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Archived Version 2020 - 2021

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NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module seeks to provide a critical examination of contemporary issues in European migration law and policy. It will focus on the main rules and institutions of European migration law. At the same time, it will give the necessary tools to critically reflect on some of the most important issues and tensions that define the European legal order today: from the assumptions and objectives that define the European integration project, to the discourses on the migration crisis, to migrants' deaths in the Mediterranean, to their treatment in the EU and the controversial externalisation and securitisation of migration control.

Learning Outcomes

1. Achieve a deep understanding of emerging issues in European migration law and policy
2. Contextualise and critically evaluate contemporary and emerging European migration law and policy issues
3. Understand and analyse how European migration law and policy issues have been approached in some key cases of the Court of Justice of the EU and the European Court of Human Rights
4. Become familiar with literature on these issues
5. Engage in research on a self-identified European migration law and policy issue, to make a presentation and write a paper that demonstrates critical engagement with this issue

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture22Students attendance at lectures
Class Presentation12Students observe and make a class presentation
Assignment Completion84Students complete their assignment on an emerging issue in European law and policy
Independent Study132No Description
Total Workload: 250

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

Course Outline
What are the main issues and challenges addressed by European Migration Law and policy today? How does this relate to the European integration project? How can we critically analyse the contemporary developments and policy projects related to international migration to Europe? How can we approach the recent transformations in the legal and political landscape since the height of the so-called migration crisis? What does it mean for those who seek to migrate to Europe and what does it say about Europe?

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
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
Indicative Reading List

  • P. Boeles et al.: 2014, European Migration Law, Intersentia,
  • Cathryn Costello: 0, The Human Rights of Migrants and Refugees in European Law, Oxford University Press,
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