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INR3005 Migrant Worlds: Issues in Contemporary and Historical Migration

Semester 2, 2016 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Arts and Communication
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 090399 - Studies in Human Society n.e.c

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Examiner: Jess Carniel

Other requisites

Computer, e-mail and Internet access:
Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at //

As this is a third year level course, it is advisable that students do not take this course in their first year of study.


The flow of people globally via migration has shaped nations like Australia historically, and continues to be an important trend that influences social, cultural, political and economic issues both within the nation and the international arena. Students in a wide range of disciplines in the Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts will benefit from this examination of contemporary and historical issues in global and Australian migration trends and cultures. This course will provide theoretical and conceptual underpinnings for understanding migration, as well as a case study approach to specific issues, such as humanitarian and economic migration, settlement policies, and cultural phenomena. It will provide an in-depth understanding of migration drawn from range of disciplines, such as international relations, history, social sciences, and cultural studies.


This course provides an understanding of the theoretical and conceptual bases of migration as a global phenomenon that shapes local, national and international cultures, societies, economies and politics. It draws upon a range of international and Australian case studies to explore major trends and issues, such as humanitarian migration trends, economic migration, settlements policies (such as multiculturalism), and cultural representations (such as art, film and literature).


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. identify key trends, discourses and debates in global migration
  2. analyse and discuss migration in historical and contemporary contexts in Australia and other countries
  3. reflect on the political, economic and cultural bases of attitudes to migration and migrants in Australia and other global contexts
  4. apply ethical research, enquiry skills and academic integrity via the norms of research and referencing of work
  5. demonstrate oral and written skills in the analysis and discussion of migration issues and trends, via policy, academic, media, and cultural texts that inform debates about migration
  6. comprehend, analyse and apply literature and theory to an interdisciplinary field of study.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Migration theory and concepts 25.00
2. Issues in Australian migration 25.00
3. Economic migration 10.00
4. Humanitarian migration 10.00
5. Settlement policy 10.00
6. Cultural representations 10.00
7. Citizenship and transnationalism 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Selected readings available via StudyDesk.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Carens, K 2013, The ethics of immigration, OUP, USA.
  • Jupp, J 2007, From white Australia to Woomera: the story of Australian immigration, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.
  • Markus, A 2009, Australia?s immigration revolution, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest, NSW.
  • Stalker, P 2008, The no-nonsense guide to international migration, New Internationalist, Oxford, UK.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Lectures 13.00
Private Study 126.00
Tutorials 26.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ANALYTICAL ESSAY 100 30 29 Aug 2016
READING QUIZZES 100 10 21 Oct 2016 (see note 1)
REFLECTIVE BLOG 100 10 21 Oct 2016 (see note 2)
RESEARCH ESSAY 100 50 24 Oct 2016

  1. Quizzes are due each week and are administered via StudyDesk
  2. Blog entries are due each week

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students? responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Not applicable.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in this course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect the same grades as those students who do possess them.