• Offered by School of Demography
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Demography
  • Areas of interest Population Studies, Social Research, Demography

This course examines international migration from both theoretical and empirical perspectives to provide students with an understanding of the factors behind current trends in international population movements and their impacts on the migrants themselves and the countries of origin and destination.

Specific topics examined each year include gender and migration, the concept of 'replacement migration', the effectiveness of temporary migrant worker programs and the Global Commission on International Migration report. Case studies focussing on Australia, the US, Europe and the Asian region allow for a comparison of the different types of movements and associated policy response.

Learning Outcomes

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

Students complete the readings each week for discussion in class. The course is taught intensively as a graduate research seminar over an eight-week period. Students then have four weeks to write a research essay during which time the course convenor will be available for consultation. Students completing the course should be able to:

  1. Discuss the theories from various disciplinary perspectives in relation to the factors motivating and sustaining international migration flows;

  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the issues related to current trends and patterns in international population movements in different countries and regions;

  3. Discuss the policy implications of international migration trends and patterns and critique policy recommendations based on the theoretical and empirical perspectives on international migration examined in the course.

  4. Research and write a paper on a topic or issue related to international migration based on analysis of empirical data or library research.


Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on seminar participation (10% of total grade), a short written assignment (1500 words, 25% of total grade) and a research essay on a topic of your choice (4000-6000 words, 65% of total grade). 

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2 x 1.5 hour lectures per week

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Graduate Certificate in Social Research or Master of Social Research. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts


There is no prescribed text. Reading will be mainly research papers from international migration journals. Copies will be handed out in class or are available online and can be downloaded from the relevant websites.



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
2016 $3054
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4368
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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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
4445 19 Feb 2018 27 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person N/A

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