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Migration, Immigration & Social Policy - SPY00053H

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  • Department: Social Policy and Social Work
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Kelly Devenney
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 2 2024-25

Module aims

This module is designed to provide a critical understanding of migration and immigration policy at a national and global level. The module will explore influences on immigration policy (including economic, political and media driven) and the impacts that immigration policy has on particular groups and communities. The module will provide students with the knowledge and understanding to critique and analyse current trends and debates within immigration policy.


  • To explore migration and immigration policy and its relationship to social policy

  • To engage students in current debates about migration and immigration in the UK and abroad

  • To develop students use of critical analysis to understand how policies develop and the various factors that influence policy development in this area

  • To develop students use of critical analysis and research evidence to assess the impacts of policies on groups and communities.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate the development of policy responses to migration and immigration within their historical context.

  2. Understand current debates and controversies within immigration policy and how various actors influence these debates in the UK and internationally

  3. Use research evidence and data to analyse the impact of immigration policies on migrant groups and communities

  4. Apply key concepts in the study of migration and immigration and Social Policy


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Module feedback

Feedback will be given in accordance with the University Policy on feedback in the Guide to Assessment as well as in line with the School policy.

Indicative reading

  • Castles, De Haan & Miller (2019) The age of Migration: International Population Movements in the Modern World

  • Philmore, J (2015) Migration & Social Policy

  • Mayblin & Turner (2020) Migration studies and colonialism

  • Owen, D (2020) What do we owe refugees?

  • Bartram, Poros & Monforte (2014) Key concepts in migration

  • Bloch & McKay (2016) Living on the Margins: Undocumented Migrants in a Global City

  • Freeman, G (2016) Handbook of Migration and Social Policy

  • Lewis, H., Dwyer, P., Hodkinson, S. and Waite, L. (2015) Precarious lives: forced labour, exploitation and asylum, Bristol, The Policy Press

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.