Course Description

Course Name

International Migration: Trends, Causes and Impacts

Session: VSVS1121

Hours & Credits

45 Contact Hours

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


Description: This course explores the theme of immigration, combining an anthropological perspective that causes and trends and links those trends with political decisions, policies and governments. By comparing the scenario in Europe and in the USA, students shall gain a general understanding of recent migration trends, causes, and the overall socio-cultural, political and economic impact of these movements. The responses of political bodies to this demographic evolution shall be studied along with the effects of emigration on the countries of origin.

Learning outcomes:

This course will teach participants:

1. Students will gain knowledge in the following areas:

· Migration as a complex phenomenon with historical, political and social ramifications.

· Current trends in migration, their causes and consequences, focusing on Europe and USA.

· Policy contexts framing international migration at the national, regional and local levels from a holistic perspective.

· International migration from the point of view of sending and receiving societies and focusing on specific population groups.

· The political, social and cultural effects of migration in our societies and current debates about future prospects.

2. Practice based learning:

· Critical sense of international migration issues and current anthropological and political debates.

· Communication, reading and writing skills.

· Time management.

· Giving and accepting feedback.

· Teamwork.

Content (order of content may be modified):

UNIT 1 - INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL MIGRATION TODAY - International migration throughout history: comparing the past and today. - Countries of origin, migration routes and host societies: a transnational approach. - Migration causes and types of movements. - Main theories of international migration.

UNIT 2 - FLOWS AND COMPONENTS - Main flows: o Europe: from the South (Africa and Asia), East (Europe) and West (Latin America). USA: from the South (Latin America) and from the rest of the world. - Statistical and demographic analysis (how many arrive, how and why, who are they, how many return).

UNIT 3 - POLICY FRAMEWORK - Migration policies in Europe and Spain: historical approach - Introduction to migration policies in the USA (students? practical work). - Integration policies: health, education, housing, labour market, - Measuring integration: economic, social, cultural, political, religious

UNIT 4 - ECONOMIC AND DEMOGRAPHIC IMPACT - Global economic and demographic impacts: o In countries of destiny o In countries of origin - Global socioeconomic impacts: o Money and other remittances. o When the young and the best leave? (from brain drain to brain gain)

UNIT 5 - POLITICAL IMPACTS - Political impacts: o Migrants, political participation: transnational perspective o Pro- and anti-immigration politics: in Europe and the USA - International migration and global governance

UNIT 6 - MANAGING CULTURAL AND ETHNIC DIVERSITY - From assimilation and integration to multicultural and intercultural societies - Migrants, ethnic groups and minorities - Relations between natives and migrants

UNIT 7 - WHAT NEXT?: THE INEVITABLE FUTURE? - International migration is here to stay - Emergence of complex mobility strategies - The increasing multi-ethnic and multicultural societies - A return to nationalist policies?

Bibliography: compiled by lecturer and online resources

Course Evaluation:

20% Tasks and attendance

40% Final exam

30% Projects

10% Subjective evaluation (students are expected to come prepared to class and the professor will value that students are showing a mark of improvement)

Spanish Grading Scale:

Matrícula de Honor 10 Sobresaliente 9 – 9,9 Notable 7 – 8,9 Aprobado 5 – 6,9 Suspenso 0 – 4,9 No Asistencia (Student has exceeded the allowed number of unexcused absences)

Please find as a reference the following grading scale conversion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the student’s home university or institution to determine the final grade equivalencies.

Matrícula de Honor = A+ Suspenso = F Sobresaliente = A No presentado = Incomplete (attended Notable = B classes but did not take final exam) Aprobado =C No Asistencia = Incomplete (enrolled in the course but did not attend class)

Appealing grades: The deadline for disputing grades is 30 days from the reception of the certificate at the home university.

Class Attendance: class attendance is mandatory, and attendance is taken at every class meeting and is reflected in the course attendance sheet that is sent to the university.

An 85% of attendance is required for the successful completion of the course. Not missing any class will be considered positively.

If a student exceeds this limit, the grade in the transcript for this subject could appear as “not attended course”.

Attendance is not only class presence. Professors will encourage active class participation and discussion and will be taken into consideration as part of the course evaluation.

Justified absences: Medical Certificates: certificates will be considered only if issued by a physician (not notes from the family explaining the student absence). The certificates must include the exact dates for which a student should be excused for having missed classes.

English expression: The students should express themselves -both orally and in writing- in good, formal English. Particularly in the written partials and quizzes, but also in the oral presentations, good academic expression is essential. Bad, sloppy academic writing (misspellings, deficient syntax, etc.) will be penalized.

Auditors: Courses cannot be audited, thus attendance is possible only for students enrolled in a specific class.

Tardiness: It is expected that students arrive to class on time and that they return directly to class after any given break. Arriving 10 minutes late (or more) and/or early class departures are considered unexcused absences and will be taken into account as half an absence.

Class Protocol: Students are required to be involved in class activities. They are expected to show their preparation by participating in discussions, asking relevant questions, being critical and analytical with the contents presented in class, as well as by sharing their ideas and opinions. In class, the student is required to maintain a polite demeanor always and under every circumstance. Students are asked not to eat in class and to put their cell phones on silence. With the exception of class presentations, laptops are not to be used in class.

Special Accommodations: Students with special needs who require reasonable modifications, special assistance or accommodations in this course (either for properly following-up classes, to take exams, etc.) should direct their requests to Academic Coordination during the first week of the course.

*Course content subject to change