LAS 381 • INTERNATIONAL MIGRATION
9:00 AM-12:00 PM
This course provides a theoretical and methodological overview of human migration across national borders. Stressing theories of migration decision-making, applied methodological approaches, and evaluations of migration effects at origin and destination, the course is divided into five thematic sections. The first section deals with basic theories and types of migration, while the second section focuses upon methodological approaches and the challenges of measuring various types of migration flows. The third section is devoted to assessments of migrants themselves, focusing on issues of selectivity (including gender), expected duration, patterns of assimilation, remittances practices and the rise of transnational identities. The fourth section will focus on international and national attempts to regulate various types of international migration flows, focusing on issues of efficacy and the effect of regulation on the composition of migrant flows. The fifth and final section will focus on the link between international migration and other large scale social processes such as health (including HIV/AIDS), population aging, economic development, and political stability within sending and receiving regions. The readings for the course will be international in scope, including a special emphasis on the migration into and out of the United States and the Former Soviet Union. At the completion of the seminar participants are expected to be able to discuss the main theoretical approaches to the study of international migration, identify the critical factors differentiating various types of migration flows, assess various migration estimation procedures and data sources, and evaluate the social, political and economic issues associated with various types of migration at the origin and destination.
Preliminary Course Materials
There are four required books for the course. They are available through the UT COOP and can also be easily ordered on line:
1. Brettell and Hollifeld. 2000. Migration Theory: Talking Across the Disciplines. Routledge. ISBN 0415926114
2. Castles and Miller 2003. The Age of Migration. Guilford Press. ISBN 1572309008
3. Sassen. 2000. Guests and Alliens. New Press. ISBN 1565846087
4. Massey, et.al. 1998. Worlds in Motion. Clarendon Press. ISBN 0198294425
5. Hammar, Brochman and Tamas. 1997. "International Migration, Immobility and Development : Multidisciplinary Perspectives," Berg Publishishing.
Optional Texts (excellent references for those of you with a serious interest in migration)
5, Castles and Davidson. 2000.Citizenship and Migration. Routeledge ISBN 04115927145
6. Massey and Taylor. 2004. International Migration : Prospects and Policies in a Global Market (International Studies in Demography)