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2009/10 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

SLSP5118M Race, Gender and Migration

30 creditsClass Size: 20

Module manager: Dr Rodanthi Tzanelli

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2009/10

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary



On completion of this module, students should:
- have an awareness of current debates on migration, asylum and trafficking and of how these are linked into debates on race, gender and globalisation;
- have an understanding of how debates on migration are shaped by historical and colonial legacies;
- have an appreciation and understanding of how race and gender intersect to shape migration patterns, individual experiences and national identity;
- be able to work independently and use their initiative and intellectual curiosity to develop an argument in an essay on a selected topic;
- be able to critically engage with sociological texts.


Race and gender inequalities are both a cause and a product of migration. This module explores the intersection between structured gendered and racialised inequalities and migration. It looks at the historical roots of migration and the impact of migration on the development of racisms, gendered structures and identities. It will then focus on contemporary theories of migration to explore how the structures underpinning migration are racialised and gendered and reinforce inequalities.

To highlight these issues the course will look at contemporary debates on domestic workers, trafficking, refugees and asylum seekers in Europe in order to trace how current understandings of immigration are racialised and gendered.

It will also look at the responses of EU policy concerning issues of immigration over the past decade and explore why it is increasingly difficult for certain nationalities and ethnic groups to reach and stay in Western European countries.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours278.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

- 10 hours reading for seminars 10 x 11 = 110 hours
- 20 hours reading and preparing for seminar presentation 1 x 20 = 20 hours
- Preparation and writing for assessed work: 1 x 150 = 148 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

One group seminar preparation to be informally assessed.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
EssayNo longer than 6,000 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 09/03/2010


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