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The EU, Globalization and Migration

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 8 January 2024
End Date: Sunday, 11 February 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 14 January 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 28 January 2024


This course addresses international migration as one of the most pressing and formative issues which shape both European integration, and the relationships of Europe with the rest of the world. It addresses the economic, social, political and policy aspects of international migration in the changing EU and global contexts. The course has particular resonance for students in New Zealand, a country whose society has substantially been shaped by migration to and from Europe and the rest of the world.

This innovative course examines the role of mobilities – of people, trade (goods and services), capital and knowledge – in shaping both EU integration and the EU’s relationships with the rest of the world. The course addresses mobility – or freedoms of mobility – as being implicit to the founding aims of the EU: the creation of ever closer union – even if initially the focus was on a customs union for goods. However, global shifts in these mobilities also challenge the cohesion of the EU e.g. in the case of human mobility, in relation to the common asylum policy, or the tensions generated by intra-EU migration after the eastern enlargement, contributing to Brexit, and the 2015+ refugee crisis. These challenge the core values (solidarity, collectivism etc.) and institutions of the EU. Similarly, although capital mobility is seen to be a driver of major economic shifts, or convergence, it also contributes to territorial and social inequalities, which challenge cohesion. The same applies to trade, and the trade conflicts with the rest of the world, especially the USA, China and Australia. Knowledge mobility plays a vital role in the EU’s competitiveness agenda, as well as being a flashpoint for conflicts between the EU and transnational digital companies over the control of web content, digital security and privacy, digital currencies, and taxation.

The initial lectures set the scene by examining European mobility and integration in context of globalisation. They examine the long term development of Europe, and the changing role of mobilities in this, before focusing on the post 1945 period during which an age of mass migration and growth was replaced by an age of uncertainty, and by the closing of immigration doors alongside the exponential growth of digital mobilities. This is accompanied by a focus on the evolution of the EU and the role that mobilities have played in this – both in fulfilling its goals, and in generating contradictions that, at time, threaten to undermine the grand project of European integration. The second part of the course focusses on different types of international mobility, and considers the roles played by capital mobility, labour and student migration, followed in the competitiveness of economies and the welfare of individual migrants. This is followed by analysis of the more political (refugees) dimensions of international migration, and a review of consumer-led mobility (tourism) contributes to economies, cultures and social identities. Finally the course concludes bye examining the future challenges posed by competing mobilities in the EU.

Learning Outcomes

  • On successfully completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Discuss the complex relationships between different types of mobilities, globalization and European integration (subject knowledge skills)
  • Evaluate the methods and techniques that can be used to analyse the roles of different mobilities (subject knowledge, and professional/practical knowledge)
  • Understand how to analyse not only contrasting European data sources but also the latent versus manifest content of popular, policy and political discourses (Cognitive/Analytical skills)
  • Assess the limiting contradictions between different EU policy arenas as well as how these are framed and constrained by global economic and political processes (policy/practical skills, and subject knowledge)
  • Apply their knowledge of these mobilities to analysis of national and regional case studies which allow exploration of the highly contingent nature of the relationships between processes and outcomes (Cognitive/Analytical skills, transferable skills).
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


Any 15 points at 100 level from EURA or GEOG, or
any 60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the BA.


GEOG213, EURO 223

Equivalent Courses

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 11:00 A7
8 Jan - 11 Feb
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 11:00 A7
8 Jan - 4 Feb
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 11:00 A7
8 Jan - 11 Feb
Workshop A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 11:00 - 12:00 A7
8 Jan - 11 Feb
Workshop B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 11:00 - 12:00 A7
8 Jan - 4 Feb
Workshop C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 11:00 - 12:00 A7
8 Jan - 11 Feb

Examinations, Quizzes and Formal Tests

Test A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 09:00 - 11:00 A7
29 Jan - 4 Feb

Contact Person

Martin Holland


Professor Allan Williams


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Test 50%
Project/essay 50%

Textbooks / Resources

There is no single text book for the course but this volume provides good general background reading:
Hudson, Ray , Williams, Allan M; Divided Europe : society and territory; SAGE Publication, 1999.

A reading list, and a collection of selected readings are the available on LEARN. Background reading before the start of the course in order to set the historical context is provided by Hudson and Williams (above).

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $844.00

International fee $3,950.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences .

All EURA223 Occurrences

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