• Class Number 7615
  • Term Code 3360
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Topic Online
  • Mode of Delivery Online
    • Prof Alan Gamlen
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/07/2023
  • Class End Date 27/10/2023
  • Census Date 31/08/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 31/07/2023
SELT Survey Results

Human migration is the most visible and controversial aspect of current-day globalisation. It has played a major role in building modern Australia for more than two centuries, and today between a quarter and a third of all Australians were born abroad. Immigration of this scale has profound implications for every aspect of Australian society. The challenge of regulating human migration, mobility and refugee movements has therefore become a core concern for researchers, policy makers and practitioners in international relations, public policy, and international development. This course provides an introduction to Australia’s migration system for students interested in these areas of regulation and governance. Through a range of learning activities, students will: 1) learn what drives and shapes Australia's major migration flows; 2) study the impacts of these flows on Australia's population, economy, national identity, politics, public policy, and place in the world; and 3) examine how these flows and impacts are governed by a range of government, intergovernmental, and non-governmental organizations.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain the drivers and dimensions of global migration to Australia with reference to key concepts and theories
  2. Evaluate the impacts of global migration on Australia's population, economy, national identity, politics, public policy, and place in the world
  3. Critically analyze Australia's key regulatory and governance arrangements relating to global migration
  4. Identify and connect to key Australian organizations involved in regulating and governing global migration
  5. Prepare critically informed written and oral work appropriate for postgraduate research and professional engagement in the public policy, diplomacy, security, humanitarian and development sectors

Field Trips


Additional Course Costs


Examination Material or equipment


Required Resources


Whether you are on campus or studying online, 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 to Governing Global Migration N/A
2 Migration and Population Weekly worksheet (worth 2%)
3 Migration and Cultural Identity Weekly worksheet (worth 2%)
4 Migration and Social Cohesion Weekly worksheet (worth 2%) + Pre-recorded presentation on migration theory (worth 20%)
5 Migration and the Economy Weekly worksheet (worth 2%)
6 Migration and Politics Weekly worksheet (worth 2%)
7 Forced Migration and Refugees Weekly worksheet (worth 2%)
8 Irregular Migration and Security Weekly worksheet (worth 2%) + Research and writing plan for essay (worth 20%)
9 Migration and the Environment Weekly worksheet (worth 2%)
10 Migration and Development Weekly worksheet (worth 2%)
11 Global Migration Governance Weekly worksheet (worth 2%)
12 Conclusion and Essay Clinic N/A

Tutorial Registration

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date
Weekly Worksheets 20 % *
Pre-recorded Presentation 20 % 14/08/2023
Research and Writing Plan for Final Essay 20 % 25/09/2023
Research Essay on Migration Governance 40 % 06/11/2023

* 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.


Attendance and participation in class are mandatory for this course. You must come prepared to discuss the course material each week.


There is no examination for this course.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 

Weekly Worksheets

Each week (except Week 1 and Week 12) there is a short in-class assessment task worth 2%, which can only be completed by attending the full class session.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 14/08/2023
Learning Outcomes: 

Pre-recorded Presentation

Record a 10-minute Powerpoint presentation in which you compare and contrast two out of the four following migration theories: neoclassical migration theory, historical structural migration theory, the new economics of labour migration, and migration systems theory.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 25/09/2023
Learning Outcomes: 

Research and Writing Plan for Final Essay

Write a 1,000-word essay outline, specifying:

  • Essay topic (which area of migration governance will the essay focus on?)
  • Research question (what specific information will the essay seek to reveal about this topic?)
  • Research motivation (why is this an important research topic / question?)
  • Essay sub-headings (how will the essay be structured and what will each section discuss?)
  • Reading list (which books, articles and other sources will be consulted?)

Assessment Task 4

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 06/11/2023
Learning Outcomes: 

Research Essay on Migration Governance

Write a 3,000-word essay about a specific area of migration governance. You may choose from one of the weekly topics, or focus on a different topic of your own choosing. It is advisable to check with the course coordinator about your topic during the first half of the course. Feedback will be provided on your essay outline and research plan in the second half of the course (see Assessment Task 3 above). The essay is due two weeks after lectures finish.

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.

Returning Assignments

For assignments submitted on time, feedback will be sent within two weeks of submission. For assignments submitted late (with or without an approved extension), marking may take longer than this.

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).

Prof Alan Gamlen

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