Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL2091: Immigration in Western Societies

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Alexey Bessudnov (Lecturer)

Available via distance learning


Immigration has recently moved to the centre of public debate in many Western countries. Do immigrants contribute positively to national economies or do they simply take unfair advantage of welfare systems? How do immigrant children do in schools compared to the local population? What drives public opinion about immigrants and immigration? In this course we will study how ethnic minorities perform in the labour markets and educational systems in the countries that attract a large number of immigrants, such as the UK, the USA, Germany and France. You will learn main theoretical approaches to the study of ethnic minorities and immigrants, as well as empirical findings from the most recent research. There are no pre-requisites for this module that is suitable for all social science students.

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