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2017/18 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

GEOG3981 Spaces of Migration and Encounter

20 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Dr. Nichola Wood

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2017/18

This module is mutually exclusive with

GEOG3982Spaces of Migration and Encounter: Concepts and Contemporary

Module replaces

GEOG3055 Geographies of EncounterGEOG3095 Geographies of Migration

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module explores the experiences and challenges of living in an era of super-mobility and super-diversity over the course of three interrelated blocks. The first block encourages students to develop a conceptual understanding of the geographies of (trans)nationalism, migration, cosmopolitanism and super-diversity through a critical appreciation of the main theoretical approaches to these topics. The second block explores contemporary experiences of migration focusing on the social, cultural, political and economic dimensions of migration and the transnational/translocal processes that underpin and emerge from such mobility. The final block explores the challenges of encountering and living with difference and the social, cultural and political impacts that migration is having on both migrant and ‘host’ communities. The module will involve lectures, discussions, reading and reflection, and is assessed through an essay (that allows students to explore the concepts introduced in block I), an annotated newspaper review (which offers students the opportunity to use their conceptual knowledge to understand ‘real world’ debates and events) and a podcast (giving students the opportunity to explore the links between migration, and encounters with difference in more depth). The module develops themes introduced at Level 2 in GEOG2055 Citizenship and Identity and GEOG2020 Political and Development Geographies but is accessible to students who have not taken these modules.


By the end of this module students who have engaged well with the syllabus should be able to:
1. demonstrate a critical and conceptual understanding of inter-disciplinary scholarship on migration, cosmopolitanism, super-diversity and (trans)nationalism.
2. use the theories and concepts explored above to analyse real-world experiences of migration and encounters with social and cultural difference.
3. appreciate the diverse, dynamic and contested nature of debates surrounding migration, cosmopolitanism, super-diversity and (trans)nationalism.
4. understand the motivations and experiences that lie behind migratory decisions and experiences;
5. use academic, journalistic and electronic information sources to inform their critical analysis of migration and encounters with difference.
6. express their understanding in written and digital formats.

Learning outcomes
1. An understanding of the main ideas and approaches of the geographies of migration and encounters with difference.
2. Knowledge of the processes underpinning people’s mobilities in a globalized world and the diverse experiences and challenges of living with difference.
3. Appreciation of the importance of spaces, places and connections between them in the constitution of social, cultural, political and economic dimensions of migration and encounters with difference;
4. An understanding of the embodied, material, social and cultural aspects of migration and encounter in addition to the broader inequities of global migration regimes;
5. Skills in the identification and acquisition of literature and other sources of information, knowledge of techniques of information retrieval, analysis and presentation in written formats.
6. Skills in producing podcasts.
7. Skills in oral communication and debating and discussing socially and politically sensitive topics.


The indicative syllabus for this module includes:

Migration and nationalism: Concepts and interconnections
Super-diverse streets
Cosmopolitanism: Identity and intersectionality
Transnationalism, translocalism and diaspora
Sending states and diaspora strategies
Transnational families
Transnational home and belonging
Gender and migration
Labour Migration: the ‘top’ and ‘bottom’ end
Lived Experience of Social Difference
Micropublics and meaningful encounters
Emotional geographies of belonging and alienation
Tolerance and agonism
Sexual citizenship
Rise of populist politics and the new right

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Film Screenings12.002.00
Coursework Discussion Session11.001.00
Private study hours160.00
Total Contact hours40.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

- Reading in preparation for seminars (42 hrs)
- Wider reading around lecture material (38 hrs)
- Preparation of an assessed essay (32 hrs)
- Preparation of an assessed annotated newspaper article review (16 hrs)
- Preparation of an assessed podcast documentary (32 hrs)

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Weekly discussion in seminars to test understanding of key ideas and debates
- Written feedback given on an assessed essay in semester one to ensure an understanding of the theoretical foundations underpinning the module.
- Written feedback on an assessed annotated newspaper article review to ensure an ability to connect module themes/ideas to ‘real-world’ debates and events.
- Opportunity to discuss the development of the podcast assessment in the weekly seminars.
- Written feedback given on podcast task.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1800 words40.00
Written WorkAnnotated Newspaper Review - 750 words20.00
AssignmentPodcast - 1800 word equivalent per student40.00
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: 09/05/2017


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