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.
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.