International Migration

Subject SOCI90010 (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 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1 x 2 hour seminar per week, and a presentation day in week 11 or 12
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


Admission to –
MC-IR Master of International Relations,
097AB and 097GD Master of Development Studies,
MC-PA and MC-PAENH Master of Public Administration
344AB Master of Public Policy and Management.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
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:


Assoc Prof Nana Oishi



Subject Overview:

This subject will examine the impact of international migration on the states, societies, and individuals. Its first segment will address the questions such as why people move and how societies change because of immigration and emigration. The second segment will examine policies concerning multiculturalism and social cohesion. By reviewing various policy examples and case studies, this subject aims to help students understand the realities of international migration and its policy challenges. The third segment will analyze the global governance of international migration, including the roles of international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and international laws. This subject is offered by Asia Institute, and will use many case studies of Asian countries, while covering the experiences of Australia, the US, Canada, and some major immigration countries in Europe as reference points as well.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject students should:
• have a solid understanding of theories and debates in the field of international migration
• have developed an ability to critique the literature on migration studies
• have a knowledge base of basic international institutional frameworks (e.g. international organizations, laws, governance mechanism, etc.)
• have an ability to conduct a migration-related research and articulated their findings in oral and written presentations

  • Two discussion questions on weekly readings due on the day before each class (equivalent to 400 words); due throughout the semester (10%)
  • Research Outline (equivalent to 300 words); due week 6 (15%)
  • 15-minute Oral presentation on the research project (equivalent to 1,500 words); due week 11 & 12 (20%)
  • Final Essay (3,300 words); due during the exam period (55%)
Prescribed Texts:

Materials prepared by the Asia Institute

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, students will have developed the following generic skills:
• Analytical skills: Through critical reviews of academic literature, students will have sharpened their analytical ability.
• Problem-solving skills: Through case studies exercise on immigration/emigration policies, students will have developed problem-solving skills.
• Presentation skills: Students will have an opportunity to present their research work and receive feedbacks from the instructor and peers, which will help them improve their presentation skills.

Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Public Administration
Master of Public Administration (Enhanced)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point Master of Development Studies
100 Point Master of International Relations
100 Point Master of Public Policy and Management
150 Point Master of Development Studies
150 Point Master of Public Policy and Management
200 Point Master of Development Studies
200 Point Master of International Relations
200 Point Master of Public Policy and Management
Gender and Development Specialisation - 100 Point Program
Gender and Development Specialisation - 150 Point Program
Gender and Development Specialisation - 200 Point Program

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