• Class Number 3384
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Ashley Carruthers
    • Dr Ashley Carruthers
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/02/2019
  • Class End Date 31/05/2019
  • Census Date 31/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
SELT Survey Results

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.

Learning Outcomes

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Independently research and analyse individual and communal experiences of migration using both secondary sources (academic) and primary sources (interviews, media and online resources, etc).
  4. 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).
  5. Interact and work with class peers on team based assessments in a socially intelligent, productive and mutually supportive way.

Required Resources

All required articles and scanned book chapters will be available as an e-brick on Wattle (wattle.anu.edu.au).

Recommended readings will be listed on the course’s Wattle site. Some will be available to download through Wattle, while others will be accessible through the Library.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • Written feedback on short and major essays
  • Verbal feedback given to the whole class, small groups, and to individuals by
  • appointment.

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

Graduate student assessments have longer word counts than their undergraduate counterparts (see word counts for each assessment item). Graduate students are expected to use a greater number of sources additional to the lectures and tutorials than undergraduates (detailed in each assessment task), and to evidence a more nuanced reading and robust interpretation/critique of these sources.

Referencing requirements

Written assessment items must conform to scholarly referencing conventions. We recommend that you use in-text referencing (Harvard), which is the standard anthropological convention, but you may also use footnotes (Chicago) as long as you are consistent with your method within the same piece of work.

For referencing advice see:

Harvard: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/learning-development/academicintegrity/


Chicago: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/learning-development/academicintegrity/


Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction None
2 Leaving: Why People Migrate Quiz, Team Assignment
3 Arriving: Multiculturalism and Incorporation Quiz, Team Assignment
4 Refugees and Racism Quiz, Team Assignment
5 Diasporas Quiz, Team Assignment
6 Transnationalism Quiz, Team Assignment, Essay
7 Transnational Labour Migration Quiz, Team Assignment
8 Gender, Sexuality and Migrancy Quiz, Team Assignment
9 Domestic Labour Migration in the Developing World Quiz, Team Assignment
10 Social Remittances and Return Migration Quiz, Team Assignment
11 Migrant Mobilities and Network Capital Quiz, Team Assignment, Peer Evaluation

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Individual Readiness Assurance Test (IRAT) 20 % 04/03/2019 31/05/2019 1,2,3,4,5
Team Readiness Assurance Test (TRAT) 20 % 04/03/2019 31/05/2019 1,2,3,4,5
Team Assignment 30 % 04/03/2019 31/05/2019 1,2,3,4,5
Essay 30 % 05/04/2019 19/04/2019 1,2,3,4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 04/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 31/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Individual Readiness Assurance Test (IRAT)

This takes the form of a 10-20 question multiple choice questionnaire to be completed in the

classroom. This exercise will test you on the weekly set reading(s), which will not exceed 60 pages per week. Questions are designed to test your preparation and, most inportantly, your understanding of the key conceptual aspects of the readings.

Value: 20%

Estimated return date: Immediate.

Hurdle Assessment requirements (where applicable): This is a non-hurdle item.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 04/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 31/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Team Readiness Assurance Test (TRAT)

This task is similar to the IRAT, with the exception that members of teams will be allowed to discuss and agree upon answers. For the TRAT we will use the same multiple choice test that has just been completed as the IRAT. The purpose of this exercise is for students to have the opportunity to share with each other the thought processes by which they came to decide upon their answers.

Value: 20%

Estimated return date: Immediate

Hurdle Assessment requirements (where applicable): This is a non-hurdle item. However, those who miss a significant number of TRATs can expect their group scores to suffer as a result of the Peer Evaluation process. They will also have to justify their behaviour to their teams.

Individual Assessment in Group Tasks (where applicable): This is ensured via the Peer Evaluation Process. Peer Evaluations will be reviewed by the lecturer for fairness and consistency.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 04/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 31/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Team Assignment

The purpose of the team assignment is for students to deepen their understanding of the weekly course concepts by applying them to solving a problem,

conducting an analysis, suggesting a course of action and so on. The assignment will be based on the set reading(s) as well as some additional content, e.g. a video or lecture-

based case study, to be presented in the weekly meeting immediately prior to the team assignment exercise.

Value: 30%

Estimated return date: A mid semester report on the teams' performance and an indication of how they are scoring will be provided. Final Team Assignment scores will be returned at the end of semester.

Hurdle Assessment requirements (where applicable): This is a non-hurdle item. However, those who miss a significant number of Team Assignments can expect their group scores to suffer as a result of the Peer Evaluation process. They will also have to justify their behaviour to their teams.

Individual Assessment in Group Tasks (where applicable): This is ensured via the Peer Evaluation Process. Peer Evaluations will be reviewed by the lecturer for fairness and consistency.

The Peer Evaluation will take place at end of semester. One's individual Peer Evaluation score will then be used as a multiplier for the compound group assessment mark. In this exercise, most team members typically get a score close to 100 points. Those who contributed more more can expect to get scores of

slightly over 100, while those who contributed less are most likely to get scores somewhat under 100.

Value: Peer Evaluation score will be used as a multiplier for team compound score (TRAT + Team Assignment score).

Estimated return date: Final Peer Evaluation scores will be returned at end of semester.

Hurdle Assessment requirements (where applicable): This is not a hurdle item. However, students who fail to complete it will have to explain themselves to their teams. They can also expect their own Peer Evaluation scores to suffer.

Due Date: Last class meeting of semester

Assessment Task 4

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 05/04/2019
Return of Assessment: 19/04/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4


This is a standard essay on a question of your choice to be presented during the semester.

Due Date: Apr 5

Value: 30%

Estimated Return Date: 2 weeks after submission

Hurdle Assessment requirements (where applicable): This IS a hurdle item. Students who do not submit this item may not complete the course.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) as submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Marks and comments will be returned in electronic form, via Turnitin.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

No assignments may be resubmitted.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

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