GEOG 2161 - Migration and Development

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2021

The number of people living outside their country of birth has grown significantly in recent decades. This course introduces students to the scale, composition, characteristics, distribution, causes, effects, and implications of evolving patterns of population movements between and within nations. It focuses on the relationship between migration and economic development, environmental issues, and socio-cultural change. Key theories that explain migration and development are investigated and assessed, with an emphasis on understanding the migration-development nexus from a transnational perspective. As well as global migration patterns and issues, the course discusses main spatio-temporal patterns and migration pathways in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code GEOG 2161
    Course Migration and Development
    Coordinating Unit Geography, Environment and Population
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites At least 12 units of Level I undergraduate study
    Incompatible GEOG 3026, GEOG 2133, GEST 2023, GEST 3023 or GEST 2033
    Course Description The number of people living outside their country of birth has grown significantly in recent decades. This course introduces students to the scale, composition, characteristics, distribution, causes, effects, and implications of evolving patterns of population movements between and within nations. It focuses on the relationship between migration and economic development, environmental issues, and socio-cultural change. Key theories that explain migration and development are investigated and assessed, with an emphasis on understanding the migration-development nexus from a transnational perspective. As well as global migration patterns and issues, the course discusses main spatio-temporal patterns and migration pathways in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Yan Tan

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1. Understand the scale, composition, characteristics, distribution, causes, and consequences of increasing global migration and its relationship with the changing global labour market;

    2. Understand the relationship between migration across nations and multi-dimensional development, the role of diaspora linkages,
    climate change and other environmental stresses, and demographic and social changes;

    3. Understand Australia’s immigration policy and programs and how they impact on Australia’s population growth, composition,
    distribution, and development;

    4. Understand the vulnerability of migrant sub-groups, such as women, students,  refugees, displaced people, and how policy can impinge upon the settlement experience and outcomes of various categories of migrants and have implications for achieving sustainable populations and development; and

    5. Develop a strong ability to research issues relating to migrants and develop problem-solving, analytical, and high-level written
    and presentation skills.

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1,2,3,4
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1,2,3,4,5
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    1,2,3,4,5
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1,5
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1,2,3,4,5
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    1,2,3,4,5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    There is no textbook for the course.

    Online Learning

    Students will need to have access to computer, and ability to obtain data and publications through the Department of Home Affairs website, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) website, the International Organization of Migration (IOM), and other websites suggested for relevant publications.

    Students will be provided with a comprehensive list of readings, which include a suite of refereed journal articles, books, book chapters, and online materials on the subject relevant to the lecture and tutorials each week. Suggested readings are made available through MyUni/Course Readings for students’ easy access.

    Students will be expected to do those readings and browse the Department of Home Affairs website, the ABS website, the IOM,
    and other websites suggested for relevant publications.

    All other required materials (e.g. lecture slides, assessment information, web links) are also provided on MyUni.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes


    This course is based on examining migration causes, processes, policies, and development outcomes in Australia and internationally. Skill-building tasks will involve accessing and analysing data to establish trends and patterns in migration, and understanding the settlement, labour market experience of migrants, and development not only for migrants themselves but also for the nations of origin and destination. Such skills will be relevant and useful to students when engaged in the workforce or undertaking Postgraduate research. The pedagogic approach is designed to develop deep and research-based critical thinking. One two-hour tutorial in class and another two-hour online via Zoom per week will encompass debate and problem solving of complex migration–development issues, in Australia and abroad, and high-level professional capacities in data analysis, research report writing, and presentation.

    The teaching in this course is based on student-centred learning principles and strategies. Students are seen as partners in the learning journey. This course uses a blended approach to delivering lectures and tutorials. Lectures will focus on content delivery and will be delivered online and recorded. Tutorials will be delivered via face-to-face interactions in class and Zoom meetings. Tutorials will have presentations given by students around relevant topics. It is highly encouraged that students attend all tutorials. Please make any arrangements you need with work, family etc. so that you can attend.

    Detailed online teaching and learning materials, including lecture contents, learning objectives, key concepts, tutorial questions, and readings suggested, will be delivered via MyUni/Canvas weekly. Such materials will also reflect layered levels of students in terms of their knowledge basis and disciplinary diversity. Online learning activities (especially lecture contents and basic readings) need to be completed by the students before attending tutorials to get the most out of these tutorials.

    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    WORKLOAD – STRUCTURED LEARNING TOTAL HOURS
    1 x 1-hour lecture per week 12 hours per semester
    1 x 2-hour tutorial per week 24 hours per semester
    TOTAL = 36 hours
    WORKLOAD – SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING TOTAL HOURS
    6 hours reading per week 72 hours per semester
    2 hours research per week 24 hours per semester
    2 hours of assignment preparation per week 24 hours per semester
    TOTAL = 156 hours
    Learning Activities Summary
    WEEK TOPIC
    1 Introduction to Migration and Development; Global Migration Trends and Challenges
    2 Migration Theories and Concepts
    3 Methods for Studying Migration and Development
    4 Conceptualising the Migration-Development Nexus
    5 Migration in the Asia-Pacific Region; Australia’s Migration Programs and Immigration to Australia
    6 Skilled Migration; Regional Migration and Its Demographic and Socio-Economic Impacts
    7 Migration and Gender; Forced Migration and Development
    8 Migration and Climate Change in the Asia-Pacific Region
    9 Migration, Environmental Change, and Development: Case Studies in China
    10 Diaspora Engagement: Policy and Practice
    11 The Future of Migration and Development Post COVID-19: Issues and Interventions
    12 Course Review
    Specific Course Requirements
    Nil.

    Small Group Discovery Experience
    This course is designed to encourage discussions around a range of issues on local and global migration and development. The course runs Small-Group Discovery sessions, which are designed to enable students and the teacher to closely interact with each other. The topics set
    for tutorial discussions are linked to real-world examples and student learning outcomes. Thus, students can build their discussion and presentation skills by participating in group discussions on topics of their choice. Student-centred learning exercises are a feature of these discussions
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    ASSESSMENT TASK TASK TYPE WEIGHTING COURSE LEARNING OUTCOME(S)
    Tutorial participation Formative & Summative 10% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Presentation: About 10 minutes individual presentation on one of nominated topics in the course Summative 20% 1, 5
    Research essay on one of 3 set topics (1500-1700 words) Summative 30% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Migration–development case study report (2000-2200 words) Summative 40% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Assessment Related Requirements
    • To pass the course students need to complete and submit all set assignments (on time) for assessment.
    • Students are highly encouraged to actively participate in all tutorials.
    • Students are expected to use the Harvard (author-date) referencing system for the written assignments. Your work should include references where needed.
    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.

    Submission


    All assignments must be submitted electronically via MyUni/Canvas. To check for plagiarism we use TURNITIN. Last possible time for submission is always midnight on the due date.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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