Migration and Development

Subject ANTH90004 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2011.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1 x 2-hour seminar per week.
Total Time Commitment: An average of 10 hours per week.
Prerequisites: None.
Corequisites: None.
Recommended Background Knowledge: Students enrolling in this subject must have completed a Bachelor of Arts degree or equivalent.
Non Allowed Subjects: None.
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/


Dr Nadeem malik


Dr Lan Ahn Hoang

Subject Overview: Migration is no doubt the most significant driver of social change in the developing world. The key objective of this subject is to examine key issues and debates around the migration - development nexus. Students will be provided with a solid understanding of theoretical perspectives underpinning migration and development as well as the economic, social and cultural implications of migration to development processes at both micro and macro levels. In addition, we will critically assess the links between migration and key debates in development such as poverty, gender and social change.

Students who successfully complete this subject should:

  • understand the range of circumstances which might produce human mobility in the modern world and the different forms mobility takes including tourism and migration.
  • comprehend the implications of movement for citizenship rights, labour markets and other relevant social, political and economic circumstances.
  • understand the different scales (global, national and local) which are relevant to thinking about mobility.
  • be able to integrate existing theoretical and empirical material within oral presentations.
  • Have an understanding key empirical, theoretical and methodological knowledge pertaining to human mobility and, in particular, to migrancy, home and exile

A 1-hour in-class test 25% (due during semester) and a 4000 word essay 75% (due at the end of week 12).

Hurdle Requirement: Students are required to attend a minimum of 75% of classes in order to qualify to have their written work assessed. Students who fail to meet this hurdle requirement will be deemed ineligible to submit the final piece of assessment for this subject. Regular participation in class is required.

Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 2% per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts: Brettell, C.B. and Hollifield, J.F. (2000) Migration Theory: Talking Across Disciplines, New York and London: Routledge.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Independent research for essay preparation using a variety of media
  • Exercise of critical judgement in written assignments and group discussion
Links to further information: http://www.ssps.unimelb.edu.au/study/ads/
Related Course(s): Master of Development Studies(CWT)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Anthropology && Social Theory
Development Studies
Development Studies

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