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SOCI2020 – Global Migration and Human Rights

2020 – Session 1, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Amanda Wise
Credit points Credit points
Prerequisites Prerequisites
40cp at 1000 level or above
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This unit explores debates and issues surrounding migrants, refugees and asylum seekers from a global perspective through case studies from Australia, Asia, the Middle East, UK, Europe, and the US. Through the lens of human rights and social justice, you will interrogate some of the causes and consequences of mass migration both forced and voluntary and explore how population movements are shaped by economic, social, and political forces. By analysing interdisciplinary literature associated with the sociology of international migration you will learn how global migration is linked to major social transformations at the local, national and global level and in turn how these impact upon the settlement trajectories of migrants, refugees and host societies. Topics covered include changing patterns in Australian migration, transnational families, migrant labour in the economy, low-end globalisation and migrant entrepreneurs, border regimes, asylum seekers and refugees, low wage migrant workers in Asia and the Middle East, people trafficking and modern slavery, and migrant activism.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Identify the main causes and consequences of migratory flows and patterns of forced displacement around the world, including Australia
  • ULO2: Describe and apply interdisciplinary concepts related to the study of temporary and permanent migration, refugees, asylum seekers, transnationalism, nationalism, borders, citizenship.
  • ULO3: Distinguish sociological perspectives on international migration, refugees and human rights.
  • ULO4: Demonstrate knowledge of influential debates concerning human rights, temporary and permanent migration, refugees and asylum seekers.
  • ULO5: Know where to source quality news coverage and opinion pieces on refugees, migration and border politics, and critically appraise information circulating on social and popular news media on these topics.

Assessment Tasks

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General Assessment Information

Late Assessment Penalty

Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, (a) a penalty for lateness will apply – two (2) marks out of 100 will be deducted per day for assignments submitted after the due date – and (b) no assignment will be accepted more than seven (7) days (incl. weekends) after the original submission deadline. No late submissions will be accepted for timed assessments – e.g. quizzes, online tests.

Delivery and Resources

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Tutorials and Lectures, documentaries.

Unit Schedule

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Week 1: Introduction: Sociology of International Migration 

Week 2: Theories on Migration and Methodologies 

WEEK 3: Migrant labour in the economy + Migrant social capital 

Week 4: Diaspora, Transnationalism & Low End Globalisation: the Case of Africans in China 

Week 5: Temporary Mobilities Australia - Staggered Pathways 

Week 6: Intermediaries, Brokers & Infrastructures of Migration 

Week 7: Documentary - Chasing Asylum (No tutorials this week - Fieldwork ) 

Week 9: Immigration Controls, Asylum Seekers and Refugees 

Week 8: Transnational Families + Flexible Citizenship 

Week 10: Low wage migrant labour 

Week 11: Trafficking, modern slavery & unfree labour 

Week 12: Transnational Solidarities, Activism & Migrant Advocacy 

Week 13: Conclusion 

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Changes since First Published

Date Description
25/02/2020 Updated info on Assessment task (switched from weekly quiz to a weekly reading and lecture summary)