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Postgraduate Module Descriptor

LAWM715: International Migration and the Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

While the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is anticipated that most of the following topics will be covered:


  • Problems in regulating migration in international law including state sovereignty and the politics of migration globally and nationally;
  • The main international European and some other regional instruments in this area;
  • Attribution of nationality, deprivation of citizenship and statelessness;
  • Admission and expulsion of non-citizens;
  • The human rights obligations of states towards migrants;
  • Refugees and others in need of humanitarian or other forms of protection (e.g. victims of trafficking);
  • EU free movement and its impact on national immigration controls
  • Responsibilities of states towards migrants travelling by sea;
  • Migrant workers (including migrant domestic workers);
  • Family life across national boundaries.

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities3311 x 3 hour student-led seminars. Students will have worked in groups to research topics agreed in advance with the module tutor and will present these for discussion during the class
Guided Independent Study157Preparation for seminars
Guided Independent Study30Preparation for formative assessment
Guided Independent Study80Preparation for summative assessment

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).