via class discussions. This pedagogical approach will not only accommodate different learning styles, but it will most effectively encourage students to question prevailing migration discourses. The module theme is very topical and to pique students' interest further, an external guest speaker will deliver a workshop on experiences within the Newcastle/Northumbria region.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M100One essay of 2500 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The module is assessed via an essay that will require students to identify and synthesise relevant source material (from journals, policy documents and 'grey' literature). They will need to develop a coherent and logical argument that demonstrates critical thinking, and present this within an essay format with due attention to structure, syntax and referencing. Within the module, all of these components are assessed and an essay provides the most appropriate format for achieving this outcome. However, the essay will also allow students to draw on other learning from the module including class discussions and workshop case materials.

Reading Lists