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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

GEOG3982 Spaces of Migration and Encounter: Concepts and Contemporary Experiences

10 creditsClass Size: 21

Module manager: Dr. Nichola Wood

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is mutually exclusive with

GEOG3981Spaces of Migration and Encounter

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 two interrelated blocks. The first block encourages students to develop a conceptual understanding of the geographies of migration, refuge/asylum, nationalism and cosmopolitanism 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 module will involve lectures, discussions, reading and reflection, and is assessed through an essay. 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, refuge/asylum and nationalism.
2. appreciate the diverse, dynamic and contested nature of debates surrounding migration, cosmopolitanism, refuge/asylum and nationalism.
3. understand the motivations and experiences that lie behind migratory decisions and experiences;
4. use academic, journalistic and electronic information sources to inform their critical analysis of migration and encounters with difference.
5. express their understanding in a written format.

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.
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 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 oral communication and debating and discussing socially and politically sensitive topics.

Skills outcomes


The syllabus will consider a range of topics including concepts of migration and encounter,cosmopolitanism, nationalism, and humanitarianism. It will also explore contemporary experiences of migration (e.g. border issues, refuge/asylum, migrant activism and solidarity).

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Directed Study61.006.00
Private study hours79.00
Total Contact hours21.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

- Reading in preparation for seminars (13 hrs)
- Wider reading around lecture material (31 hrs)
- Preparation of an assessed essay (35 hrs)

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Fortnightly discussion in seminars to test understandings of key ideas and debates.
- At least fortnightly Q&A opportunities (on the weeks when there is not a seminar) to discuss questions raised by the lectures and the assessment preparation.
- Written feedback given on an assessed essay.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2000 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: 29/04/2022 15:32:20


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