Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


Migration, the process through which people travel to other places in order to live and work, is a structural feature of world societies and a powerful force within their historical and contemporary transformations. However, it is often understood and represented as a problem in the media and in political representations, while migrants tend to be stigmatised and marginalised. This course will provide students with the theoretical tools and information to understand and investigate in depth the social transformations framing internal and international migration and its consequences in Australia and across the world.



  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Critique the main policymaking, theoretical and political frameworks addressing migration in Australia and internationally.

2. Appraise media representations and debates addressing migration at an advanced level.

3. Produce visual, audio and written media representations of migration-related issues.

4. Analyse complex historical and contemporary social transformations framing migration.

5. Evaluate the implications of migration for both sending and receiving societies at an advanced level.


Topics will include:

  • Colonisation, migration and indigenous societies
  • Theories of migration
  • Media representations of migration
  • Migration and development
  • Migration and borders
  • Impact of migration on receiving and sending societies
  • Immigration and social cohesion
  • Race, gender and sexuality in migration and asylum
  • Migration policies
  • Migration, forced labour and trafficking
  • Migration and climate change
  • Humanitarian migration governance

Assumed knowledge

10 units of SOCA 1000 level course or equivalent.

Assessment items

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Study / Problem Based Learning (30%)

Presentation: Presentation (30%)

Report: Report (40%)

Contact hours



Online 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1


Online 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.