University Course Planner The University of Adelaide Australia

GEOG 3026 - Migration and Development

Career: Undergraduate
Units: 3
Term: Semester 2
Campus: North Terrace
Contact: Up to 3 hours a week
Available for Study Abroad and Exchange: Yes
Available for Non-Award Study: Yes
Pre-Requisite: At least 6 units of Level II undergraduate study
Assumed Knowledge: It will be assumed students have proficiency at research and written skills for Level III
Incompatible: GEST 2023 & GEST 3023, GEST 2033, GEOG 2133 taught on advanced 2-3 system
Assessment: Attendance and participation 10%, Tutorial paper (800 words) 20%, Research Essay 30%, Take home Exam 40%

The number of people living outside their country of birth has grown significantly in recent decades, reaching an estimated 257 million people in 2017, an increase of 69% since 1990. This course introduces students to the scale, composition, characteristics, distribution, causes, effects and implications of evolving patterns of population movement between nations. It focuses on the relationship between migration and economic development, environmental issues and socio-cultural change. A number of theories that explain migration and development are investigated and assessed, with an emphasis of understanding the migration-development nexus from a transnational perspective. It discusses the evolution of transnational theory, , diaspora and power relationships; brings together the changing nature of migration patterns, evidence of transnational linkages and their associated determinants; examines migrants’/diasporas’ contribution to the development of the destination and origin countries; unravels the causal mechanisms and processes linking migrants/diasporas with development outcomes. While the course discusses global patterns and issues there is a focus on Australia and the Asia-Pacific region to illustrate the main spatio-temporal patterns, migration pathways and multi-scalar and multi-dimensional linkages. There is a particular interest in the role of policy with respect to both the migration process and the reception of migrants in destination countries. Our students will develop a set of highly transferable skills, including critical thinking, analytical capacity and real-world problem solving.

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Course Outline

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Critical Dates

Term Last Day to Add Online Census Date Last Day to WNF Last Day to WF
Semester 2 Mon 10/08/2020 Wed 19/08/2020 Fri 30/10/2020 Not Available

Class Details

Enrolment Class: Lecture
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
20305 LE01 70 21 28 Jul - 15 Sep Tuesday 1pm - 2pm MyUni, OL, Online Class
6 Oct - 27 Oct Tuesday 1pm - 2pm MyUni, OL, Online Class
Related Class: Tutorial
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
20306 TU02 33 5 28 Jul - 15 Sep Tuesday 9am - 11am MyUni, OL, Online Class
6 Oct - 27 Oct Tuesday 9am - 11am MyUni, OL, Online Class
20307 TU01 33 12 31 Jul - 18 Sep Friday 2pm - 4pm Ingkarni Wardli, B17, Teaching Room
9 Oct - 30 Oct Friday 2pm - 4pm Ingkarni Wardli, B17, Teaching Room