Subject details

At the completion of this subject students will:

  1. identify migration trends in Australia and in transnational spaces
  2. critically evaluate Australia’s regional responsibilities regarding migration intake and the complex ethical, economic and security concerns
  3. analyse how socio-cultural values and local economic factors interact with global processes to influence policy outcomes at the local level
  4. apply analytical skills to interpret analyse and synthesise data from a variety of sources and communicate information effectively.
  • Topics

    • Unit introduction - Key concepts and theories of migration
    • Hans Rosling’s ‘Facts about the Population’
    • International migration; voluntary migration
    • International migration; involuntary migration
    • Return migration; guest workers, human trafficking and smuggling
    • Making Australia great – a multicultural nation
    • Fieldtrip: Ethnic enclaves, ethnic economies and integration
    • International Retirement migration, seasonal migration and youth migration
    • Domestic migration: Case review of Australia and China
    • Governing migration flows: restrictionism vs open borders
    • Forum: class migration stories
    • Podcast - Unit summary
  • Study resources

    • Instructional Methods

      • Standard Media
      • Web links
      • Online assignment submission
      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject is concerned with the mobility of human life and the contemporary and historical processes of migration. Drawing on findings from human geography, demography and politics, the unit will encompass: spatial patterns of migration in Australia, international migration, the globalisation of labour markets, the complex ethical, economic and security concerns emanating from migration, skilled migration, population ageing, and rural to urban (and urban to rural) migration.

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  • Report (50%)
  • Investigation (50%)

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