• Offered by School of Regulation and Global Governance
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject RegNet
  • Areas of interest Development Studies, Law, International Affairs, Migration, International Security
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Michael Cabalfin
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
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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

Indicative Assessment

  1. Weekly online quizzes based on class content (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Group presentation on migration theory (20 minutes presentation + 10 mins Q&A) (20) [LO 1,2,5]
  3. Research and writing plan for essay (1000 words) (20) [LO 3,4,5]
  4. Research essay comparing two areas of migration governance (3000 words) (40) [LO 3,4,5]

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This course will require 30 contact hours and 130 hours workload in total.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

There is no prescribed textbook. Readings from relevant journals will be distributed in class and/or downloadable from the library and/or public websites.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
On Campus
3811 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View
3812 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 Online View

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