2023-2024 / SOCI2231-1

Sociology of Migration


30h Th

Number of credits

 Master in sociology, professional focus in Immigration Studies (Liege - Barcelone: joint-degree programme)6 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 
 Master in modern languages and literatures : German, Dutch and English (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in modern languages and literatures : general (120 ECTS)5 crédits 


Marco Martiniello

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

The course is an introduction to sociology of migration and ethnicity through the study of some of the main texts of the discipline drawn both from American and European sociology.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The aim of the course is to provide the students with a theoretical basis as well as with a global picture of the classical American and European literature in the field of sociology of migration and ethnicity.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

A passive and active knowledge of written and spoken English is indispensable.


Planned learning activities and teaching methods

 The students will be required to read the 12 to 15 papers chosen in dialogue with the teacher and to actively take part in the collective discussions in class .
The students will also make oral presentations in class    PRESENCE IN CLASS IS REQUIRED: unjustified absence will be sanctioned: 1 point out of 20 per absence

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

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

The course could use 4 pedagogical tools:
- Lectures by the teacher and guest speakers
- Seminars based on the reading and discussion of texts as well as on oral presentations made by students
-Personal or collective written papers

-Additional on line lectures given by intrernational professors (to be confirmed)

The course will start on the 2Ist of September 2023

Recommended or required readings

Required Readings:
Martiniello Marco and Rath, Jan (Eds) (2010), Selected Studies in International Migration and Immigrant Incorporation, Amsterdam: IMISCOE Textbooks, Amsterdam University Press. OPEN INTERNET ACCESS:

Martiniello Marco and Rath, Jan (Eds) (2012), An Introduction to Interntrional Migration Studies, Amsterdam: IMISCOE Textbooks, Amsterdam University Press. IN LIBRARY
Martiniello Marco and Rath, Jan (Eds) (2014), An Introduction to Immigrant Incorptation Studies, Amsterdam: IMISCOE Textbooks, Amsterdam University Press. IN LIBRARY
The final list of the 12 to 15 chapters of these three books to be read obligatorily will be chosen by the student in dialogue with the teacher

Any session :

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions )

- Remote

written exam ( open-ended questions )

- If evaluation in "hybrid"

preferred remote

Additional information:

First session:participation in class (physical or on line depending on the evolition of the pandemics) and oral presentations (40%) (physical or online depending of the evolution of the pandemics) and a written examination (60%) (online)
Second session: a written examination
Subject to change depending on the number of students taking the course

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

The detailed timetable will be communicated during the first class


Marco Martiniello (M.Martiniello@uliege.be; 30.40)

Assistant: Alice Clarbebout (alice.clarebout@uliege.be)

Association of one or more MOOCs

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

Additional information:

The MOOC proposes to follow in 7 stages the path of migrants from a society of origin to the society of settlement. These migration paths can vary significantly from one migrant to another. One can migrate with or without legal permission to do so. One may find better economic opportunities in the country of residence or, on the contrary, be in a precarious situation. Finally, migration can lead to permanent settlement or, conversely, to multiple displacements or even to a return to the society of origin.

To provide the keys to a better understanding of migration, various activities are planned: video clips and chats with three teachers, interviews with experts to deepen certain more specific issues such as the question of camps or religious diversity. There will also be migrants' testimonies, short texts to read to deconstruct certain myths and finally quizzes to help you remember the central notions and concepts on migration.


Items online

Selected Studies in International Migration and Immigrant Incorporation
Book 3

An Introduction to International Migration Studies
Book 2

Conclusive session -Multicultural Citizenship

Migration and Ethnic Studies in Europe
Introductory Powerpoint 1

Migration Trends and Policies
Introductory powerpoint 2

Presentation of the content and sessions 

Selected Studies in International Migration and Immigrant Incorporation
Book 1