• Class Number 3647
  • Term Code 3130
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Ashley Carruthers
    • Dr Ashley Carruthers
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/02/2021
  • Class End Date 28/05/2021
  • Census Date 31/03/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/03/2021
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. Make significant progress towards mastering 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.

Research-Led Teaching

This course draws on the convenor's own research on Indochinese refugees in Australia, rural-urban migrants in Vietnam, and multicultural consumption of "exotic" migrant cuisines in Asia.

Staff Feedback

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

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

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.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction to the Anthropology of Migration
2 Leaving: Voluntary and Forced Migration Individual Quiz, Team Quiz, Team Activity
3 Arriving: Migrant Incorporation Individual Quiz, Team Quiz, Team Activity
4 Multiculturalism Individual Quiz, Team Quiz, Team Activity
5 Racism Individual Quiz, Team Quiz, Team Activity
6 Migrant community case studies Individual Quiz, Team Quiz, Team Activity
7 Migrant Foodways Individual Quiz, Team Quiz, Team Activity
8 Diasporas and Migrant Media Individual Quiz, Team Quiz, Team Activity
9 Transnational Labour Migration Individual Quiz, Team Quiz, Team Activity
10 IDPs and Border Refugees Individual Quiz, Team Quiz, Team Activity
11 Post-tourists, Expatriates and Lifestyle Migrants Individual Quiz, Team Quiz, Team Activity
12 Conclusion

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Learning Outcomes
Individual Quiz 20 % * 1
Team Quiz 20 % * 1, 5
Team Activity 10 % * 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Migrant Narrative Assignment 15 % 29/03/2021 1, 2, 3, 4
Essay 35 % 31/05/2021 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 Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

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.


Students will be expected to listen to the one hour online lecture, and attend a two hour weekly class meeting. Preparation and participation will be tested in the form of weekly individual and group quizzes (assessed) on the reading content, and weekly group assignments (assessed), to be undertaken and reported on in the class meeting itself. This approach is based on the Team-Based Learning model, a philosophy that has proven itself enjoyable for students, economical in terms of time allocation, and highly effective in terms of pedagogical outcomes.

Participation is not essential, but those who miss class meetings will not be able to do the weekly Individual Quiz. Students may submit a 1000 word reading summary in lieu of this (see the assessment item description).

Students who miss class meetings will still be awarded their team's score for the Team Quiz and Team Activity. Bear in mind however that your fellow team members are likely to give you a low rating in the Peer Evaluation if you miss several meetings or don't contribute significantly to team work. This will affect your personal score for the team activities at the end of the semester (see explanation of the Peer Evaluation below).

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1

Individual Quiz

Commencing week 2, each course meeting will begin with an Individual Quiz. This takes the form of a 10-20 question multiple choice questionnaire to be completed in the classroom within a strict time limit. This is an open book exercise that will test you on the weekly set readings, which will not exceed 60 pages per week. Questions are designed to test your preparation and, most importantly, your understanding of the key conceptual aspects of the readings. Brief reading guides will be provided on Wattle in the weekly blocks. (Week 1 will include a non-assessed trial Individual Quiz on a reading to be done in class time.) Individual Quizzes will be completed via Wattle on students' own devices, and will be open only for a brief window during the class meeting. In the Individual Quiz, students can only attempt each question once. They will receive no marks for the question if they choose the wrong answer, and full marks for the question if they choose the right answer. These Wattle-based quizzes are password protected. The password will be revealed in the class immediately prior to the quiz each week. Correct answers and marks will not be displayed during or immediately after completion of the quiz. Make a paper note of which answer you gave to each question for use in the Team Quiz. Students who miss Individual Quizzes may submit a 1 000 word response to that session's Team Activity in lieu of taking the test. This is due by COB Friday in the same week. No medical certificate is necessary for this, and neither do you need to inform the lecturer aside from submitting your text on time. Submission will be via an assignment link on Wattle.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 5

Team Quiz

In the first meeting we will form teams that will endure throughout the semester. Students may join a team of their choice based on shared interest in one of our weekly topics, which they will take as the subject of their Team Activity. Starting in week 2, the Individual Quiz will be immediately followed by a Team Quiz. This is also an open book exercise, and members of teams will be allowed to discuss and agree upon answers. For the Team Quiz we will use the same multiple choice test that has just been completed as the Individual Quiz. 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. You will be amazed at how much you will learn from your peers, and how your team consistently out-performs the highest scoring individual member.

Teams will also have the right to lodge written appeals, backed up by a rationale and appropriate evidence, of questions they believe were ambiguous, poorly posed, or incorrect. Successful appeals will result in the appealing team being granted the mark for the relevant question. Each Team Quiz will be followed by a team appeals discussion. Appeals are to be emailed to the lecturer, and will be accepted up until COB on the Friday after the relevant class meeting. (We will undertake a non-assessed trial Team Quiz in week 1.) In the Wattle quiz, teams must keep attempting each question until they find the correct answer. Incorrect attempts will be penalised 50% of the value of the question. Correct answers will receive 100% of the value of the question. Thus if you make one incorrect choice before finding the correct answer, your score for this question will be 50% (-50% for incorrect answer + %100 for correct answer = 50%). If you make two incorrect choices you will receive zero for the question. If you make three incorrect choices you will still receive zero for the question.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Team Activity

The purpose of the team activity 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 activity will be based on the set readings as well as some additional content, e.g. a video or web-based case study, to be presented in the weekly meeting immediately prior to the team assignment exercise. Students will not need to do prior preparation for the Team Activity other than completing the weekly essential reading(s). After a period of consultation and group work, teams will report on their findings in front of the entire class. There will be an opportunity for teams to challenge each other and defend their own thinking, creating an excellent environment for peer learning and immediate feedback from other students and the lecturer.

During class time, teams will record their answers and responses on a class-wide Google form or similar. This will form the basis for our shared class discussion. Teams are expected to make consistent and quality entries into these weekly Google documents, and these entries will form part of the overall assessment for the Team Activity item. Teams will also produce an output (format to be determined in discussion with the lecturer) based on their chosen weekly topic. A detailed description of the team assignment and rubric will be provided on Wattle.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 29/03/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Migrant Narrative Assignment

Analyse an individual's experience of forced or voluntary migration. Research process and presentation format to be decided by consultation between lecturer and students in class. Guidelines and rubric will be available on wattle.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 35 %
Due Date: 31/05/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4


Students are asked to submit an essay on a migrant community or collective migration experience which they independently research. Key course concepts must be applied to analysing this case study. Questions and rubric will be provided on Wattle.

Word limit: 2000 min 2500 max

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to 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 be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, 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 Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

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) 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

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. 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

Via Wattle messaging, gradebook or email.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted 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

Students may submit an essay draft for comment no later than two weeks before the essay due date.

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).

Dr Ashley Carruthers

Research Interests

Migration, Mobilities, Vietnam

Dr Ashley Carruthers

By Appointment
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Dr Ashley Carruthers

Research Interests

Dr Ashley Carruthers

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