- Code ANTH6515
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Anthropology
- Areas of interest Anthropology
Introducing the Anthropology of Migration. Crossing Borders covers the core theories and key case studies students will need to make sense of the complex terrain of contemporary international and domestic migration, both voluntary and forced. Beginning with a focus on international migration from developing to developed nations, we ask:
*Why do people migrate?
*Why do they go where they do?
*What are their experiences of resettlement, work and community in their new host nations?
*How do migrant communities form distinctive identities as a result of their migration experiences?
*How do host nations react to flows of legal and informal migrants in terms of policy and in terms of ideologically driven responses?
*How do host nation policies and social ideologies, especially around race, shape processes of migrant and refugee identity formation?
*What relationships do contemporary international migrants maintain with their homelands?
We then move to a focus on labour migration, both international and domestic, in developing nation contexts. Here we take a special focus on feminised labour migration for factory and domestic work in Asia and the Middle East. In this context, we enquire:
*What experiences of marginalisation and exploitation do female labour migrants experience in host nations and cities?
*How do they negotiate and resist harsh labour regimes and gendered and racist stereotyping?
*What kinds of long-distance family relationships come into existence as a result of the migration of these women?
*How do 'cash, communications and care' circulate in transnational families?
*What development effects might the economic and social remittances sent by labour migrants back to home communities have?
In terms of teaching approach, the course emphasis will be on understanding and mastering the language and theoretical tools used in the anthropology of migration, and the practical and critical application of key course concepts to real life migration experiences. We will use an innovative team based learning approach in which students help each other workshop the weekly readings and carry out critical and interpretive activities in class based on empirical case studies of migration.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate competence in the core language and key conceptual approaches found in anthropological and related social science writing on migration, allowing them to read and comprehend such texts independently.
- Apply the core language and key concepts of the anthropology of migration to real life case studies, thus producing a critical analysis of practices and discourses around migration.
- Independently research and analyse individual and communal experiences of migration using both secondary sources (academic) and primary sources (interviews, media and online resources, etc).
- Identify and debate ethical and political issues around a variety of practices of migration and migrant incorporation into host communities and labour markets (e.g. racism, social marginalisation, and exploitation under harsh labour regimes).
- Interact and work with class peers on team based assessments in a socially intelligent, productive and mutually supportive way.
Indicative AssessmentIndividual weekly reading and lecture content test 20% [LO 1]
Team weekly reading and lecture content test 20% [LOs 1, 5]
Team activity 10% [LOs 2, 4, 5]
Migrant Narrative Assignment 2,500 words (15%) [LOs 1, 2, 3, 4]
Research Essay 35% in total (10% awarded for Draft Outline of 1,000 words; 25% awarded for Final Essay of 3,500 words) [LOs 1, 2, 3, 4]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of workshops over 12 weeks; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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