GEOG4001 Migration and Development

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
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.
Students are able to (1) identify the main migration dynamics that shape development processes within and across nation-states; (2) relate historical and theoretical perspectives regarding migration, to policy and practice in international development; (3) apply a reflexive framework to learning about, and engaging with, the 'uneven' population geographies of development; and (4) demonstrate group work, oral and written communication skills appropriate for professional engagement in the development sector.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) seminar engagement; (2) positioning paper; and (3) concept map. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Sarah Prout Quicke
Unit rules
Advisable prior study:
GEOG3309 Global Inequalities and Population Change: Transformation and Crisis
Contact hours
workshops: 5 hours per week for 8 weeks (block taught with a 2-hour teaching block, followed by a break of at least 1 hour, then a 3-hour teaching blockā€”all on the same day)
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • 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.