Migration, Culture and Identity

Unit code: ASA5012 | Study level: Postgraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
Footscray Park


In this interdisciplinary unit students examine migration as part of broader changes at the national, regional and global levels, flagged by the UN and other multilateral bodies as a core component of the human development agenda. Students compare a variety of different forms of migration, including forced, labour and temporary migration. The unit analyses key issues relating to migration, including in particular, the roles played by political organisations, social networks and transnationalism within the migratory experience. In looking at these issues, students critically engage with key debates around culture, race, diaspora and identity that are vital to understanding the social and political context of migration. Included here are debates pertaining to cultural pluralism, acculturation and multiculturalism. The complexities of identity and community making in the context of migration are also examined.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Interrogate and critically analyse the different forms of migration;
  2. Conceptually map the ways migration connects to broader social processes;
  3. Critique the key theories and debates around culture, race and identity, as they relate to migration; and
  4. Advocate effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences including, diverse cultural communities and related government and non-government organisations.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Poster
Grade: 25%
Using a visual medium map a particular type of migration and present your ‘map’ to the class.
Assessment type: Exercise
Grade: 25%
Advocacy related role play
Assessment type: Essay
Grade: 50%
Research-based essay on a topic of contemporary migration issues and contexts

Required reading

Students will be provided with an up to date text list via VU Collaborate.

As part of a course

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