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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

PIED5660M Ethics and Politics of Migration and Citizenship

30 creditsClass Size: 120

Module manager: Dr James Souter

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

In recent decades, migration and citizenship have become important and controversial issues within liberal-democratic states. This module examines key debates in contemporary political theory on these phenomena. The first part of the module explores ethical and political questions surrounding the admission of migrants and refugees by states, relating in particular to practices of border control and the grounds on which liberal-democratic states aim to distinguish between different kinds of entrant. The second part of the module studies the ethics and politics of membership, focusing on formal and informal kinds of citizenship that migrants may access or be denied within other states.


The aim of this module is to familiarise students with contemporary debates in contemporary political theory on migration and citizenship. Students are expected to be able to discuss some of the key ethical and political challenges surrounding recent patterns of migration and understandings of citizenship, with a focus on the experiences of liberal-democratic states.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will be able to:
1. Identify, explain and discuss key concepts and debates around migration and citizenship in contemporary political theory.
2. Critically engage with these debates, and appreciate the complexity of competing arguments within them.
3. Discuss how the field of political theory can help to generate knowledge and critical reflection on migration and citizenship
4. Explain and make connections between the theoretical perspectives of migration and contemporary challenges, problems, and issues.

Skills Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will be able to:
1. Communicate ideas accurately, effectively, and persuasively in writing and in group discussions.
2. Identify and analyse relevant information in order to develop and defend informed arguments.
3. Plan and develop an independent piece of written research.


Details of the syllabus will be provided on the Minerva organisation (or equivalent) for the module

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours178.00
Private study hours100.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

The main mechanism for formative student feedback will be through mid-term formative draft work of 1,000 words of material towards their final essay. Students will be provided with written feedback on their submissions, and will have the opportunity to discuss their plans and arguments during the module staff’s academic support hours. 1,000 word formative essay draft

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
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: 29/04/2024 16:19:21


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