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Unit Overview


We are living in an era when unprecedented numbers of people are moving ever further and faster, both within and across national borders. What are the implications of growing levels of permanent and temporary migration, undocumented migration, and movements of people seeking asylum? What are the implications of recent policies curtailing movement? Are we really becoming superdiverse and hypermobile? How are internal movements, and movements across national borders, to be understand through a sociological or anthropological lens? Have multiculturalism and social cohesion been co-opted, and to what ends? How do culture and belief systems reflect or challenge (im)mobility? What role has technology played in these changes, and in the maintenance and creation of relationships locally and globally?

The aim of this unit is to examine these questions and more by considering the work of anthropologists, sociologists and others who have explored and attempted to conceptualise the movements of people and their social effects. The unit further aims to familiarise students with the variable theoretical perspectives that have been brought to bear on migration, ethnicity, citizenship and belonging, and the ways in which ethnographic research may be undertaken in cities.

6 points
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of key conceptual and methodological issues in the anthropological and sociological study of migration and mobilities; (2) demonstrate knowledge of the history of ideas related to the study of migration and relevant ethical considerations; (3) demonstrate an ability to engage with, critique and understand the main theoretical approaches used by social scientists to study refugees and human rights; (4) demonstrate an ability to understand, investigate and discuss the key concepts, theories and debates in the literature on migration, mobilities and belonging; and (5) develop a written and oral capacity to present clear, lucid, well-documented arguments, drawing on both theory and empirical or ethnographic material relevant to this unit in a collegial manner and setting.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation; (2) test; and (3) assignments. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Catriona Stevens
Unit rules
any level 2 ANTH unit
ANTH2211 Cities, Culture and Globalisation
Contact hours
up to 3 hours per teaching week
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.