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Borders and migration (PO9A2)

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Topics covered

The following is an indicative list of topics; the precise seminar content and order may change slightly from year to year.

  • Borders, migration and sovereignty
  • Borders, migration and citizenship
  • Borders, migration and security
  • Borders, migration and free movement
  • The migrant worker
  • The refugee
  • The irregular migrant
  • Transforming exclusionary borders?

This module explores the political and ethical implications of contemporary practices of regulating borders and migration. It fosters appreciation of various conceptual and methodological approaches to the critical analysis of borders and migration, while examining the contested politics of human mobility across a range of global contexts. The module emphasizes in particular the ways in which processes of governing cross-border migrations are implicated in the making and governing of political subjects.

Programme content

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The module has been designed to enable students to develop a critical appreciation of different conceptual and methodological approaches to the analysis of borders and migration. It fosters skills in applying such approaches with reference to case studies across a range of global contexts and political sites, and encourages reflection on the political and ethical implications of contemporary practices of regulating borders and migration. Specifically, the module enables students to critically reflect upon regulatory technologies and their contestation in relation to the making and governing of political subjects. It also enables students to critically reflect on the relationship between political categories or values and the production of academic knowledge about borders and migration.

This module acts as a stand-alone module for students on all PAIS MA programmes, but may be of particular interest to those studying International Security and International Relations. The module is also of interest as an option for students in related subjects, such as Sociology.

Module Director:
Reiko Shindo

CATS: 20 (term 1)

Sample reading list (PDF Document)