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Migration and Development (ANTH90004)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeANTH90004
Semester 1
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Migration is 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, drawing on conceptual, theoretical, and empirical studies in human geography, anthropology, sociology, demography, and political science. Class debates and exercises will deepen students’ understanding of the conceptual models and theoretical frameworks that have been used to analyse migration and development. Important concepts such as transnationalism, forced migration, global care chains, governmentality, and global householding will be examined and critiqued. We will also look into economic, social and cultural implications of migration for development processes at both micro and macro levels, assessing the links between migration and key debates in development such as globalisation, poverty, gender and social change.

Intended learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this subject should:

• understand the range of circumstances which might produce human mobility in the modern world;
• understand 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 relating to migration and development

Generic skills

  • Independent research for essay preparation using a variety of media
  • Exercise of critical judgement in written assignments and group discussion

Last updated: 10 May 2019