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Unit Overview


Most of today's pressing global challenges are inextricably linked to particular population dynamics. Global health epidemics, climate-related disasters, poverty, inequality and exploitation, war and conflict, economic interdependencies, and cultural and socio-political difference are all shaped by, and have implications for, human migration. This unit examines the fundamental relationship between migration and development. It has two main themes: 1) migration associated with labour and livelihoods on a global scale, 2) the growing prevalence of forced migration or population displacement in response to conflict and violence, environmental and climatic changes, and major development projects.

Students analyse migration trends and associated policy dimensions, both internationally and internally (i.e. within nation states). They develop skills in assessing the impacts of skilled and unskilled labour migration schemes and streams on the dynamics of poverty, underdevelopment and inequality both within and between countries. Here we consider the drivers implications for origin/source community, migrant, and destinations, as well as the particular challenges faced by mobile and nomadic populations in securing their livelihoods through regular population movement.

Students also explore the continuum of voluntary to forced migration. In examining different forms, and drivers, of contemporary population displacement, students develop knowledge and expertise from research, policy and practice regarding principles for responding to the growing challenge of population displacement globally.

6 points
AvailabilityLocationModeFirst year of offer
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) identify the main migration dynamics that shape development processes within and across nation-states; (2) relate geographical historical and theoretical perspectives regarding migration, to migration patterns and policy; (3) apply a reflexive framework to learning about, and engaging with, migration and displacement on a global scale; and (4) demonstrate collaborative oral and written communication skills appropriate for professional engagement in the development sector.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) reflective logs; (2) position paper; and (3) concept map. 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 Sarah Prout Quicke
Unit rules
24 points of prior study
GEOG4001 Migration and Development
Advisable prior study
GEOG1107 Human Inequality in the Anthropocene (ID 8266)
Contact hours
1-2 hours online lectures
2-3 hours workshops/seminars per week
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  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • 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.