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IR5046   Migration and Political Theory

Academic year(s): 2023-2024

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 11

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: Tuesday 11am-1pm

We live, we are told, in an increasingly mobile world, and yet the ability to move is experienced differentially: not everyone has the same access to 'movement' or experiences such movement in the same way. This module explores the relationship between political thought and the complex phenomenon of migration. We will address how migration is conceptualised in political thought and how migration impacts/influences understandings of citizenship, rights, borders, justice, and security.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 2-hour seminar (x11 weeks), plus office hours

Scheduled learning hours: 44

Guided independent study hours: 264

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 100%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator: Dr N E G Saunders
Module teaching staff: Dr Natasha Saunders

Intended learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate understanding of core debates in political theory on migration
  • Critically evaluate these debates and the assumptions upon which they rest
  • Articulate how migration can impact the meaning and role of core concepts/ideas in political thought
  • Articulate reasoned and factually supported arguments both orally and in writing.