SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MML125538
Module Leader Umut Korkut
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Economics
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

Following theoretical and empirical approaches, this module explores international migration through the process of globalisation. It elaborates on the economics, gender, security, development, geography, justice, and climate related aspects of migration. It includes forced migration, economic migration as well as mobility of European Union citizens. It develops and teaches governances techniques in view of current issues of migration. Its context is both developing and developed world. It will provide students with transferable skills by proving a critical knowledge of migration theories, methodologies and a range of research techniques to underpin an extensive and independent research project in their cognate area. Furthermore, it will provide students with a deep understanding of the theories of globalisation, and governance structures and techniques to understand the underlying relationships between migration, globalisation and governance. These skills will be developed in a supportive environment through seminars resulting in the preparation of a detailed independent research. Summary of PRIME related challenges and themes : Students will be encouraged to identify and investigate contemporary research topics which directly address issues which confront public and private sector organisations and how such dilemmas, for example, legal, ethical, economical, international business, financial and/or governance related issues may be successfully researched.


Weeks 1-2: Critically examining migration, governance and globalisation theories including sourcing and critically exploring secondary sources. Week 3: Analytically elaborating on international economics and social justice at the nexus of migration, governance and globalisation. Week 4: Conceptual issues including economics, gender, security, development, geography, and climate related aspects of migration. Week 5: Governance theories and processes. Week 6-7: Real world issues under the spectre of global migration and its impacts on the developed and developing world. Week 8: Human rights, human dignity and solidarity issues. Week 9: Understanding diversity and ethical processes affecting migration research. Week 10-12: Contextualising theoretical knowledge within empirical analysis in order to conceptualise international economics and social justice based on global migration and governance perspectives.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:Knowledge-based skills:1. Critically evaluate migration, globalisation, and governance theories2. Identify a range of real world events that would underpin theories3. Identify and critically discuss economics, gender, security, development, geography, and climate related aspects of migration.Practical-based skills:4. Adopt a critical approach to the selection and use of topics at the nexus of migration, globalisation and governance5. Evidence ability to analyse qualitative and quantitative data.6. Apply and develop discursive governance techniques in view of migration studies.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module will be offered through a combination of lectures and seminars. This will be supported via GCU Learn which will be used to encourage further reading and to introduce users to on-line sources. A series of student led seminars will be based upon applied research and case studies. The seminars will be clustered by themed routes such as economics, gender, security, development, geography, and climate related aspects of migration, and provide a supportive and collaborative learning environment for all participants. The seminars will allow for on-going formative feedback throughout the academic session to ensure student engagement and understanding of the topic areas.

Indicative Reading

Essential Betts, Alexander (2012) Global Migration Governance , Oxford University Press. Glick Schiller, Nina and Faist, Thomas (2010) Migration, Development, and Transnationalization (Critical Interventions: A Forum for Social Analysis) , Berghahn Books. King, Russell (2018) Migration and Development: Theory and Empirical Research , Policy Press Supplementary Arango, J. (2004). Theories of International Migration. In D. Joly (ed.), International Migration and the New Millennium . Aldershot: Ashgate, 15-36. Arnold, G. (2012). Migration: Changing the World . London: Pluto. Bakewell, O. (2010). Some Reflections on Structure and Agency in Migration Theory, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies , 36(19): 1689-1708 Blunt, A. (2007). Cultural Geographies of Migration: Mobility, Transnationality and Diaspora, Progress in Human Geography , 31(4): 684-694. Borjas, G.J. (1989). Economic Theory of International Migration, International Migration Review , 23(3): 457-485. Brettell, C. B., & Hollifield, J. F. (eds.) (2008). Migration Theory. Talking Across Disciplines . New York: Routledge. Castles, S. (2010). Understanding Global Migration: A Social Transformation Perspective, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies , 36(10): 1565-1586. Cohen, R. (1996). Introduction, in Cohen, R. (ed.) Theories of Migration . Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, xi-xvii. Cohen, R. (2008). Global Diasporas: An Introduction . London: Routledge, 2nd edition. Colucello, R. and Massey, S. (2015). Eurafrican Migration: Legal, Economic and Social Responses to Irregular Migration , Palgrave. de Haas, H. (2010a). Migration and Development: A Theoretical Review, International Migration Review , 44(1): 227-264. de Haas, H. (2010b). The Internal Dynamics of Migration Processes: A Theoretical Inquiry, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies , 36(10): 1587-1687. Faist, T. (2010). Towards Transnational Studies: World Theories, Transnationalisation and Changing Institutions, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies , 36(10): 1665-1687. Faist, T., Fauser, M., and Kivisto, P. (eds.) (2018) The Migration-Development Nexus: A Transnational Perspective . Palgrave. Favell, A. (2008). Re-booting Migration Theory: Interdisciplinarity, Globality and Postdisciplinarity in Migration Studies, in C. B. Brettell, & J. F. Hollifield (eds.), Migration Theory. Talking Across Disciplines. New York: Routledge, 259-278. Geddes, A. and Boswell, C. (2010). Migration and Mobility in the EU . Basingstoke: Palgrave. Ghosh, B. (1998). Huddled Masses and Uncertain Shores. Insights into Irregular Migration . The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers. Gyollai, D. and Amatrudo, A. (2018). Controlling irregular migration: International human rights standards and the Hungarian legal framework, European Journal of Criminology. https://doi.org/10.1177/1477370818772776 Iosifides, T. (2011). Methods in Migration Research: A Critical Realist Approach . Aldershot: Ashgate. Jansen, C. (1969). Some Sociological Aspects of Migration, in Jackson, J.A. (ed.) Migration . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 60-73. Jordan, B. and Dfcvell, F. (2002). Irregular Migration: The Dilemmas of Transnational Mobility . Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. Kaufmann, V., Bergman, M.M. and Joye, D. (2004). Motility: mobility as capital, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research , 28(4): 745-756 Khory, K. R. (ed) (2012 ) Global migration: Challenges in the twenty-first century Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Karamanidou, L. (2017) 'Historical Experiences of Migration in Political Discourse in Greece: Using Critical Discourse Analysis to Explore Policy Legitimation' Middle East Journal of Refugee Studies 2(2): 162-181 Karamanidou, L. (2016) 'Violence against migrants in Greece: beyond the Golden Dawn' Ethnic and Racial Studies , 39 (11): 2002-2021 Karamanidou, L. (2015) 'The securitisation of European Migration Policies: Perception of Threat and Management of Risk' in Lazaridis, G. and Wadia, K. (eds) The Securitisation of migration in the EU: Debates since 9/11, Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan? Korkut, Umut et. al. (eds.) Politics and Discourse of Migration in Europe , London and New York: Palgrave. Korkut, Umut et. al. (eds.) Discursive Governance in Politics, Policy and Public Sphere , London and New York: Palgrave. Modood, T., Salt, J. (eds) (2011) Global migration, ethnicity and Britishness Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Penninx, R., Berger, M. and Kraal, M. (2006) The dynamics of international migration and settlement in Europe: a state of the art Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press Triandafyllidou, A., & Gropas, R. (2007) European immigration: A sourcebook Aldershot: Ashgate.

Transferrable Skills

Generic skills : -360b7 Demonstrate the ability to apply theoretical knowledge to the analysis and resolution of real world problems b7 Develop critical approaches towards to reach solutions at the nexus of migration, governance and globalisation Employability skills : -360b7 Ability to analyse and evaluate the theoretical and empirical aspects of a problem, b7 Professional and personal communication skills geared towards problem-solving. Digital skills: -360b7 Ability to comprehend and analyse digital data both in textual and visual format in relation to migration, globalisation and governance.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (FT) 24.00
Lectures (FT) 12.00
Independent Learning (FT) 74.00
Assessment (FT) 40.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 02 n/a 70.00 45% Final Paper (3000 words)
Course Work 01 n/a 30.00 45% Position Paper on Selected theme (1500 words)