2023-2024 / SOCI1242-3

Migration Transnationalism and Development


30h SEM

Number of credits

 Master in sociology, professional focus in Immigration Studies (Liege - Barcelone: joint-degree programme)6 crédits 
 Master in sociology, professional focus in Immigration Studies (Barcelone - Liege: joint-degree programme)3 crédits 
 Master in population and development studies (120 ECTS)3 crédits 
 Master in population and development studies (120 ECTS)6 crédits 
 Master in sociology (120 ECTS)3 crédits 
 Master in sociology (120 ECTS) (professional focus in Migration and Ethnic Studies)6 crédits 
 Extra courses intended for exchange students (Erasmus, ...) (Faculty of social sciences)6 crédits 


Jean-Michel Lafleur


Thomas Huddleston

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This seminar seeks to introduce students to the study of the articulation between international migratory movements and processes of development. The course takes on a multi-disciplinary approach and aims to allow students to be familiar with the diversity in approaches to the subject. This course is taught in English.

The course comprises two types of sessions. The first is a series of lectures and discussions about the main international migration theories and the concepts of migration, development, remittances, social remittances, transnationalism and diaspora. The second is comprised of various thematic sessions, which will present various case studies that show the impact of migrants on their receiving and sending countries and migrants' homemaking and attachment to and use of public spaces. Through these thematic sessions, different questions on the topics of migration and development will be addressed, including: remittances, the role of migrant-led international solidarity organisations (e.g. hometown associations), state and societies' reactions to migrants' transnational practices and the impact of migration on the health and social sector.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The objective of this course is to allow students to have a greater familiarity with the different approaches to issues of migration and development. It will allow students to develop their own reflections on these issues in ways that are both theoretically and empirically grounded.

More precisely, the seminar aims to:

  • Train students to undertake critical reading of the scientific literature
  • Improve students' academic writing skills on migration
  • Develop critical and autonomous reflection on topics of migration, transnationalism, development and its links with the Global South

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

The course is taught in English; therefore, a good knowledge of English is required in order to understand the required readings, audio-visual aids and sessions. The ability to read, understand and synthesise scientific articles is also required.


Planned learning activities and teaching methods

  • Classroom teaching/attendance is required unless stipulated otherwise.
  • Most courses are based on readings (the list of readings and texts are available online)
  • Reading the recommended readings before class is mandatory for students taking the course for 6 ECTS. These readings may also be used in the final essay exam.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

Face-to-face course

Additional information: The course is taught in-person with a few online classes where necessary. Students are expected to attend each lecture and participate actively in any discussion sessions (either online or in-person). Subject to modification due to COVID-19.

Recommended or required readings

Before each class, students are encouraged to read the recommended scientific articles/readings on the subject that the course will cover. This reading is important if the student is to participate actively in class. The texts and slides of the sessions will be available only on the blackboard platform. Readings will not be sent via email.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- Remote

written exam ( open-ended questions )

Written work / report

Continuous assessment

Additional information:

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- Remote

written exam ( open-ended questions )

Written work / report

Continuous assessment

Additional information:

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- Remote

written exam ( open-ended questions )

Written work / report

Continuous assessment

Additional information:

The evaluation is done according to two main elements:

1. Active Participation in the Classroom (10% of final grade).

Active participation is a central element for the course. Students are expected to contribute to the discussions in class with relevant arguments and examples from the recommended and additional background readings.

Students taking the course for 6 ECTS will have to choose one additional reading from the course syllabus to read and summarise/react to in a 500-word response. This is due by the 8th of December.

2. Written exam: (90% of final grade)

The final evaluation will be a take-home written exam from a provided list. Students may use their notes and readings. They will have to use the concepts, theories and texts studied in class. Finally, it is expected that students cite articles and academic readings from class to write the essay and fully answer the question. The essay must be written in English and must follow APA guidelines.

3000 words maximum (excluding references) for 6 ECTS

1500 words maximum (excluding references) for 3 ECTS

You will be given the exam questions by the third week of class. Choose one question to respond to fully.

Exam essay submission day: 12 January 2024 before 23:59. Note: Exam essays submitted after the deadline will need to be penalised out of fairness to all students' work. Two points will be deducted for every day delayed.

Work placement(s)

Not applicable

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

The course starts on the 20/09/22 9-11h.


  • Subject to modification due to the COVID-19 sanitary crisis.




Main instructor and coordinator:


Scientific Collaborator

University of Liege

Institute of Human and Social Sciences

Centre for Ethnic and Migration Studies (CEDEM)

Thomas.huddleston@gmail.com &

Thomas.huddleston@uliege.be (please email both accounts)


Office hours: Online (ZOOM) by appointment only (via e-mail or after class)



Original instructor:

Jean-Michel LAFLEUR (on parental leave)

Association of one or more MOOCs

The MOOC entitled 'Migrations internationales : Comment les mobilités transforment les sociétés ? (H2)' is associated with this course.

Items online

Final exam topics
Final exam topics

Syllabus 2023