Migration and People Movement

Subject AUST90008 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

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

This subject is not offered in 2016.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours - 1 x 2 hour seminar per week.
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


Admission to a relevant graduate diploma (advanced) or fourth-year honours program or enrolment in a relevant coursework or research Masters program.



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


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.

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Subject Overview:

International migration is one of the major challenges of the twenty-first century, with the task of formulating workable approaches to migration remaining a challenge for the community and government. This subject provides students with an advanced introduction to migration and people movement and surveys some of the major dimensions of migration flows, the effects of migration on sending and receiving countries, political and regulatory responses, and case studies relevant to understanding key issues today. Linking historic and contemporary migrations, this subject explores the contexts from which migrations emerge, the cross-cultural flows they produce, as well as posing fundamental questions about people movement. Case studies include colonial migration, labour migration, agricultural migration and nomadism, slavery and people trafficking, asylum seekers and refugees, and the challenges of climate change and displacement. Students will emerge from this subject with an understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing a world of people on the move.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete this subject should be able to:

  • understand the key periods of historical migration and people movement;
  • demonstrate a critical understanding of how these have influenced contemporary trends in migration and people movement;
  • develop an understanding of the key contemporary issues in migration today;
  • exhibit a capacity for critical thinking about the manner in which migration effects culture and society;
  • demonstrate skills in research, analysis and communication that draw upon materials and concepts presented and discussed in seminars.
  • A research presentation due mid semester (10%)
  • A research proposal due mid semester (20%)
  • A research essay due mid semester (70%)

Hurdle Requirement:

  • Students are required to attend a minimum of 80% of classes.
Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be made available to students through the subject’s LMS site.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

Students who complete this subject should be able to:

  • develop their abilities in critical thinking and analysis;
  • extend their oral communication skills;
  • refine their skills in crafting persuasive written arguments based on evidence.
Links to further information: http://shaps.unimelb.edu.au/
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point Master of International Relations
200 Point Master of International Relations
MA (AS&&ST) Australian Studies

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