BORDERS, BOATS AND BARRICADES: THE POLITICS OF INTERNATIONAL MIGRATION

POL3MSS

2019

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject examines the politics of international migration in a global age. It considers international migration trends and the theoretical models that explain the factors motivating mass movements of people in recent decades.  It looks at how governments and the international community respond. Some migrants are welcome. Others are not.Why? How do governments integrate, or not, migrants into the host society? How do they sell their migration policies to their own citizens? We will also consider the effects diverse 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 and societies are faring in local, comparative and trans-national contexts. Assessment tasks will develop students' understanding of global mobility and their capacity to devise effective policy resolutions of the challenges and opportunities it presents.

 




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

Co-requisites N/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjects N/A

Special conditions N/A

Readings

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

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Participate confidently and persuasively in class-based discussions and debates on immigration-related issues.

Activities:
seminar discussions, online forums
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Analyse contemporary immigration issues in a variety of contexts, including theoretical, historical, political, comparative and international contexts.

Activities:
on-line assessment, research essay and take-home exam
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Research independently and comprehensively on migration-related topics.

Activities:
on-line assessment, research essay and take-home exam
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

04. Construct clear, coherent and authoritative, evidence-based arguments on a contemporary immigration issue in a sophisticated manner.

Activities:
on-line assessment, research essay and take-home exam
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

05. Distinguish between social, ethical and cultural understanding of self and others.

Activities:
on-line assessment, research essay and take-home exam
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)

06. Propose creative resolutions to complex immigration problems in both written and oral forms.

Activities:
tutorial discussions, research essay and take-home exam
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Summer 3, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size80

Enrolment information Subject is offered in intensive mode hence difficult to manage large cohort first come first served

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGwenda Tavan

Class requirements

Block Mode Week: 06 - 07
Six 6.0 hours block mode per study period on weekdays during the day from week 06 to week 07 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Online assessment (1000 words)25 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
One 2,000 research essay50 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
Take-home examination (1,000 words)25 02, 03, 04, 05, 06