Undergraduate Module Descriptor
SSI2006: Immigration in Western Societies
This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 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 20th century. 'Push' and 'pull' factors affecting immigration.
- Ethnic minorities in the labour market. Discrimination.
- The second generation in the educational system and labour market. ‘Segmented assimilation’.
- Immigrants and ethnic minorities in the political system.
- Public attitudes to immigrants and immigration.
- Immigration policies.
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 activity||22||11 x lectures and seminars of 2 hours each (or 1 hour lecture + 1 hour seminar / tutorial)|
|Guided independent study||33||11 x 3 hour course readings and assignments for seminars|
|Guided independent study||95||Independent reading and research for essay and presentation|
This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).
- ELE – https://vle.exeter.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=9587
- The Migration Observatory < http://migrationobservatory.ox.ac.uk >