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This course addresses international migration as one of the most pressing and formative issues which shape both European integration, and the relationships of Europe with the rest of the world. It addresses the economic, social, political and policy aspects of international migration in the changing EU and global contexts. The course has particular resonance for students in New Zealand, a country whose society has substantially been shaped by migration to and from Europe and the rest of the world.
International migration probably represents the richest seam of contradictions in the EU at present – as evident in the contestation of freedom of movement rights, the role of skilled migration in increasing competitiveness, responses to the refugee crisis, and challenges to some of the core values and institutions of the EU, as epitomised in the UK’s Brexit decision. More positively, it is also a means to achieve integration, a European identity, and greater European cross-cultural awareness, but these are under threat from the suspension of mobility rights, and the growth of anti-migration popular, and media discourses. The first part of the course sets the scene by examining Europe in context of globalization. It examines the long term development of Europe, and the changing role of migration in this, before focussing on the post 1945 period during which an age of mass migration and growth was replaced by an age of uncertainty, and by the closing of immigration doors. This is followed by a focus on the evolution of the EU and the role that migration has played in this – both in fulfilling its goals, and in generating contradictions that, at time, threaten to undermine the grand project of European integration. The second part of the course focusses on international mobility, and considers the role migration plays in the competitiveness of economies and the welfare of individual migrants. This is followed by analysis of the more political (refugees) and social (integration and diasporas) dimensions of international migration, before concluding with a discussion of how migration is intertwined with other forms of mobility – both investment, and tourism.
The overall goal of this course is to provide an understanding of the role of international migration in Europe, set in context of the changing political economy of Europe in the post 1945 period. At the end of this course, students will understand:1. the current role of international migration in the geopolitical economy of the EU in a globalised world2. how conflicts and co-operation between member states have shaped the evolution of the EU3. the underpinning processes of economic and political change in Europe, especially migration, that have affected its economy and society4. how ongoing political tensions surrounding migration affect Europe's place in the world
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Any 30 points of 100-level Geography, orany 90 points approved by the Head of Department.
Note: The first lecture will be on Monday 8 January 2018!
The test involves answering two questions chosen from a list of 6-8 questions during a two hour test.The project/essay paper title is selected from a list distributed at the start of the course.
Hudson, Ray , Williams, Allan M;
Divided Europe : society and territory;
SAGE Publication, 1999.
There is no single text book for the course. A reading list, and a collection of selected readings, will be made available at the start of the course. Background reading before the start of the course is provided by: HUDSON, R. and WILLIAMS, A. M. , "Divided Europe: Society and Territory", Sage
Library portalThe full Course Outline is available on LEARN (only for students enrolled in this course).
Domestic fee $834.00
International fee $3,888.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
For further information see
School of Earth and Environment on the department and colleges page.