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The Politics of Population Change II: Migration, Identity and Conflict


  • Credit value: 15 credits at Level 7
  • Convenor and tutor: Professor Eric Kaufmann
  • Assessment: a 3500-word essay (90%) and seminar log (10%)

Module description

This module will develop your understanding of how population change - especially differences in migration, age structures and population growth between groups - affects nationalism, ethnic and religious politics.

Indicative module syllabus

  • Immigration and National Identity in the United States
  • Immigration and the Rise of the Far Right in Europe
  • 'White Flight', Integration and UKIP: Hostility to Immigration in the UK
  • Social Cleavages and Generational Replacement: the Demography of Value Changes
  • Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth? The Demography of Religion and Fundamentalism
  • Terrorism, Lobbying and Multiculturalism: Diasporas in International Politics

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • understand concepts of political demography and demography
  • demonstrate detailed substantive knowledge of the relationship between demography and identity conflicts
  • demonstrate knowledge of theories of nationalism and ethnicity
  • demonstrate cognitive skills, including critical evaluation and analytical investigation
  • engage in critical discussion.