Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3300: Securitisation of Migration

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.


NQF Level 6
Credits 30 ECTS Value 15
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 1 (11 weeks) and term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Gabriela Patricia Garcia Garcia (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


Attributing migrants and refugees as security threats has become a common political response across ‘Global North’ and ‘South’. Securitisation takes different forms, from media images of refugee ‘crises’ to pushbacks at sea, detention policies, and building walls.

But what is the ‘Securitisation of Migration’? Who participates in this process? What are the consequences for refugees and migrants? Can securitisation be contained? This module will provide you with the tools to answer these questions through traditional and critical readings to Securitisation Theory. It will also analyse Securitisation’s racialised, colonial, and gendered implications in North America, the EU, the Middle East, Latin America, and Southern Africa. The module is assessed through a research essay and a student-led seminar (presentation).

No pre-requisite modules are required to take this module and it is suitable for any student with aptitude for social science.

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