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Master 2018/2019

Comparative Migration Policy

Category 'Best Course for New Knowledge and Skills'
Type: Compulsory course (Comparative Social Research)
Area of studies: Sociology
Delivered by: School of Sociology
When: 1 year, 1 module
Mode of studies: Full time
Instructors: Lili Di Puppo
Master’s programme: Comparative Soсial Research
Language: English
ECTS credits: 4

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The seminar researches and compares the variety of political and societal reactions towards immigration in the Global North and West (USA, Canada, European Union, Russia). We will explore basic characteristics of border, migration and citizenship regimes and discuss mechanisms and actors of regulation. The course relies on a body of empirical and theoretical research in political science and sociology that deal with the question under what conditions do migration policies change and what factors affect the degree of convergence or divergence between national immigration regimes. Towards the end of the course students will have acquired an informed and critical understanding of migration politics using different social science approaches.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • to study seminal texts in the field of migration politics and become familiar with central concepts within this research area
  • to learn to apply different theoretical approaches that seek to account for the variety of immigration policies and provide an understanding of immigration policy change
  • to provide a comprehensive overview of the political regulation of migration through border control and immigration policies at the example of the USA, Canada, countries of the EU and Russia
  • to learn to criticize and evaluate the possibilities and limits of different theoretical approaches to understand current developments in migration policy (“Europe’s migration crisis”)
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • to have an informed and critical understanding of different social science approaches in the field of migration politics
  • to be able to embed migration research in a more general understanding of contemporary society, social change and power relations
  • to know about commonalities and differences of migration regimes in different states of the Global North
  • to be able to transfer theoretical knowledge of migration research to current political developments in immigration states
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction
    The first session will provide an overview of different theoretical perspectives on the political regulation of migration and lay out the course plan and requirements from student participation. We will collect different aspects of migration that are subject of political regulation and discuss the current relevance of these issues.
  • How to study the political regulation of migration?
  • How migration policy is produced?
  • Why migration policy fails? Part I
  • Why migration policy fails? Part II
  • Why migration policy changes?
  • What does migration policy tells us about constructions of identity, struggles of belonging and power relations?
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking position paper 1
  • non-blocking position paper 2
  • non-blocking position paper 3
  • non-blocking position paper 4
  • non-blocking presentation of own position in class
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (1 module)
    0.2 * position paper 1 + 0.2 * position paper 2 + 0.2 * position paper 3 + 0.2 * position paper 4 + 0.2 * presentation of own position in class
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • After the reflexive turn in migration studies: towards the doing migration approach. (2017). Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.72E47462
  • Alla A Lysenko. (2019). Influence of Migration Policy of the Russian Federation on Development of the Far East in 1990-2000S. RUDN Journal of Political Science, (2), 218. https://doi.org/10.22363/2313-1438-2019-21-2-218-226
  • Balch, A. (2017). Managing labour migration in Europe: ideas knowledge and policy change. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edssch&AN=edssch.oai%3aescholarship.org%2fark%3a%2f13030%2fqt3cw9z22t
  • Castles, S. (2004). Why migration policies fail. Ethnic & Racial Studies, 27(2), 205–227. https://doi.org/10.1080/0141987042000177306
  • Introduction. Postcolonial Migrations and Identity Politics: Towards a Comparative Perspective. (2012). Berghahn. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsnar&AN=edsnar.oai.openaccess.leidenuniv.nl.1887.31832
  • Mihai Păunică, Ileana Cosmina Pitulice, & Aurelia Ștefănescu. (2017). International Migration from Public Health Systems. Case of Romania. Amfiteatru Economic, (46), 742. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsdoj&AN=edsdoj.62276e21dc30483284b29d98f42c9eff
  • Sabine Hess, & Bernd Kasparek. (2017). Under Control? Or Border (as) Conflict: Reflections on the European Border Regime. Social Inclusion, (3), 58. https://doi.org/10.17645/si.v5i3.1004

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • de Haas, H., Natter, K., & Vezzoli, S. (2015). Conceptualizing and measuring migration policy change. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.23ED9C48
  • GÜMÜŞ, Y. K. (2010). Can Liberal States Control Unwanted Migration? International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 5(5), 33–40. https://doi.org/10.18848/1833-1882/CGP/v05i05/51702
  • Horizontal and vertical diversity: Unintended consequences of EU external migration policy. (2019). Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.185A8F1A
  • Lavenex, S. (2016). Regional migration governance. Switzerland, Europe: Oxford University Press (Oxford). Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.C9048CA4
  • Re-thinking the politics of migration. On the uses and challenges of regime perspectives for migration research. (2017). Migration Studies, 5(3), 301–314. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsnar&AN=edsnar.oai.library.wur.nl.wurpubs.535896
  • Trauner, F., & Wolff, S. (2014). The Negotiation and Contestation of EU Migration Policy Instruments: A Research Framework. European Journal of Migration & Law, 16(1), 1–18. https://doi.org/10.1163/15718166-00002046
  • Waldinger, R. D., & Soehl, T. (2010). The Political Sociology of International Migration: Borders, Boundaries, Rights and Politics. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edssch&AN=edssch.oai%3aescholarship.org%2fark%3a%2f13030%2fqt2tz4r9q6