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QLLM321 Ethics of Migration and Asylum (Sem 1)

Module Description

This module introduces the ethical theories and debates relating to the management and control of migration and asylum in the contemporary world. It will cover a range of topics including border control and the "open borders" debate; the moral and political justifications for control of migration; the right to claim asylum; the moral obligations of states towards "irregular" migrants; the relationship of debates about migration to debates about "multiculturalism"; and the international ethics of migration.

Module Aims

This module seeks to introduce students to the ethical debates about migration in order to inform their understanding of the policy and political debates around immigration and asylum law. It will enable them to think critically and analytically about the purposes, uses and normative justification of such law, and to give this law an intellectual context.  The module will draw on philosophical, policy and legal materials.

Applicable Groupings

  • LLM in Immigration Law
  • Laws (General)
  • LLM Flexible Study.

Mode of Assessment:

2 x 2,500 word course essays


22.5 Credits

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