SOC8050 : Migration, Mobilities and Inequalities
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr Ruth McAreavey
- Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
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).
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||2||2:00||4:00||Traditional lecture format|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||36:00||36:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||34:00||34:00||Preparation for small group teaching, workshops and lectures|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||3||2:00||6:00||Consolidation of lecture material through examination of case studies, journal articles and other|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Workshops||5||2:00||10:00||Guest speaker TBC and student-led discussions - content for some of these TBC|
|Guided Independent Study||Student-led group activity||1||10:00||10:00||Preparation 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.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Essay||2||M||100||One 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.