• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Anthropology
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Development Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Patrick Kilby
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
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The course aim is to give students a comprehensive understanding of the key issues in international and well as internal migration, as they affect developing countries and their development. The focus will primarily be on people moving as migrants or refugees between developing countries, but may consider migration from developing to developed countries in certain cases.  This will cover topics such as refugee movement; the discourse of people smuggling and people trafficking; the effect of immigrant populations on local communities; and the economic contribution of migrant labour. The course will consider several case studies with different social and cultural contexts, with a focus on the Pacific, East Asia, and South Asia.

Learning Outcomes

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

Students who satisfy the requirements of this course will have the knowledge and skills:

  • to demonstrate a critical appreciation of the key concepts and approaches used by development scholars and practitioners who work in migration and development;
  • to engage in migration work as development practitioners and understand the likely social and economic impacts of migration policies and practices
  • to reflect critically on their own experiences of migration and development in the light of the concepts and methods introduced in this course.

Indicative Assessment


There will be three elements in the Assessment for this course:

Assessment 1: On-Line Forums: (20%) - this will be based on student contribution to the fortnightly On-Line Forums

Assessment 2: Critical Review: Minor Essay 2000 words (30%).  A critical review of literature taken from one of the topics from weeks 1-5 of the course

Assessment 3: Policy Discussion Paper  Major Essay, 4000 words, (50%), due Nov 3.  A discussion paper on an aspect of migrant labour policy.

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For a 6 credit point course, the total notional workload over the 15-week semester (including time spent in class for on-campus students (2 hours per week) , or listening to recorded lectures for online students); analysing the readings, participating in on-lin forums, and writing assignments  is about 120 hours (approx. 8 hours per week). However, a student's personal workload will depend on individual factors such as prior knowledge, existing skills, and learning style.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development program, Master of Anthropology, Master of Globalisation, Master of Natural Hazards and Disasters, or Master of Environment.

Prescribed Texts



Oishi, N. 2005. Women in Motion: globalization, state policies, and labor migration,  Stanford University Press, Stanford. 



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1022 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A
3285 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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