Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
The "Othered" Migrant: Social Science Perspectives
Academic Year
Semester 2
Reading List

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay  1200 Words  50%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Seen Exam  50%
Supplementary Assessment Essay  1200 Words  50%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Seen Exam  50%

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate a broad understanding of the themes of the module and their chosen degree subject.

2. Critically analyse the historic, social and political dimensions of migration in modern democracies

3. Demonstrate an in-depth and reflective understanding of key issues and policy challenges in multicultural societies

4. Demonstrate a detailed and systematic understanding of the diversity of traditions and viewpoints in social sciences

Effectively express themselves and their ideas in a seminar environment

Brief description

The module will provide students with an entry-level understanding of key concepts and theories which underpin International relations, History, Human Geography, Sociology, Law, Criminology.

The module will explore specific concepts and approaches approaches to understanding the migrant-as-Other within sociological, geographical, historical and politico-legal frameworks. Students will critically engage with the migrant as a locus of national and international contestation over citizenship, sovereignty, rights and bordering practices.

Lecture will explore these ideas in the following blocks:
• The history of migration and the development of international bordering practices
• The construction of the migrant as ‘Other’ (racialisation, deviant, diseased)
• The institutional and international regulation of the migrant (biopolitics, bordering practices, international policing and regulation)
• Reception of migrants (policies, protests, disorder)

Drawing upon historical and contemporary examples, in each block students will be encouraged to examine the role and ways their own discipline is involved in these debates in practical and conceptual terms.


The module will consist of weekly 2 hour lectures and 5X2 hour seminars (every second week).
The seminars may include a mix of formats including a traditional seminar and/or viewings of films and performances.
Students will be given advance reading ahead of the seminars to aid discussion and reflection.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Co-ordinating with others Students will learn to coordinate with others and engage in group discussion in seminars
Critical and analytical thinking Students will learn to gather required data quickly and comprehensively analyse and evaluate situations and information to inform decisions/thinking. This will include information literacy, ability to plan research, collate appropriate data, consider alternative perspectives and viewpoints, reach conclusions, be logical, quantitative reasoning and analysis, recognising bias and misinformation.
Digital capability Students will use standard VLE software to enhance their digital skills; including panopto, turnitin, blackboard, Word, etc.
Professional communication Students will learn to communicate appropriately in an academic context through seminar participation and essay and exam writing
Subject Specific Skills Students will gain knowledge of their specific subjects as well as learn to familiarise themselves with and deploy appropriate academic terminology


This module is at CQFW Level 3