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BMET 27A11 - Researching Contemporary Migrations through the Lens of Gender

Type d'enseignement : Workshop

Semester : Spring 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


There are no requirements. Students are nevertheless encouraged to complete readings assigned for the first session since discussions will start already in the first class.

Course Description

Why do people migrate? Who migrates and under what conditions? Do men and women move countries for the same reasons? When does one become a migrant, and when does one cease being one? Most importantly, how are all of these processes gendered? This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the existing research on contemporary migrations, mostly in Europe but not only, through the lens of gender. The course equally introduces the main qualitative methodologies of this interdisciplinary field and presents a range of ethnographic methods including participant observation, biographical interviews, semi-structured interviews and focus groups. This methodological workshop will encourage in-class discussions of different methods and reflections on research ethics. Students will be required to collect some qualitative data in relation to a specific research question in order to conduct their own analysis.


SAHRAOUI, Nina A. (Post Doctoral Research Associate)

Course validation

1) Students will prepare in pairs a presentation on the specific method of data collection or analysis as listed in the thematic sessions, explaining the latter, providing examples of how it can be used in migration studies and discussing its strengths and limitations (15 minutes oral presentation and 3 pages summary to hand in), 25% of the grade. 2) Data collection exercise: Each student will individually draft a research question and collect one type of qualitative data (to choose from the following list: one biographical interview, an expert interview, a semi-structured interview, a one-time participant observation, a corpus of textual or visual material) and hand in a structured version of this data, 25% of the grade. 3) Data analysis assignment: Each student will analyse the collected data mobilising the theories discussed in class (4 pages), 40% of the grade. 4) Participation is highly encouraged, especially on the basis of the assigned readings, 10% of the grade.

Required reading

Castles, Stephen and Mark J. Miller. The Age of Migration: International Population Movements in the Modern World. New York: Guilford Press.[Chapters 2 and 5]