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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject is about the politics of global population movements. The course will cover international migration trends and the theoretical models that help us understand the factors motivating the movements of people since WWII. It will also look at how governments respond. Some migrants are welcome. Others are not. Why? How do governments distinguish? What services do they provide? How do they integrate, or not, the migrants into the host society? How do they sell their migration policies to their citizens? We will also consider the effects different government policies have upon the lives of those who move, whether legally or illegally, permanently or temporarily. Australian and international case studies are used to assess how migrants, migration policies and societies are faring in local and comparative contexts.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGwenda Tavan

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 15 credit points of any second year Politics subject and 15 credit points of any Humanities and Social Sciences subject, or subject coordinator's approval


Incompatible subjects POL2MSS

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsThe Age of Migration: International Population Movements in the Modern WorldPrescribedCastles, S., De Haas, H. and Miller, M.J.5th ed, Palgrave MacMillan
ReadingsImmigrants: your country needs themRecommendedLegrain, P.LITTLE BROWN 2007

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Complete written work that demonstrates a well-reasoned developed social, ethical and cultural understanding of self and others.

short assignment, major essay and final examination

02. Complete written work that shows a comprehensive understanding of the key issues, concepts, theories and debates in the fields of politics and migration studies.

short assignment, major essay and final examination

03. Complete written work that shows a critical understanding of contemporary immigration issues in a variety of contexts, including theoretical, historical, political, comparative and international.

short assignment, major essay and final examination

04. Produce written work that demonstrates the ability to construct clear, coherent and authoritative arguments on a contemporary immigration issue in a sophisticated manner.

short assignment, major essay and final examination

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