United Kingdom, London

Migration, Radicalisation & the Law

when 25 July 2016 - 12 August 2016
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 ECTS
fee GBP 1450

This course constitutes a socio-legal study of how, and with what outcomes, migration, religious and cultural diversity, and radicalisation is being managed in Britain. Drawing on insights from theory and practice, the course will introduce students to contemporary debates, familiarises them with critical human rights issues, and appraises alternative possibilities of managing multicultural and pluri-legal challenges, including radicalisation and terrorism. The course comprises of 9 topics, organised in three parts, taught over three weeks. Part 1 focuses on migration, part 2 on the management of racial, religious and cultural diversity, and part 3 on radicalisation, terrorism and security risks. In each part we connect general themes and particular cases studies, involving criminal, public and/or human rights law. Topics in part 1 include immigration as a political, social and regulatory issue, problems and issues with the regulation of migration, and a conceptual and theoretical examination of how immigration relates to multiculturalism and legal pluralism.

Topics in part 2 include a critical examination of the legal regulation of racial and religious harassment, the interaction of ethnic minorities with both the mental health and criminal justice system. In this part we look in particular at the publication of cartoons satirising the prophet of Islam, and we assess the reasons for the overrepresentation of particular groups in both mental health institutions and in our Criminal Justice System. In part 3 we examine how, and with what outcomes, radicalisation and terrorism are being addressed in Britain. We also critically consider alternative socio-legal responses to these security risks. Although built on a common core of covered material, the course enables much room for individual specialisation by students. Uniquely, learning is also supplemented by a trip to the Royal Courts of Justice and by sessions from leading practitioners in the various fields.

Course leader

Professor Werner Menski and Sham Qayyum

Target group

Current students, professionals + leisure learners

Course aim

On successful completion of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate the ability to:

An understanding of core themes in contemporary immigration, diversity management and counter-terrorism studies
An understanding of the connection between general analytical themes and particular cases and situations.
An understanding of what possibilities there are for managing inter-ethnic and inter-legal clashes.

Credits info

7.5 ECTS
Students are usually able to obtain credits from their home institution and typically our courses receive 3 credits in the US system and 7.5 ECTS in the European system. If you intend to claim credits from your home institution, please check the requirements with them before you enrol. We will be happy to assist you in any way we can, however please be aware that the decision to award credits rests with your home institution.

Assessment will be optional and will vary for each course. Participants will be provided with a certificate of attendance and transcripts will be available on request.

Fee info

GBP 1450: Tuition
A tuition fee of £1450 will be charged per 3-week programme. This figure does not include accommodation fees.

Application fee
A one-off, non-refundable application fee of £60 will be charged to cover administration costs. Please visit the SOAS online store to make your application fee payment.

An early bird discount of 10% is available if fees are paid by 31 March 2016.
15% discount for SOAS Alumni or if you take a combination of sessions 2 and 3.
20% discount for current SOAS students and our partner institutions.
Other discounts are available for groups, please contact us for further information.

Accommodation is available at an extra fee of £700 for 20 nights. For more details of how to reserve a room please our accommodation page.


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