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DSOC 25A08 - Sociology of Migrations

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2019-2020

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This course seeks to consider all dimensions of human displacements in the global world from a European perspective. International migrations are particularly topical, as shown by the so-called “migration crisis” in Europe in 2015. Therefore, how can sociology allow us to consider reasonably the migratory situation beyond political discourse? Migration studies have been interested in the relationship between individual and the group, the community and society, integration and social cohesion, multiculturalism and assimilation, culture and identity, and generally speaking, the relationship between “us” and the others, self and otherness. We will study migrations in their various and changing forms: labour migrants, asylum seekers and forced migrations, exile, expatriation, skilled migration, and lifestyle migrations, the "mobility turn", migratory circulations and transnationalism.


BECK, Sylvain P. (Formateur)

Course validation

Students are expected to read the required readings distributed the previous week and to stay informed about contemporary events regarding migrations. Oral participation will be expected during the course. A list of texts (5-15 pages) will be given the first day and chosen by groups of students for oral presentations. 10% Class participation 30% Oral group presentation on a text (3-4 students, 20-30mn) 20% Mid-term exam (30-40mn) 40% Final exam (1h30)

Required reading

  • Simmel Georg (1908) The Stranger
  • Castles Stephen, Hein de Haas, and Mark J. Miller (2013) The Age of Migration. International Population Movements in the Modern World, Basingstoke, Palgrave MacMillan
  • Cohen Robin, Sheringham Olivia (2016) Encountering Difference, Cambridge, Polity Press, 213 p.
  • Faist Thomas (2013) « The mobility turn: a new paradigm for the social sciences? », Ethnic and Racial Studies, 36:11, 1637-1646.
  • Wihtol de Wenden Catherine (2018) Atlas des migrations. Un équilibre mondial à inventer, Paris, Autrement.

Additional required reading

  • Benson, M. and O'Reilly, K. (2009) ‘Migration and the search for a better way of life: a critical exploration of lifestyle migration', The Sociological Review 57(4): 608-625.
  • Cohen Robin (1997) Global Diasporas. An introduction, London, UCL Press
  • Croucher Sheila (2012) « Privileged Mobility in an Age of Globalization », Societies, 2, pp. 1-13.
  • Park, Robert E. (1928) “Human Migration and the Marginal Man.”, American Journal of Sociology, vol. 33, n°6, pp.881-893.
  • Schmoll Camille, Thiollet Hélène, Wihtol de Wenden Catherine (dir.) (2015) Migrations en Méditerranée, Paris, CNRS Éditions, 379 p.
  • Vertovec Steven (2009) Transnationalism, London/New-York, Routledge.
  • Movies: Fuoccoamare (2016) ; Un paese di Calabria (2016) ; Un jour ça ira (2018)
  • Visiting the Musée National de l'Histoire de l'Immigration (Paris, Métro Porte Dorée)