United Kingdom, London

Approaches to Global Migration

when 4 July 2016 - 22 July 2016
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 ECTS
fee GBP 1450

This course examines international migration and diaspora politics as key features of contemporary world politics. It gives a strong introduction to the politics of migration; theoretically, historically and methodologically. Using a variety of disciplinary approaches, participants study the challenges and opportunities that migration poses for countries that are both sending and hosting migrants. Looking at the topic from both the angle of hosting and sending states we study the benefits, like new sources of labour, and drawbacks such as social integration, of large scale migration.

Whilst discussions are based within the framework of international relations we examine poignant questions such as; To what extent do migration processes and diaspora politics inform or challenge our understandings of national identity? Students leave the course getting a full understanding of the approaches and debates that surround the rapidly changing landscape of migration politics.

Course leader

Gerasimos Tsourapas, Dr Laura Hammond and Dr Parvarthi Raman

Target group

Current students, professionals + leisure learners

Course aim

On successful completion of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate the ability to:

An understanding of academic literatures and debates on international migration and diaspora politics, and the interplay between migration and the disciplines of Comparative Politics & International Relations
The ability to present theories, models and approaches that help to explain and understand the international dynamics of migration and diaspora politics
The ability to critically engage with the academic and policy literature in migration studies, to present and critique competing scholarly arguments

Credits info

7.5 ECTS
Students are usually able to obtain credits from their home institution and typically our courses receive 3 credits in the US system and 7.5 ECTS in the European system. If you intend to claim credits from your home institution, please check the requirements with them before you enrol. We will be happy to assist you in any way we can, however please be aware that the decision to award credits rests with your home institution.

Assessment will be optional and will vary for each course. Participants will be provided with a certificate of attendance and transcripts will be available on request.

Fee info

GBP 1450: Tuition
A tuition fee of £1450 will be charged per 3-week programme. This figure does not include accommodation fees.

Application fee
A one-off, non-refundable application fee of £60 will be charged to cover administration costs. Please visit the SOAS online store to make your application fee payment.

An early bird discount of 10% is available if fees are paid by 31 March 2016.
15% discount for SOAS Alumni or if you take a combination of sessions 2 and 3.
20% discount for current SOAS students and our partner institutions.
Other discounts are available for groups, please contact us for further information.

Accommodation is available at an extra fee of £700 for 20 nights. For more details of how to reserve a room please our accommodation page.


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