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Mobilities, Migrations and Identities

Code 13349
Year 1
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload OT(15H)/TP(45H)
Scientific area Sociology
Entry requirements doesn't apply
Learning outcomes Specific objectives:
To study the phenomena of movement of people and goods from the late XX century until today. To discuss classical and contemporary migration theories in light of the recent mobilities paradigm and in the context of the contemporary international migration regime. To understand the relation between migration and mobilities and the creation of new social identities, lifestyles and their impact on the international order.

Skills:
At the end of this CU, students should be able to:
- understand and critically analyse the main singularities and contradictions of the three phenomena and concepts.
- identify and explain the main theories of migration, mobilities and identities and critically discuss the connections between them
- analyse approaches and results of sociological, philosophical and legal research on these issues.
Syllabus 1. Introduction: movement, space, belonging and being. The tradition and the new: identity, migrations and mobility.
2. Migrations: main theoretical approaches; migration law and its evolution in history; the contemporary migration regime; migration crises in the contemporary world and the tension between human rights and the sovereign state
3. Mobilities: the making of a “new” social science paradigm; The broad variety of forms and relations: types of mobility; mobility and gender, mobile work and mobility justice.
4. The intercross with identities: lifestyles, life choices and changes.
Main Bibliography Castles, S., De Haas, H., & Miller, M. J. (2013). The age of migration: International population movements in the modern world. Palgrave Macmillan.
Cohen, S. A., Duncan, T., & Thulemark, M. (2015). Lifestyle mobilities: The crossroads of travel, leisure and migration. Mobilities, 10(1), 155-172.
Fine, S. & Ypi, L., Migration in Political Theory: The Ethics of Movement and Membership, 2016
Urry, J. (2007). Mobilities. Polity Press
Recommended
Åkerlund, U. (2013). The best of both worlds: Aspirations, drivers and practices of Swedish lifestyle movers in Malta (Doctoral dissertation, Umeå universitet).
Morley, D., & Robins, K. (2002). Spaces of identity: Global media, electronic landscapes and cultural boundaries. Routledge
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Sales Oliveira, C. (2015). (Auto) Mobilities and social identities in Portugal. Sociologia, problemas e práticas, (77), 137-151.
Sales Oliveira, C. (2015). In the meantime or the (ab) use of online accessing during mobility. Comunicação e Sociedade, 28, 251-270.
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria Exposition of contents and debate
- Collective analysis of scientific texts
- Viewing of documentaries and films followed by discussion
- Verbal exercises and written exercises on the syllabus of this unit
- Exercises on the studied texts
- Students' presentations
- Tutorial classes

Ongoing evaluation process:
- 2 Individual written assessments (40+40˜80%)
- Participation in class discussions based on the texts of the bibliography (20%)
Exam evaluation:
- Minimum required attendance = 9 classes
- Minimum grade to be admitted to exam = 6 values

Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2022-01-29

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