A compact guide to international migration: history and present
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HPC11
Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
What is the course about?
Explore and understand trends and developments in international migration since the industrial revolution. This interactive lecture-based course will give you an overview of the structure, direction and reasons of international migration. You will learn about the effect of migration on both destination and origin countries and the policy options policymakers have at their disposal to manage migration. In so doing, this course offers a historical context for the complex issue of migration, enabling you to critically assess current policy developments in this field.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
-Migration types (counter-urbanization, rural-urban migration, international migration -voluntary vs involuntary)
-Reasons behind international migration, including both push (unemployment, lack of infrastructure, war, political instability etc). and pull-factors (potential for employment, political security etc.)
-History of human migration (Industrialization, world wars and their aftermath, guest worker recruitment after world war II, intra-EU migration)
-Effect of international migration on both destination and origin countries
-The 'refugee crisis', looking at both current policy debates and possible solutions to policy dilemmas.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Assess and critically evaluate the opportunities and challenges related to international migration
- Explain the complex and multifaceted reasons for international migration
-Explain the effects of international migration, particularly with regard to regional and local labour markets
-Understand and critically evaluate the policy options policymakers have at their disposal to manage migration
-Assess the sustainability of policies pursued so far to address the so-called refugee crisis, including the Global Compact for Migration.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No previous knowledge is required as this is an introductory course. That being said, an interest in current affairs may prove helpful as the area of international migration is a dynamic one. This is also reflected in the high volume of fairly recent policy initiatives such as the Global Compact for Migration. Therefore, you will gain more from the course both in terms of enjoyment and learning outcomes if you follow current affairs.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
A mixture of lectures/ short presentations by the tutor, Q&A, pair/group and class discussions. A comprehensive bibliography will be given at the beginning of the course. Also, (brief) reading materials will be handed out at the end of each session. These will mostly cover issues raised in the news regarding international migration. While this supplementary reading is not a course requirement, course participants will benefit more from the course if they do some of the supplementary readings recommended by the course tutor. Please note, that as the course progresses, course participants are encouraged to take a more active part in the course – this will be achieved through a mixture of smaller group work but also class discussions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Although you are not required to buy anything, you may wish to buy books, current affairs magazines or attend talks on the issue of internal migration to deepen your understanding of the issues raised in the class. However, please note that this is not necessary to follow the class as such.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Please check out our range of history, politics and economics classes on our website.
Hilke is an academic at the London School of Economics, pursuing her PhD in political economy. She also holds an MPhil in European Politics from the University of Oxford. Hilke's area of expertise are European Integration, Economic and Monetary Union, the Labour Market and Forced Displacement. For her thesis she looks into the resilience of refugee economies in several different countries - she has conducted extensive fieldwork in Eastern DRC, Uganda, Lebanon, the UK, Sweden and Germany. She has taught courses on European Integration to both adult learners and high school students. In the past, she has also worked for both the DWP and the FCDO.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.