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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title The Politics of Migration in Europe
Module Code LG394
School School of Law & Government
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Sarah Léonard
Semester 2: Sarah Léonard
Autumn: Sarah Léonard
Module TeachersSarah Léonard
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

Migration has been one of the most salient issues in Europe in the last decades, featuring heavily in several electoral campaigns. This module examines the challenges associated with migration and the questions that migration flows have raised with regard to the status of national borders and national membership. It also considers the ways in which European states have sought to address these challenges, notably through developing cooperation at the European Union and international levels. In addition to the examination of the relevant migration concepts and theories, the module engages with case studies and policy practices.

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify the key dimensions of political debates concerning migration
2. Analyse and interpret policy documents and other written material concerning migration issues
3. Interpret debates concerning the issue of migration from different theoretical perspectives
4. Explain the roles of national governments, the European Union, international organisations and non-governmental organisations in the governance of migration in Europe
5. Clearly summarise and communicate complex ideas in writing

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture22No Description
Independent Study103No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

The challenges of migration & key concepts

Migration movements in a historical perspective

Theories of migration

Refugees and the asylum regime

Asylum and migration in Europe

Immigration and politics in Europe

Mobility and migration controls

The development of the European Union policies on asylum, migration and border controls

Multiculturalism, integration and xenophobia

Migration, security and terrorism in Europe

Climate change and migration movements

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
EssayA 3,000 word-essay based on a list of essay titles provided at the beginning of the semesteR100%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Christina Boswell: 2003, uropean Migration Policies in Flux: Changing Patterns of Inclusion and Exclusion, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford,
  • Andrew Geddes, Leila Hadj-Abdou and Leiza Brumat: 2020, Migration and Mobility in the European Union, 2nd, Red Globe Press, London,
  • Andrew Geddes and Peter Scholten: 2016, The Politics of Migration and Immigration in Europe, 2nd, Sage, London,
  • Sarah Léonard and Christian Kaunert: 2019, Refugees, Security and the European Union, Routledge, London,
  • Migreurop: 2019, The Atlas of Migration in Europe: A Critical Geography of Migration Policies, Routledge, London,
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