Skip to main content

Unit information: Migration and Development in 2021/22

Unit name Migration and Development
Unit code GEOG30018
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Winnie Wang
Open unit status Not open

GEOG20005 State, Economy and Society in Geographical Perspective AND GEOG25010 Spatial Modelling 2



School/department School of Geographical Sciences
Faculty Faculty of Science

Description including Unit Aims

Human migration is a key process in globalization and plays an essential part in economic and social transformations in both developing and developed worlds. This unit introduces a range of scholarly debates concerning both theoretical elaborations and empirical studies within the broad field of migration and development. It engages students with the widespread and diverse nature of both internal and international migration and their social, economic and political impacts on development at different levels, from global to local. The unit covers a variety of topics in the central debates of the relationship between migration and development such as economic migration, gender relations in migration, migration policies and politics, refugee crisis, and migration and environment.

The unit aims to help students understand the interactive and interdependent relationship between migration and development from different conceptual, theoretical and methodological approaches. It also aims to enhance students’ critical thinking in analysing current and past migration trend and issues, particularly related to development.

Lecture outline

Introduction of global migration and development

Main theoretical perspectives on migration and development

Conducting research in migration and development studies

Migration and economic globalization

Internal migration and rural development

Migrants, politics and development

Forced migration and development

Migrants, Citizenship rights and integration

Gender, migration and development

Migration, environment and development

Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Understand the complexities of the relationships between migration and development as well as the relevant key concepts;
  2. Critically engage in theoretical and empirical debates in migration and development;
  3. Appreciate the interdisciplinary nature of studies in migration and development and embrace cross-disciplinary understanding of issues concerned within the realm of migration and development;
  4. Understand both qualitative and quantitative analysis in migration studies;
  5. Demonstrate analytical and conceptual skills in their written work.

Teaching Information

The unit will be taught through a blended combination of online and, if possible, in-person teaching, including

  • online resources
  • synchronous group workshops, seminars, tutorials and/or office hours
  • asynchronous individual activities and guided reading for students to work through at their own pace

Assessment Information


5-minute individual presentation on project


3000-word Research paper (60%) An independent piece of empirical work in the field of migration studies with relevance for development.

Take home assessment (40%)

All assessments assess all of the ILOs.


If this unit has a Resource List, you will normally find a link to it in the Blackboard area for the unit. Sometimes there will be a separate link for each weekly topic.

If you are unable to access a list through Blackboard, you can also find it via the Resource Lists homepage. Search for the list by the unit name or code (e.g. GEOG30018).

How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.