• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Anthropology
  • Areas of interest Anthropology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Ashley Carruthers
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2015
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Introducing the Anthropology of Migration. Crossing Borders investigates classical and contemporary debates around migration, flight, resettlement and ethnic community formation. Some of the key questions the course will pose include: What are the key dynamics driving migration in the era of globalisation? Which are the new migrant sending and receiving countries and why? Why do people migrate and how have their migrations produced racially plural and culturally diverse societies virtually throughout the developed world? In a context of cheap and fast global transport and communications, are migrants developing new ways of being at home in their adopted lands? Is migration any longer a final move, or is it part of an ongoing process? How do host nation populations react to the presence of refugees, labour migrants and transnational citizens in their midst? How are recent demographic trends and the spectre of global climate change already affecting migration flows and regulatory regimes? We will explore these issues and others using detailed case studies from Australia, the Americas, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

By the end of the course you should be able to:

  1. Identify and distinguish between different kinds of migration and migrant identity.
  2. Apply concepts learnt in the course to actual case studies of migration.
  3. Formulate arguments about specific instances of migration in a way that engages with contemporary debates among migration theorists.
  4. Recognise and critique stereotypes and myths about migrants.
  5. Conceptualise migration as a complex process involving individual and family decisions made in a broader social, cultural, political and economic context.
  6. Place migration in the broader context of contemporary globalisation.

Indicative Assessment

Small group presentation to tutorial + 500 word individual summary(15%), Migration narrative assignment 1,500 words(30%) Essay 2000 words (45%) Tutorial attendance and participation (10%)


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2 hours of lectures and one hour of tutorial per week

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of 1000 level courses. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ANTH6515. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course.




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3576
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3538 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

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