Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL2091: Immigration in Western Societies

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 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 (Convenor)


SOC1004/POL1008 and SOC1041/POL1041



Available via distance learning


Immigration has recently moved to the centre of public debate in many Western countries. In this module you will tackle key political debates relating to debates on immigration. For example, do immigrants contribute positively to national economies or do they simply take unfair advantage of welfare systems? How do immigrant children perform in schools compared to the local population? What drives public opinion about immigrants and immigration? In this course we will study how  first and second generation immigrants 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. The module has a data analytic component and you will be required to undertake empirical analysis of survey data about immigration and ethnic minorities in R. The pre-requisites for this module are SOC1004/POL1008 (Introduction to Social Data) and SOC1041/POL1041 (Data Analysis in Social Science I).

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