United Kingdom, London

Contemporary Migration Challenges

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

This course familiarises participants with major issues and controversies within migration research by examining specific case studies from Africa, the Middle East and East Asia. The field of migration studies is unique in its interdisciplinary formation; students learn this by exploring the many challenges involved with large scale migration. Looking at the demography and economics of migration through the lens of political science and mainstream sociological approaches, students address a number of issues including the gendered aspects of migration policy; the challenges of cultural diversity; the emerging field of social and political remittances; and the impact of migration on demography and labour markets.

Course leader

Gerasimos Tsourapas , Dr Laura Hammond and Dr Parvarthi Raman

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 academic literatures and debates on international migration and diaspora politics, combined with a strong grasp of migration flows across different regions.
The ability to present and employ theories and approaches from across social sciences that help to explain and understand the international dynamics of migration and diaspora politics.
The ability to critically engage with the academic and policy literature in migration studies, to present and critique competing scholarly arguments.

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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