Migration and Development

Subject ANTH90004 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1 x 2-hour seminar per week.
Total Time Commitment:

An average of 10 hours per week.





Recommended Background Knowledge:

Students enrolling in this subject must have completed a Bachelor of Arts degree or equivalent.

Non Allowed Subjects:


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 Lan Anh Hoang


Dr Lan Ahn Hoang


Subject Overview:

Migration is no doubt one of the most significant drivers of social change in the developing world. The objective of this subject is to examine key issues and debates around the migration - development nexus. Two main goals will be pursued in seminars: First, students will be provided with a solid understanding of the conceptual models and theoretical frameworks that have been used to analyse migration and development. Second, we will obtain an overview of empirical insights on the economic, social and cultural implications of migration for development processes at both micro and macro levels. Most importantly, 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
  • comprehend the implications of migration for development processes
  • understand the different scales (global, national and local) which are relevant to thinking about mobility.
  • be able to integrate existing theoretical and empirical materials within oral presentations.
  • Have an understanding key empirical, theoretical and methodological knowledge pertaining to human mobility and development.

A 1000 word essay (20%) due during the semester, a 500 word presentation (10%) due during the semester, and a 3500 word essay (70%) due during the examination period.

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 that is submitted after the due date and up to 10 working days late without an approved extension will be marked on a pass/fail basis only. Assessment that is submitted later than 10 working days will not be accepted or marked. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

Massey, D.S., J. Arango, et al. (1998) Worlds in Motion: Understanding International Migration at the End of the Millenium. Oxford, Clarendon Press.

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
Anthropology && Social Theory
Anthropology and Social Theory
Development Studies
Development Studies
Social Theory
Social Theory
Social Theory

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