Undergraduate Module Descriptor
SSI2006: Immigration in Western Societies
This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.
Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics.
The lectures provide a general discussion of major theoretical and empirical issues in the study of immigrants/ethnic minorities. We will discuss immigration in a comparative perspective, but the main focus will be on the UK.
- Brief history of immigration in the 20 th century. 'Push' and 'pull' factors affecting immigration.
- Ethnic minorities in the labour market. Discrimination.
- The second generation of immigrants in the educational system and labour market. ‘Segmented assimilation’. - Immigrants and ethnic minorities in the political system.
- Public attitudes to immigrants and immigration.
- Immigration policy.
- Computer lab sessions introduce students to survey data analysis with R, covering the following topics:
- Measurement and data sets. Variables and observations. Measurement scales.
- Distributions. Mean, median, variance. Frequency tables.
- Data visualisation.
- Contingency tables.
- Statistical inference.
Learning and Teaching
This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||16.5||11 lectures of 1.5 hours each|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||11||11 x 1 hour computer lab seminars|
|Guided independent study||33||11 x 3 hour course readings and assignments for seminars and lab sessions|
|Guided independent study||89.5||Independent reading and research for essays; writing essays|
This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).