Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 10 x 2 hr


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Unseen examination: answer two questions.  50%
Semester Assessment 2,500 essay.  50%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Resit failed exam and/or resubmission of failed/non-submitted coursework components. Passed assessment elements (either exam or coursework) cannot be resat and the original mark is carried forward.  50%
Supplementary Assessment As before.  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Critically discuss key topics migration geography studies (i.e., the globalisation of migration, different forms of migration, the feminisation of migration and the growing politicization of migration across domestic and international politics and law);
2. Describe, employ and critique a number of migration theories (classical migration theory, neo-classical economic theory, historical-structuralism, migration systems theory, transnationalism);
3. Describe and critically asses a number of contemporary events and processes surrounding migration in the EU;
4 Employ appropriate evidence to support the discussion of key issues in migration and the EU;
5. Show evidence of the depth of their reading, interpretation and evaluation of current academic and policy practice through marshalling an argument in written form.

Brief description

This module introduces students to key themes in contemporary scholarship in the geography of migration circuits from the developing world into EU member states. Using critical geographical, feminist, intersectional, postcolonial and socio-legal theories, this module interrogates the tensions between migrants and states' interpretations of immigration, law and social policy across EU jurisdictions. The module is organised into three sections.

The first section explores the influences of spatiality on EU law and social policy and procedures on minorities and the racialisation of EU territory, contemporary migration circuits and processes of inclusion and exclusion as it relates to citizenship rights. This section introduces concepts including race, mobility, state-formation as critical lenses through which to examine contemporary issues of official immigration policies, state-formation, sovereignty and cultural racism across EU member states.

The second section of the module deals with processes of globalisation, migrants and nationalism and national identity politics and the importance of imperialism. It introduces concepts such as the intersection of categories of gender, class and ethnicity and the relationship between 'irregular' migration, security and border control as of the principle avenues of state formation across EU member states.

The final section of the module interrogates the connections between concepts such as 'Fortress Europe', migration and the notion of a European identity. Using a research led pedagogy; these concepts will be examined through in the context of 'real life' application such as the experiences of undocumented asylum seekers, refugees, and trafficked migrants.


Content to be delivered will normally include:
Lecture 1: Immigration and the State: A Tense Relationship
Lecture 2: Minority Formation and Racialisation Across EU Member States: Policy Law and Practice
Lecture 3: Contemporary Migrations: Exploring the Geographies of European Migration Circuits
Lecture 4: Who Can Be a European Citizen: The Place of 'Others'
Lecture 5: Geographies of Globalisation: Contradictions in EU Migration Policy
Lecture 6: Blurred Spaces: Migrants, Nationalism and National Identity Politics
Lecture 7: Border Control: Racialised Stereotypes and the Feminisation of Migration
Lecture 8: 'Fortress Europe': The Case of the Refugee, the Asylum Seeker and the trafficked Migrant
Lecture 9: Terrorism and Migration: The Geographies of Securitisation
Lecture 10: The End of the European Nation State?

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Not developed through this module.
Communication Developed through participation in lectures, written communication skills will be assessed though the essay and the examination.
Improving own Learning and Performance Developed through participation in informal class breakout sessions where students will discuss key issues. Students should develop their skills implicitly in this area through the organisation of free-time reading and exam preparation.
Information Technology Students will be directed to source material from the internet in their preparation for their essay and examinations.
Personal Development and Career planning Not explicitly developed through the module. The content of lectures and reading may indirectly encourage students to reflect on their own beliefs and views and may identify potential career paths for some.
Problem solving Problem solving will be developed and assessed through engagement with lecture content, through answering the exam questions and through the module essay.
Research skills Students will be encouraged to develop their research through collating material from library and internet sources in preparation for the essay and the examination. Students¿ research skills will be developed further through their ability to formulate questions in lectures by responding to lecture material.
Subject Specific Skills Developed through the application of acquired theoretical knowledge and facility with empirical data to broaden the student¿s understanding of the scope of research in human geography.
Team work Developed through working with colleagues in class discussions.

Reading List

Recommended Text
Anderson, B. and O'Connell Davidson, J. (2002) Trafficking-a Demand Led Problem? Stockholm: Save the Children Primo search Askola H. (2007) Legal Responses to Trafficking in Women for Sexual Exploitation in the European Union Oxford: Hart Publishing Primo search Balibar, E. (2004) We the People of Europe? Reflections on Transnational Citizenship Princeton: Princeton University Press Primo search Castles, S. and Miller M. J. (2004) The Age Of Migration: International Population Movements in the Modern World New York: Palgrave Primo search Enloe, C. (1989) Bananas, Beaches and Bases: Making Feminist Sense of International Politics Berkeley: University of California Press Primo search Hubbard, P. (1999) Sex and the City: Geographies of Prostitution in the Urban West London: Ashgate Primo search Kapur, R. (2005) Erotic Justice: Law and the New Politics of Postcolonialism London: Glasshouse Press Primo search Kostapoulou, D. (2006) 'Freedom, Security and Justice: Police and Judicial Cooperation' in Criminal Matters, in J. Peterson and M. Shackleton (eds.) Institutions of the European Union Oxford University Press Primo search McDowell, L. (1999) Gender, Identity and Place: Understanding Feminist Geographies Oxford: Blackwell Primo search McDowell, L. and Sharpe, J. (1999) A Feminist Glossary of Human Geography London: Edward Arnold Primo search Mohanty, C. T. (2003) Feminism without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity Primo search Ohmae, K. (1991) The Borderless World New York: Harper Collins Primo search Phillips, R. (2006) Sex, Politics and Empire: A Postcolonial Geography Manchester: University of Manchester Press Primo search Pred, A. (2000) Even in Sweden: Racisms, Racialised Spaces, and the Popular Geographical Imagination Berkeley: University of California Press Primo search Stychin, C. F. (2003) Governing Sexuality: The Changing Politics of Citizenship and Law Reform Oxford: Hart Publishing Primo search Agustín, L. (2005) Social Politics 'Migrants in the Mistress's House: Other Voices in the 'Trafficking' Debate' 12: 1, 96-117 Primo search Bell, D. (1995) Political Geography 'Pleasure and Danger: The Paradoxical Spaces of Sexual Citizenship' 14: 2, 139-153 Primo search Desforges, L., Jones, R., and Woods, M. (2005) Citizenship Studies 'New Geographies of Citizenship' 9: 5. 439-451 Primo search Kofman, E. (2005) Citizenship Studies 'Citizenship, Migration and the Reassertion of National Identity' 9: 5, 453-467 Primo search Morokvasic, M. (2004) Feminist Review 'Settled in Mobility': Engendering Post Wall Migration in Europe 77: 7-25 Primo search Nagar, R. et al., (2002) Economic Geography 'Localizing Globalization: Feminist (Re)readings of the Subjects and Spaces of Globalization' 78: 3, 257-284 Primo search Sassen, S. (2002) Nordic Journal of International Law 'Women's Burden: Counter-Geographies of Globalization and the Feminization of Survival' 71, 255-274 Primo search Walton-Roberts, M. (2004) Political Geography 'Rescaling Citizenship: Gendering Canadian Immigration Policy' Primo search Yeoh, B, and Huang, S. (1999) Environment and Planning A Spaces and Margins: Migrant Domestic Workers and the Development of Civil Society in Singapore¿ 31: 7, 1149-1167 Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 6