Border Security and Migration - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (50%) , Assignment 2 (20%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 3,120.00
International 3,370.00

 This unit examines the nature and causes of migratory and refugee movements in the past and present and their effects on their security  of states and societies. It aims to assess the political and practical measures being taken both by the developed and developing countries to control the migratory flows. Thereby special attention is paid to national border control mechanisms as well as international cooperation that comprise both state and non-state actors. Another focus of this unit is to analysis the political and societal effects of the integration of immigrants.

On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. evaluate the complex challenges posed by cross-border terrorism, refugees and asylum seekers in the evolving borderless world
  2. demonstrate insightful and critical understanding of the issues, processes and trends related to border security and migration
  3. demonstrate advanced capability to conduct research, analyse academic literature by reviewing and synthesising the current debate and trends in migration and border security
  4. demonstrate sophisticated ability to develop arguments by integrating and evaluating primary and secondary sources at a very high level
  5. demonstrate a sophisticated evaluation of the relationship between border security and migration
  6. compose comprehensive reports, use advanced vocabulary and terminology, analyze patterns, develop theoretical framework and contribute to prognosis.
  • Assignment 1 (50%)
  • Assignment 2 (20%)
  • Assignment 3 (30%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • PIC970 — Border Security and Migration
  • Broadband access — Students are required to have regular access to a computer and the internet. Mobile devices alone are not sufficient

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Migration, Border and Security
2Theoretical Perspectives: Migration, Development and Border
3Migration: What shape it is taking
4Border Security and Migration Challenges: Statelessness, Human Trafficking and War Criminals
5US: Border Security, Migration and New Challenges
6Europe: Legislative Framework and Evolving Security and Migration Patterns

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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