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SOC 297 – Migration, Human Rights and Diversity

2017 – S1 External

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Lecturer
Associate Professor Amanda Wise
Contact via 9850-8835
W6A833
By appointment
Raj Velayutham
Credit points Credit points
3
Prerequisites Prerequisites
12cp at 100 level or above
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
In this unit you will consider migration from a global perspective. You will focus on the way that population movements are shaped by global economic and political changes, as well as the impact of population movements on international and national politics. You will be introduced to the most vital practices and politics related to international migration and settlement. You will also analyse some of the key literature associated with the sociology of international migration.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Be able to discuss some of the characteristics of migratory flows around the world, as well as in the Australian context
  2. Recognise the contribution of a range of sociological perspectives to debates concerning international migration
  3. Be familiar with the concepts of migration, diaspora, transnationalism, nation, ethnicity, multiculturalism, citizenship, and racism
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of a number of influential debates concerning migrants and migration, and multiculturalism
  5. Provide constructive input into the presentations of others
  6. Be able to source and engage with quality news coverage and opinion pieces.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Due
Tutorial Powepoint 25% Assigned
Media Commentary Portfolio 25% Week 6
Research Essay 30% Week 12
Online Participation 20% Ongoing

Tutorial Powepoint

Due: Assigned
Weighting: 25%

Online Tutorial Presentation and Reflection


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Be able to discuss some of the characteristics of migratory flows around the world, as well as in the Australian context
  • Recognise the contribution of a range of sociological perspectives to debates concerning international migration
  • Be familiar with the concepts of migration, diaspora, transnationalism, nation, ethnicity, multiculturalism, citizenship, and racism
  • Demonstrate knowledge of a number of influential debates concerning migrants and migration, and multiculturalism
  • Provide constructive input into the presentations of others
  • Be able to source and engage with quality news coverage and opinion pieces.

Media Commentary Portfolio

Due: Week 6
Weighting: 25%

Reflection on portfolio of quality media commentary


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Be able to discuss some of the characteristics of migratory flows around the world, as well as in the Australian context
  • Recognise the contribution of a range of sociological perspectives to debates concerning international migration
  • Demonstrate knowledge of a number of influential debates concerning migrants and migration, and multiculturalism
  • Be able to source and engage with quality news coverage and opinion pieces.

Research Essay

Due: Week 12
Weighting: 30%

Written research essay based on set questions drawn from key weeks in the unit.

 


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Be able to discuss some of the characteristics of migratory flows around the world, as well as in the Australian context
  • Recognise the contribution of a range of sociological perspectives to debates concerning international migration
  • Be familiar with the concepts of migration, diaspora, transnationalism, nation, ethnicity, multiculturalism, citizenship, and racism
  • Demonstrate knowledge of a number of influential debates concerning migrants and migration, and multiculturalism
  • Be able to source and engage with quality news coverage and opinion pieces.

Online Participation

Due: Ongoing
Weighting: 20%

External students are expected to participate in a weekly online discussion via ilearn. 


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Be able to discuss some of the characteristics of migratory flows around the world, as well as in the Australian context
  • Recognise the contribution of a range of sociological perspectives to debates concerning international migration
  • Be familiar with the concepts of migration, diaspora, transnationalism, nation, ethnicity, multiculturalism, citizenship, and racism
  • Demonstrate knowledge of a number of influential debates concerning migrants and migration, and multiculturalism
  • Provide constructive input into the presentations of others
  • Be able to source and engage with quality news coverage and opinion pieces.

Delivery and Resources

External delivery involves compulsory weekly participation in online tutorials, listening / watching lectures online, submitting all assignments.

All reading materials and documentary sources will be available online.

Unit Schedule

Week

Lecture topics and assessment deadlines

Lecturer

 

PART I

Introduction

 

1

Introduction: Sociology of International Migration and Multiculturalism

Amanda Wise

2

Theories of Migration and Methodologies

Amanda Wise

 

PART II

Issues in international migration

 

3

Gender, Class and Social Inequality

Amanda Wise

4

Migration, Development and Social Capital

Amanda Wise

5

Immigration controls, Asylum Seekers and Refugees

Amanda Wise

6

Global Diasporas and Transnationalism

Amanda Wise

7

Documentary Screening & Discussion

*RECESS*

 

*RECESS*

 

8

STUDY WEEK: (NO LECTURE AND TUTORIALS)

Amanda Wise

 

PART III

Living with cultural diversity

 

9

Managing Diversity: Multiculturalism, 'Assimilation', Integration and Social Cohesion

Amanda Wise

10

Living with Difference: Everyday Multiculture and Commonplace Diversity

Amanda Wise

11

Nationalism, contemporary populism 

 

12

Racism, Everyday Racism, Anti-Racism

Amanda Wise

13

 

Conclusion

         

Amanda Wise

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Grade Appeal Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/gradeappeal/policy.html

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Disruption to Studies Policy http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html The Disruption to Studies Policy is effective from March 3 2014 and replaces the Special Consideration Policy.

In addition, a number of other policies can be found in the Learning and Teaching Category of Policy Central.

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/support/student_conduct/

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Graduate Capabilities

Critical, Analytical and Integrative Thinking

We want our graduates to be capable of reasoning, questioning and analysing, and to integrate and synthesise learning and knowledge from a range of sources and environments; to be able to critique constraints, assumptions and limitations; to be able to think independently and systemically in relation to scholarly activity, in the workplace, and in the world. We want them to have a level of scientific and information technology literacy.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Be able to discuss some of the characteristics of migratory flows around the world, as well as in the Australian context
  • Recognise the contribution of a range of sociological perspectives to debates concerning international migration
  • Be familiar with the concepts of migration, diaspora, transnationalism, nation, ethnicity, multiculturalism, citizenship, and racism
  • Demonstrate knowledge of a number of influential debates concerning migrants and migration, and multiculturalism
  • Provide constructive input into the presentations of others
  • Be able to source and engage with quality news coverage and opinion pieces.

Assessment tasks

  • Tutorial Powepoint
  • Media Commentary Portfolio
  • Research Essay
  • Online Participation

Creative and Innovative

Our graduates will also be capable of creative thinking and of creating knowledge. They will be imaginative and open to experience and capable of innovation at work and in the community. We want them to be engaged in applying their critical, creative thinking.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Be able to discuss some of the characteristics of migratory flows around the world, as well as in the Australian context
  • Recognise the contribution of a range of sociological perspectives to debates concerning international migration
  • Be familiar with the concepts of migration, diaspora, transnationalism, nation, ethnicity, multiculturalism, citizenship, and racism
  • Demonstrate knowledge of a number of influential debates concerning migrants and migration, and multiculturalism
  • Provide constructive input into the presentations of others

Assessment tasks

  • Tutorial Powepoint
  • Media Commentary Portfolio
  • Research Essay
  • Online Participation

Socially and Environmentally Active and Responsible

We want our graduates to be aware of and have respect for self and others; to be able to work with others as a leader and a team player; to have a sense of connectedness with others and country; and to have a sense of mutual obligation. Our graduates should be informed and active participants in moving society towards sustainability.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Be able to discuss some of the characteristics of migratory flows around the world, as well as in the Australian context
  • Recognise the contribution of a range of sociological perspectives to debates concerning international migration
  • Be familiar with the concepts of migration, diaspora, transnationalism, nation, ethnicity, multiculturalism, citizenship, and racism
  • Demonstrate knowledge of a number of influential debates concerning migrants and migration, and multiculturalism
  • Provide constructive input into the presentations of others
  • Be able to source and engage with quality news coverage and opinion pieces.

Assessment tasks

  • Tutorial Powepoint
  • Media Commentary Portfolio
  • Research Essay
  • Online Participation

Discipline Specific Knowledge and Skills

Our graduates will take with them the intellectual development, depth and breadth of knowledge, scholarly understanding, and specific subject content in their chosen fields to make them competent and confident in their subject or profession. They will be able to demonstrate, where relevant, professional technical competence and meet professional standards. They will be able to articulate the structure of knowledge of their discipline, be able to adapt discipline-specific knowledge to novel situations, and be able to contribute from their discipline to inter-disciplinary solutions to problems.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Be able to discuss some of the characteristics of migratory flows around the world, as well as in the Australian context
  • Recognise the contribution of a range of sociological perspectives to debates concerning international migration
  • Be familiar with the concepts of migration, diaspora, transnationalism, nation, ethnicity, multiculturalism, citizenship, and racism
  • Demonstrate knowledge of a number of influential debates concerning migrants and migration, and multiculturalism
  • Provide constructive input into the presentations of others

Assessment tasks

  • Tutorial Powepoint
  • Media Commentary Portfolio
  • Research Essay
  • Online Participation

Problem Solving and Research Capability

Our graduates should be capable of researching; of analysing, and interpreting and assessing data and information in various forms; of drawing connections across fields of knowledge; and they should be able to relate their knowledge to complex situations at work or in the world, in order to diagnose and solve problems. We want them to have the confidence to take the initiative in doing so, within an awareness of their own limitations.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Be able to discuss some of the characteristics of migratory flows around the world, as well as in the Australian context
  • Recognise the contribution of a range of sociological perspectives to debates concerning international migration
  • Be familiar with the concepts of migration, diaspora, transnationalism, nation, ethnicity, multiculturalism, citizenship, and racism
  • Demonstrate knowledge of a number of influential debates concerning migrants and migration, and multiculturalism
  • Provide constructive input into the presentations of others
  • Be able to source and engage with quality news coverage and opinion pieces.

Assessment tasks

  • Tutorial Powepoint
  • Media Commentary Portfolio
  • Research Essay

Effective Communication

We want to develop in our students the ability to communicate and convey their views in forms effective with different audiences. We want our graduates to take with them the capability to read, listen, question, gather and evaluate information resources in a variety of formats, assess, write clearly, speak effectively, and to use visual communication and communication technologies as appropriate.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Be able to discuss some of the characteristics of migratory flows around the world, as well as in the Australian context
  • Recognise the contribution of a range of sociological perspectives to debates concerning international migration
  • Be familiar with the concepts of migration, diaspora, transnationalism, nation, ethnicity, multiculturalism, citizenship, and racism
  • Demonstrate knowledge of a number of influential debates concerning migrants and migration, and multiculturalism
  • Provide constructive input into the presentations of others

Assessment tasks

  • Tutorial Powepoint
  • Media Commentary Portfolio
  • Research Essay
  • Online Participation

Engaged and Ethical Local and Global citizens

As local citizens our graduates will be aware of indigenous perspectives and of the nation's historical context. They will be engaged with the challenges of contemporary society and with knowledge and ideas. We want our graduates to have respect for diversity, to be open-minded, sensitive to others and inclusive, and to be open to other cultures and perspectives: they should have a level of cultural literacy. Our graduates should be aware of disadvantage and social justice, and be willing to participate to help create a wiser and better society.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Be able to discuss some of the characteristics of migratory flows around the world, as well as in the Australian context
  • Recognise the contribution of a range of sociological perspectives to debates concerning international migration
  • Be familiar with the concepts of migration, diaspora, transnationalism, nation, ethnicity, multiculturalism, citizenship, and racism
  • Demonstrate knowledge of a number of influential debates concerning migrants and migration, and multiculturalism
  • Provide constructive input into the presentations of others
  • Be able to source and engage with quality news coverage and opinion pieces.

Assessment tasks

  • Tutorial Powepoint
  • Media Commentary Portfolio
  • Research Essay
  • Online Participation

Capable of Professional and Personal Judgement and Initiative

We want our graduates to have emotional intelligence and sound interpersonal skills and to demonstrate discernment and common sense in their professional and personal judgement. They will exercise initiative as needed. They will be capable of risk assessment, and be able to handle ambiguity and complexity, enabling them to be adaptable in diverse and changing environments.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Be able to discuss some of the characteristics of migratory flows around the world, as well as in the Australian context
  • Recognise the contribution of a range of sociological perspectives to debates concerning international migration
  • Be familiar with the concepts of migration, diaspora, transnationalism, nation, ethnicity, multiculturalism, citizenship, and racism
  • Demonstrate knowledge of a number of influential debates concerning migrants and migration, and multiculturalism
  • Provide constructive input into the presentations of others
  • Be able to source and engage with quality news coverage and opinion pieces.

Assessment tasks

  • Tutorial Powepoint
  • Media Commentary Portfolio
  • Research Essay
  • Online Participation

Commitment to Continuous Learning

Our graduates will have enquiring minds and a literate curiosity which will lead them to pursue knowledge for its own sake. They will continue to pursue learning in their careers and as they participate in the world. They will be capable of reflecting on their experiences and relationships with others and the environment, learning from them, and growing - personally, professionally and socially.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Be able to discuss some of the characteristics of migratory flows around the world, as well as in the Australian context
  • Recognise the contribution of a range of sociological perspectives to debates concerning international migration
  • Be familiar with the concepts of migration, diaspora, transnationalism, nation, ethnicity, multiculturalism, citizenship, and racism
  • Demonstrate knowledge of a number of influential debates concerning migrants and migration, and multiculturalism
  • Provide constructive input into the presentations of others
  • Be able to source and engage with quality news coverage and opinion pieces.

Assessment tasks

  • Tutorial Powepoint
  • Media Commentary Portfolio
  • Research Essay
  • Online Participation

Changes from Previous Offering

Take Home Exam removed from assessments. Weighting of assessments updated. Reading list updated. Required readings now available on ilearn.