Migration and Development

Subject ANTH90004 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 31-May-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 3-hour seminar per week in Weeks 1 - 8 of Semester 1.
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

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 Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


Ms Lan 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 an overview of the conceptual models and theoretical frameworks that have been used to analyse migration and development. Second, we will discuss empirical studies on 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 globalisation, poverty, gender and social change.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who successfully complete this subject should:

  • understand the range of circumstances which might produce human mobility in the modern world;
  • comprehend implications of migration for development processes;
  • understand the different scales (global, national and local) relevant to thinking about mobility;
  • understand key empirical, theoretical and methodological knowledge pertaining to human mobility and development;
  • be able to think and argue critically about issues realting to migrartion and development

A 2,000 word essay (40%) due during the semester, and a 3000 word essay (60%) due in Week 10 of the semester.

Hurdle Requirement: Students are required to attend a minimum of 75% of classes in order to qualify to have their written work assessed. Regular participation in class is required.

Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% 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:

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

Caroline Brettell and James Frank Hollifield (2000) Migration Theory: Talking Across Disciplines. 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 Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point Master of Development Studies
100 Point Master of Social Policy
150 Point Master of Development Studies
150 Point Master of Social Policy
200 Point Master of Development Studies
200 Point Master of Social Policy
Development Studies
Development Studies
Gender and Development Specialisation - 100 Point Program
Gender and Development Specialisation - 150 Point Program
Gender and Development Specialisation - 200 Point Program
Social Theory
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Social Theory
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