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GG4575: PEOPLE ON THE MOVE: DIMENSIONS OF GLOBAL MIGRATION (2023-2024)

Last modified: 28 Feb 2024 09:16


Course Overview

People are on the move. There are around 281 million international migrants in the world. That’s 1 in 30 people globally who are living outside the country of their birth, three times as many now than the best estimates from 1970. Migration and mobilities, internationally, as well as within countries and regions, shapes our societies. The course explores how these processes play a role in societal issues from the local to global, as well as how society responds to crisis.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Paula Duffy
  • Dr Joe Pierce

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • GG4075 People on the Move: Dimensions of Global Migration (Passed)

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

People are on the move. There are around 281 million international migrants in the world (World Migration Report 2022). That’s 1 in 30 people globally who are living outside the country of their birth, three times as many now than the best estimates from 1970. Migration and mobilities internationally, as well as people moving within countries and regions, shape our societies.

This course explores migration and mobilities scholarship, across scales, from the embodied experiences of migrants to the global patterns and trends. The course will also encourage students to discuss how migration and mobility are practiced and represented in everyday life to understand the ways in which 'modern society is a society on the move' (Urry and Lash, 1994).

The course is structured around five themes: Migration and mobilities - shaping geographies, Migration – governance and the border, Commodification of migration and the ideal migrant, Migrant lives and Desperate journeys in turbulent times. These themes (detailed below) look to position migration and mobility of people on the move into a forward-looking perspective. The course considers how migration and mobilities play a role in societal issues across the globe, as well as how society responds to crisis.

(1) Migration and mobilities - shaping geographies

This theme will discuss the role of migration and mobilities in population / societal change – with a focus on migration as a process for rural, urban and environmental transformations.

(2) Migration – Governance and the border

This will look to consider how migration is key to territorialisation and bordering of the nation state, including understanding legal, policy and political mobilizations of migration narratives. Students will utilise secondary data to develop a better understand social attitudes to migration across different context.

(3) The Commodification of migration and the ideal migrant

This theme discusses International Student migration, European labour migration to the UK (including the end of the free movement post-Brexit), as well as global examples of economic migration including south to south migration and development. Students will build understanding of the dominant systems of economic migrations as a mechanism for distributing human capital; these are framed around ideas of the ‘ideal migrant’.

(4) Migrant Lives

This will look to draw upon scholarly developments from social and cultural literatures to discuss the experiences of migrants and migrations which are embodied, and indeed gendered. This theme aims to bring power and identity to the fore. How do everyday experiences of migration and mobility shape the geographies of migrant lives. The theme draws upon a range of examples that challenge the notion of an ideal migrant including forced migrations and experiences of return.

(5) Desperate journeys in turbulent times

The final theme considers migrations and immobility in response to different global events/crisis. Students will explore contemporary crisis (financial, political, environmental, humanitarian) through the lens of migration and explore the inequities and insecurities related to these. This theme brings into question the role migration will place in the future global crisis. Can we address crisis, if we don’t consider how these are impacted by/ impact population change and movement across scales?


Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

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Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Exam

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 50
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2-hour written exam

From a choice of questions, choose two to answer.

An opportunity for students to view their marked exam scripts with examiners' comments / annotations will be made available.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualEvaluateExplain and synthesise geographical theories on migration and mobility
ConceptualEvaluateDiscuss migration as a process for societal transformations (e.g demographic, economic, political, socio-environmental change) across a range of scales

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 50
Assessment Weeks 31 Feedback Weeks 33

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2,000-word essay

Students will receive written or oral feedback to their individual reports in addition to their marks.

General feedback will be provided to class using pre-recorded sessions.

Word Count 2000
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseAnalyse how migration and the migrant is constructed as a geopolitical and or societal proble
FactualUnderstandUnderstand patterns and trends relevant to internal and international migration, across different geographical context
ProceduralEvaluateExamine critically and interpret different types of primary and secondary material, with creative reference to theoretical frameworks and wider contexts

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Exam

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2-hour written exam

An opportunity to view resit exam scripts with examiners comments / annotations will be made available.

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Resubmission of failed elements (pass marks carried forward)

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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ProceduralCreateAdvance reasoned, factually supported and critically aware arguments, both orally and in writing
ConceptualEvaluateExplain and synthesise geographical theories on migration and mobility
ConceptualAnalyseAnalyse how migration and the migrant is constructed as a geopolitical and or societal proble
ProceduralEvaluateExamine critically and interpret different types of primary and secondary material, with creative reference to theoretical frameworks and wider contexts
ConceptualEvaluateDiscuss migration as a process for societal transformations (e.g demographic, economic, political, socio-environmental change) across a range of scales
FactualUnderstandUnderstand patterns and trends relevant to internal and international migration, across different geographical context

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