Sociology of Migration (SC4210)

This module deals with the main contemporary issues and problems that have their roots in migration and its consequences at the individual, societal, and global level. It will focus on the following issues and processes: the migratory process and the formation of ethnic groups; post-war migration patterns, the globalization of international migration; new migration in the Asia-Pacific; migrants and minorities in the labour force; the migratory process; new ethnic minorities and society; and migration policies and politics. This module is mounted for students with interest in human migration and its implications.

SE Asia Migration Routes Map

Part I

This course begins by exploring questions of method and theoretical perspective, to provide students a window into the varieties of approaches to the study of migration. This is followed by a broad introduction to the effects of migration on both sending and receiving societies, debates over the economic impact of migration (using Card and Borjas as our primary touchstones), and a world regional overview of patterns of migration from the colonial era to the present (as appropriate). The regional case studies consist of student presentations of approximately 25 minutes and address migration in/from: Europe, the Americas, South Asia, Africa, East Asia, and the Middle East. 


Part II

The second half of this course focuses in greater depth on a few topics in the sociology of migration: migration controls and the question of open borders, migrant integration and social cohesion, the feminization of migration, migrant participation in politics, and the persistent problems of exclusion as an aspect of modernity. 


Required Reading:

S. Castles, H. de Haas, M. J. Miller. 2013. The Age of Migration: International Population Movements in the Modern World, 5th Edition. Guilford Press. 

Z. Bauman. 2004. Wasted Lives: Modernity and its Outcasts. Polity Books.