• Offered by School of Demography
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Demography
  • Areas of interest Policy Studies, Political Sciences, Population Studies, Demography, Asia Pacific Studies More...
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof James Raymer
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2020
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Migration and urbanisation are driving population and societal change across the industrialised world.  This  inter-disciplinary course will provide you with the necessary skills to analyse migration patterns across and within countries. Students will explore key questions such as what is migration and why is it so difficult to measure? What are the main reasons why people leave their country or area of origin? How does migration affect sending and receiving societies? How can policies be designed to influence the size and characteristics of migration?

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. explain the history of international migration and identify how migration has contributed to societal change across the world, including Australia;
  2. analyse migration theories and concepts;
  3. assess government policies in relation to migration;
  4. measure and analyse migration data; and
  5. conduct an independent piece of research on the topic of migration.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Mid-term data analysis assignment (1000 words) (20) [LO 4]
  2. Essay assignment (2000 words) (35) [LO 2,3,4,5]
  3. Exam during the end of semester exam period (2 hours) (35) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Tutorial Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of workshop and workshop-like activities and 12 hours of tutorial discussion.
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

Castles S, De Haas H & Miller M (2014) The Age of Migration: International Population Movements in the Modern World. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.

Preliminary Reading

Castles S, De Haas H & Miller M (2014) The Age of Migration: International Population Movements in the Modern World. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.

Goldin I, Cameron G & Balarajan M (2011) Exceptional People: How Migration Shaped Our World and Will Define Our Future. Princeton and Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Richards E (2008) Destination Australia. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

White M (2016) International Handbook of Migration and Population Distribution. London: Springer.

Areas of Interest

  • Policy Studies
  • Political Sciences
  • Population Studies
  • Demography
  • Asia Pacific Studies
  • Politics


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
2020 $3120
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4800
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
8308 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person View

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