• Class Number 3259
  • Term Code 3330
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Annika Lems
    • Dr Annika Lems
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 20/02/2023
  • Class End Date 26/05/2023
  • Census Date 31/03/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 27/02/2023
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.

Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.

ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.

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). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction
2 Leaving: Why People Migrate Individual Quiz, Team Quiz, Team Activity
3 Arriving: Migrant Incorporation Individual Quiz, Team Quiz, Team Activity
4 Multiculturalism Individual Quiz, Team Quiz, Team Activity, Essay Development 1
5 Racism Individual Quiz, Team Quiz, Team Activity
6 Illegal Traveler: An auto-ethnography of borders 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, Essay Development 2
9 Transnational Labour Migration Individual Quiz, Team Quiz, Team Activity
10 IDPs and Border Refugees Individual Quiz, Team Quiz, Team Activity
11 Expatriates and Lifestyle Migrants Individual Quiz, Team Quiz, Team Activity
12 Conclusion Individual Quiz, Team Quiz, Team Activity, Essay

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Individual Quiz 20 % 1,2,4
Team Quiz 20 % 1,2,4,5
Team Activity 10 % 1,2,3,4,5
Essay Development 1 10 % 1,2,3,4
Essay Development 2 10 % 1, 2,3,4
Essay (final) 30 % 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 Integrity 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 Skills website. 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.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4

Individual Quiz

  • Multiple choice and short answer quiz testing knowledge and understanding of weekly readings, lecture content and connections between weekly topics throughout the course
  • Value: 20%
  • Return date: same week

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4,5

Team Quiz

Multiple choice and short answer quiz testing knowledge and understanding of weekly readings, lecture content and connections between weekly topics throughout the course.

Value: 20%

Return date: same week

Individual Assessment in Group Tasks: Individual submission of group quiz

Assessment Task 3

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

Team Activity

  • Teams will be formed around shared interest in a particular essay topic
  • Teams will submit an ongoing reflection on their experience of learning in the course from the perspective of their particular shared interest (e.g. refugees or multicultural foodways). How do other topics, theories and case studies relate to your group's special interest? How has your thinking on this topic evolved throughout the course?
  • Format/submission to be negotiated
  • Value: 10%

Assessment Task 4

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

Essay Development 1

  • Formulate your own essay question based on the options suggested at the start of the course
  • Explain why you are interested in this topic
  • Outline your planned research strategy
  • Discuss how your ideas on it have evolved since you began the course
  • NB this is *not* and essay draft

Value: 10 %

Length: 500 words

Due: Week 4

Return: : 2 weeks post submission

Assessment Task 5

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

Essay Development 2

  • Explain how your understanding of your chosen topic is evolving
  • Comment on the success or failure of your research strategy
  • Discuss your ideas on linking this topic to other case studies, concepts and theories from throughout the course
  • NB this is *not* and essay draft

Value: 10 %

Length: 500 words

Due: Week 9

Return: 2 weeks post submission

Assessment Task 6

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Essay (final)

Value: 30 %

Length: 2 500 words

Due: Week 12

Return: : 2 weeks post submission

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

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

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

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.

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 Annika Lems

Research Interests

Forced Migration, Migration, Mobilities

Dr Annika Lems

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Dr Annika Lems

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