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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.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJames Leibold

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesSeminar discussions, online forums.Students engage with immigration issues in class and on-line activities, as well as assessment tasks including research essay and take-home exam.Students will conduct comprehensive independent research for their research essay.Students will construct and present clear, coherent arguments in seminars, on-line assessment, research essay and their take-home exam.Students engage with social, ethical and cultural understanding in seminars, on-line activities and all assessment tasks.

Capstone subjectNo

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


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Quota Management StrategyEnrolment accepted until quota reached

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Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

The Age of Migration: International Population Movements in the Modern World

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorCastles, S., De Haas, H. and Miller, M.J.


Edition/Volume6th ed

PublisherPalgrave MacMillan


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Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

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Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
COMMUNICATION - Cultural Intelligence and Global Perspective
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Adaptability and Self-Management
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Participate confidently and persuasively in class-based discussions and debates on immigration-related issues.
02. Analyse contemporary immigration issues in a variety of contexts, including theoretical, historical, political, comparative and international contexts.
03. Research independently and comprehensively on migration-related topics.
04. Construct clear, coherent and authoritative, evidence-based arguments on a contemporary immigration issue in a sophisticated manner and propose creative solutions to immigration problems.
05. Distinguish between social, ethical and cultural understanding of self and others.

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