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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
SUP9086438, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
LE0607, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Historical and Geographic Sciences and the Ancient World
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

No lecturer assigned to this course unit

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-GGR/01 Geography 9.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 63 162.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Prerequisites: No any prerequisites (or it depends on study programme
Target skills and knowledge: By the end of this course, it is expected that students will have
gained the following:
- knowledge and comprehension of the concepts used in different economic and social disciplines,
- comprehension of the relationship between ‘international development’ and 'economic development´,
- synthesis of the range of perspectives on migration, development and other population issues in both developing and developed countries and regions,
- skills, competitions and work techniques such as team work, sources analysis, data synthesis, self-opinion presentation and advocacy during the plenary discussion, etc.
- ability to obtain qualitative or quantitative data, to find relevant (spatial) data sources,
- ability to analyze and visualize outcomes of the analyses.
Examination methods: Written part: (i) individual control of readings (hand-outs) answering particular questions, and (ii) team presentation of selected topic (30 minutes + 15 minutes for discussion). In the course seminars, every student will also be assigned to a team for study/analyse materials collectively in preparation for a formal presentation, to provide issues for plenary discussion.
To sum up:
1. Evaluation of students team projects
- students presentations
2. Individual control of readings in the form of hand-outs
- answers on the questions based on the readings
Assessment criteria: quality of the presentation in general
- quality of the presented information
- quality of the speech and talk of each of the team member
- using of scientific literature with appropriate citation
- using of presentation SW
- time accuracys
Course unit contents: 1. Introduction
Programme, data sources, readings, internet journal databases.
Topics of student presentations, conditions for successful competition of the course.
Data sources:
- social sciences and selected phenomena (population migration, livelihood strategies, development and poverty)
- spatial data sources
- own data - survey
- qualitative vs. quantitative data - major differences, reason for choosing methods
- data interpretation

2. Current Immigration flows to Europe
Migration history and Europe in modern times. Causes of recent immigration to Europe from the Middle East and Africa. Trend statistics and dynamics. Impact of migration on EU countries. Role of Italy in the processes.

3. Concepts of migration and development
Introductory to the relationship between migration processes and economic development. The terms international migrant, refugee, asylum seeker, internally displaced person, etc. Basic methods of research. Presentation of the theoretical concept of migration and development, its development, historical concept.
Reasons for interest in this concept lately. Basic theoretical hypotheses, myths and reality. Historical development of the issue. Different professional approaches to the issue (migration, refugee, environmental and development studies, economics, etc.).

4. Migration theories
Causes of migration. Why people move? And why majority of the population stays?

5. International migration and processes of globalization
An overview of major migration flows in the second half of the 20th Century and the Beginning of the 21st Century. Migration statistics, developments over that period, the main sources of migration. Processes of economic globalization and population migration - relations, consequences.

6. Refugees in the world
Refugee status (situation after World War II, historical development, legislative limits, definitions), current status and geographical delimitation, estimates of the number of refugees. Examples and analysis of selected refugee waves and their impact on host regions. The emergence of international institutions (UNHCR, IOM) and international legislation (Geneva). Individual categories of refugees by UNHCR. Palestinian refugees and UNRWA. Issues of so-called internal refugees, "economic refugees", environmental refugees ", etc. Asylum seekers and their motives for migration in relation to the current immigration wave into Europe. Gender aspect.

7. Migration and Poverty. Migration from rural to urban.
Developing regions and "traditions" of migratory flows. Influence of anthropological research. Internal migration, its main causes and impact on urbanization in the developing world. Definition of poverty and development. Migration and Poverty – Various theoretical approaches. Processes of Migration and poverty
reduction, case studies. Migration as "Plan B" for development strategy poverty reduction? Definition of remittance, definition by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Themes for sending remittances, the main ways of sending remittances. Costs for remittances. Statistical data on remittances in the world. Social remittances.

8. Remittances and their impact on development
The most important source and target areas for remittance. Comparing their level with the provided development aid and foreign direct investment. Regional differences and their justification. Development contexts. The issue of effective targeting of remittances in relation to development. Myths about remittances. Comparison with other development interventions, development aid.

9. Migration of Qualified Individuals and Basic Theoretical Concepts (brain drain / grain / circulation)
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)