Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC2091: Immigration in Western Societies

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

Module Aims

The aim of this module is to introduce you to the study of ethnic minorities in Western countries based on the analysis of quantitative data, and to provide you with analytical tools required to reach evidence-based conclusions about immigrants and immigration in a comparative perspective. Knowledge of immigration in Europe and practical skills of data analysis are required in various fields, such as policy making, media, business, and the academia.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. demonstrate good knowledge of main theoretical concepts and empirical findings in the study of ethnic minorities and immigrants;
2. correctly interpret results of quantitative studies of ethnic minorities and immigrants published in academic journals that applied some statistical techniques;
Discipline-Specific Skills3. independently conduct simple descriptive analysis of quantitative data using basic statistical concepts (means, frequency tables, some statistical graphs, etc.);
4. assess strengths and weaknesses of quantitative research designs in sociology at the introductory level;
Personal and Key Skills5. competently communicate results of independent research in written form to the deadline;
6. actively participate in class discussions providing well-defined arguments;
7. make a structured oral presentation using computer slides; and
8. demonstrate the ability to work independently, within a limited time frame, and without access to external sources, to complete a specified task.