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KAFP 3925 - Sociology of Free Movement in the EU

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

Pre-requisite

None.

Course Description

European integration has created an almost borderless continent-wide space in which the traditional power of nation states to control individuals' options of travel and settlement has been largely curbed. Globally, the EU free movement regime is a unique arrangement entailing the legal equalization of migrants' rights under the aegis of a common supranational citizenship. As such, it is at the same time a flagship policy of the Union and a primary target of anti-EU movements – so much so that in 2016 it triggered Brexit in the UK. This master-level course-seminar explores the historical underpinnings of free movement in the EU, its theoretical foundations and empirical consequences. In particular, the course focuses on the experience and impact of intra-EU migration in different realms: social and economic integration, political participation, identification and EU support. Ultimately, it discusses the future prospects of free movement both within and outside the European Union. Ultimately, it discusses the future prospects of free movement both within and outside the European Union.

Teachers

RECCHI, Ettore (Professor at Sciences Po)

Pedagogical format

This is a 'cours-seminar', based on short lectures, presentations and class discussions.

Course validation

Each session includes a discussion of compulsory readings, students' presentations and debates on selected topics, and a short lecture. Attendance is mandatory (no more than two absences admitted). Students' evaluation is based on participation to class discussions (20%), presentations (30%) and a final essay (50%). The final essay should tackle an original research question linked to free movement issues (length: 20-25,000 characters).

Workload

Students are expected to do the compulsory readings before each session (see detailed syllabus), present one-two research papers and comment on presentations at every session.

Required reading

  • E. Recchi (2015) Mobile Europe: The Theory and Practice of Free Movement in the EU, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke
  • Maas, W. (2005) ‘The Genesis of European Rights', Journal of Common Market Studies, 43, 1009-1025.
  • Favell, A. (2008) Eurostars and Eurocities. Free movement and mobility in an integrating Europe, Oxford: Blackwell, chapters 6, 7 and 13.
  • Favell, A. (2008) Eurostars and Eurocities. Free movement and mobility in an integrating Europe, Oxford: Blackwell, chapters 6, 7 and 13.
  • Ruhs, M. (2017). Free Movement in the European Union: National Institutions vs Common Policies?. International Migration, 55(S1), 22-38.

Additional required reading

  • Mau, S. and Mewes, J. (2012) ‘Horizontal Europeanisation in Contextual Perspective', European Societies, 14, 7-34.
  • Geddes, A., & Hadj-Abdou, L. (2016) ‘An unstable equilibrium: freedom of movement and the welfare state in the European Union', Handbook on Migration and Social Policy, 222.
  • Favell, A. (2014) ‘The fourth freedom: Theories of migration and mobilities in 'neo-liberal' Europe', European Journal of Social Theory, 17, 1-15.
  • Bauböck, R. (2009) ‘Global justice, freedom of movement and democratic citizenship', European Journal of Sociology, 50, 1-31.