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Unit information: Lives on the move: Migration and Mobility from a Global Perspective in 2020/21

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Unit name Lives on the move: Migration and Mobility from a Global Perspective
Unit code ARCH20066
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Zhang
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Anthropology and Archaeology
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This unit enables students to understand migration and diversity from a global perspective. Migration bears significant impact on the economic, political and social processes in most societies in the world. It is also at the heart of contemporary issues of population and demographic change, ethnicity and race, immigration and security, human rights, as well as globalisation and diversity. As societies become increasingly connected, population movements are changing the ways in which communities and societies are formed and organized. The sheer scale and impact of international and domestic migration change fundamental categories of social life – family, community, and nation. It gives rise to new identities and diverse practices of belonging. This unit introduces key concepts in migration and mobility studies, and discusses a range of conceptual categories through migration, including ethnicity, race, nationalism, multiculturalism, gender, development, human rights, citizenship, governance, immigration and security.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of this unit, successful students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate critical thinking on contemporary issues on migration, race and ethnicity, immigration and multiculturalism, borders and security;

2. Evidence deep understanding of the diverse forms of migrant experiences in the globalizing context;

3. Demonstrate coherent theoretical knowledge of migration and key concepts related to migration, society and diversity;

4. Use theories of migration to analyse social relations, community interactions, and identity formations;

5. Demonstrate the capability to review and write about complex issues revolving migration by synthesising views and materials from academic literature as well as other sources of information.

6. Develop skills to work with both texts and images towards expressive, concise, and effective communication.

Teaching Information

Seminar style lectures plus one-hour tutorial/class activity each week Weekly topics will incorporate 2-3 academic readings, one documentary (watch in class or at home), and time for class discussions and activities.

Assessment Information

1. Annotated bibliography (1,500 words) 40% ILOs 1,3,5

2. Major photo essay (3,000 words) 60% ILOs 1-6

Reading and References

Castles, Stephen, Hein de Haas, Mark J. Miller. Eds. (2014) The age of migration (5th edition). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Lucassen, Leo. 2005. The immigrant threat: the integration of old and new migrants in Western Europe since 1850. Chicago: University of Illinois Press.

Ong, Aihwa. 1999. Flexible Citizenship: The Cultural Logics of Transnationality. Durham: Duke University Press.

Parreñas, Rhacel Salazar. 2015. Servants of Globalization: Migration and Domestic Work (2nd edition). Stanford: Stanford University Press.

Torpey, John. 2000. The invention of the passport: surveillance, citizenship and the state. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Xiang, Biao. 2006. Global body shopping: An Indian Labor System in the Information Technology Industry. Princeton: Princeton University Press.