Checking date: 16/04/2024

Course: 2024/2025

Borders and Population Movements
Dual Bachelor in International Studies and Law (Plan: 507 - Estudio: 321)

Coordinating teacher: PEREZ GONZALEZ, MARIA CARMEN

Department assigned to the subject: International Law, Ecclesiastical Law and Philosophy of Law Department

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
1. Understand the fundamental concepts of border and population movement and their importance in international relations. 2. Analyze the different types of borders and population movements and the political, social, economic, and cultural implications of each. 3. Understand the relationship between borders and state sovereignty and the tension between sovereignty and the free movement of people. 4. Analyze the impact of globalization on borders and population movements and understand how globalization transforms borders. 5. Identify current and future challenges in managing borders and population movements, and the different policies that countries adopt to address them. 6. Analyze case studies of population movements and borders in different regions of the world and compare the migration policies of different countries. 7. Critically reflect on current and future challenges of borders and population movements, and propose solutions to address them.
Description of contents: programme
1. Introduction to the concepts of border and population movement 1.1 Definition of border and its importance in international relations 1.2 Types of borders: political, economic, cultural, social, etc. 1.3 Definition of population movement and its relation to borders 1.4 Types of population movement: migration, refugees, internally displaced persons, etc. 2. Borders and state sovereignty 2.1 The border as a territorial limit and state sovereignty 2.2 The importance of borders for national security and migration control 2.3 The tensions between state sovereignty and the free movement of people 3. The impact of globalization on borders and population movements 3.1 Globalization as a phenomenon that transforms borders 3.2 Migration flows and economic globalization 3.3 The influence of globalization on migration policies 4. Challenges in managing borders and population movements 4.1 Managing borders and international cooperation 4.2 Challenges in managing migration flows 4.3 Policies for integrating immigrants into receiving societies 5. Case studies 5.1 Case studies of population movements and borders in different regions of the world 5.2 Comparative analysis of migration policies in different countries 5.3 Case studies of international cooperation in managing population movements and borders
Learning activities and methodology
THEORETICAL PRACTICAL CLASSES Knowledge and concepts students must acquire. Student receive course notes and will have basic reference texts to facilitatefollowing the classes and carrying out follow up work.Students partake in exercises to resolve practical problems and participatein workshops and an evaluation tests, all geared towards acquiring the necessary capabilities.Subjects with 6 ECTS are44 hours as a general rule/ 100% classroom instruction. TUTORING SESSIONS Individualized attendance (individual tutoring) or in-group (group tutoring) for students with a teacher. Subjects with 6 credits have 4 hours of tutoring/ 100% on- site attendance. STUDENT INDIVIDUAL WORK OR GROUP WORK Subjects with 6 credits have 98 hours/0% on-site.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 50
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 50

Calendar of Continuous assessment

Extraordinary call: regulations
Basic Bibliography
  • Betts, A.. Survival migration: failed governance and the crisis of displacement. Cornell University Press.. 2013
  • Bloch, A., & Dona, G. (Eds.) (2020). Routledge.. Forced Migration: Current Issues and Debates. Routledge . 2020
  • Walter, M. (2021). Forced Migration and Global Politics. Polity. 2021
Recursos electrónicosElectronic Resources *
Additional Bibliography
  • Hansen, R.. Borders and migration in the European Union: conflicting logics and political dynamics. Palgrave Macmillan.. 2019
  • Jandl, M. . The Integration of Migrants and Refugees: An Evidenced-Based Approach. Springer. 2018
  • Sassen, S. . Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy. Harvard University Press. 2014
  • Shachar, A. . The birthright lottery: citizenship and global inequality. Harvard University Press. 2017
Recursos electrónicosElectronic Resources *
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