SOC585 Migration, Transnationalism and the City

Faculty of Social Studies
Autumn 2017
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 10 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Teacher(s)
Mgr. Slavomíra Ferenčuhová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. Bernadette Nadya Jaworsky, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Radka Klvaňová, Ph.D., M.A. (lecturer)
Supervisor
prof. PhDr. Ladislav Rabušic, CSc.
Department of Sociology - Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Ing. Soňa Enenkelová
Supplier department: Department of Sociology - Faculty of Social Studies
Timetable
each even Tuesday 11:30–15:00 U34
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 20 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 21/20, only registered: 4/20, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 1/20
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The course introduces students to the study of migration and immigrant incorporation from the perspective of transnationalism. It traces the formation of transnational approaches to the study of migration and its implications for the methodology of migration research. It explores how moving beyond the perspective of the nation state changes the study of migration and related phenomena. Moreover, the course studies transnational migration from the city perspective: it explores the city as a context of reception for immigrants and discusses how cities respond to the arrival of newcomers. The course also interrogates the contradictions between global labor markets and nation states and the formation of migration policies. Classes are highly interactive and special attention is paid to application of theoretical knowledge in the understanding of contemporary migration events as well as discussion of solutions to selected problems in the sphere of migration. Invited guest lecturers provide students with fresh insights into their work in the field of migration.
By the end of the semester, students should be able to:
• Define and discuss transnational studies and transnational approaches to migration, including the critical assessment of transnationalism
• Design a research methodology for studying transnational migration
• Analyze the context of reception for immigrants in a city • Understand the phenomena of migration from the perspective of different policy actors
Syllabus
  • Session 1 (19.9.) INTRODUCTION TO THE COURSE
  • Session 2 (3.10) TRANSNATIONAL THEORIES AND METHODOLOGY
  • Session 3 (17.10.) IMMIGRANTS IN THE CITY
  • Session 4 (14.11.) CITIES AS A CONTEXT OF RECEPTION FOR IMMIGRANTS
  • Session 5 (28.11.) LABOR MIGRANTS ON THE BORDERS: WHOSE INTERESTS ARE AT STAKE? PERSPECTIVES OF THE STATE, EMPLOYERS, NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS, AND MIGRANTS
  • Session 6 (12.12.) RESEARCH DESIGN WORKSHOP& CONCLUSION
Literature
    required literature
  • The transnational studies reader : intersections and innovations. Edited by Sanjeev Khagram - Peggy Levitt. New York: Routledge/Taylor and Francis, 2008. xii, 575. ISBN 9780415953733. info
  • BASCH, Linda G., Nina Glick SCHILLER and Cristina SZANTON BLANC. Nations unbound : transnational projects, postcolonial predicaments, and deterritorialized nation-states. London: Routledge, 1994. 344 p. ISBN 2881246303. info
Teaching methods
1. Lectures, 2. Class discussions on readings, 3. Group projects in class, 4. Peer-to-peer feedback on the outline of the final paper, 5. Final essay
Assessment methods
Participation in class (discussions, group projects) (30 %) Assignments (25 %) Final paper (3,000 – 5,000 words) (45 %)
Language of instruction
English
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Teacher's information
The course is taught regularly in 3 hour sessions once in two weeks (even weeks) from 11:30 a.m. till 3 p.m.in class U34.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016.
  • Enrolment Statistics (recent)
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