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Unit information: British Immigration, Nationality, and Citizenship Law in 2024/25

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Unit name British Immigration, Nationality, and Citizenship Law
Unit code LAWD20045
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Prabhat
Open unit status Not open
Units you must take before you take this one (pre-requisite units)

LAWD10013 Constitutional Rights

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School/department University of Bristol Law School
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Unit Information

This unit will engage students in a detailed and critical examination of immigration controls and in doing so will interrogate the protections available to immigrants in the context of the relevant legislation and policies in the UK. This approach of combining law and policy from a critical, contemporary socio-legal approach will develop critical analysis skills of students with regard to contemporary research-informed questions, such as the justification of detention and deportation and the legitimacy of immigration controls more generally in a wider political, economic and theoretical context

Through involvement in the unit, students will be able to understand and analyse the evolution of the national immigration law system and explain the rationales underlying the legal responses to migration.

At the end of this unit students will be familiar with the following topics:

  • Principles of British Immigration Law (including relevant EU law);
  • Entry to the UK and various immigration statuses;
  • Legal difference between citizenship and other kinds of leave to remain and rights of residence;
  • A range of different approaches to Immigration, British citizenship and nationality in the historical and current contexts of British immigration laws and relevant EU and ECHR laws.

Learning will be structured around lectures and seminars. Lectures will provide the basic structure around the assigned reading while seminars will develop the ideas and generate critical thinking on the issues.

Your learning on this unit

By the end of this unit a successful student will be able to:

  • Explain relevant black letter provisions from British immigration laws for nationality, citizenship and other settled status and processes;
  • Develop their own critical approaches to an assigned case study by applying the black letter law to the case study;
  • Cite the key laws, principles, justifications and standards of protection found in immigration law;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the contemporary socio-legal context of immigration restrictions;
  • Critique immigration controls more generally in a wider political, economic and theoretical context.

How you will learn

Teaching will be delivered through a variety of asynchronous and synchronous activities

How you will be assessed

1 x summative assessment: coursework with a specified word count (100%)

The assessment will assess all of the intended learning outcomes for this unit.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.