Borders, Boats and Barricades: The Politics of International Migration

La Trobe University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Borders, Boats and Barricades: The Politics of International Migration

  • Host University

    La Trobe University

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Anthropology, Development Studies, Government, Justice Studies, Political Science, Public Policy Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    15 credit points of any first year Politics subject and 15 credit points of any Humanities and Social Sciences subject, or subject coordinator's approval

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This subject is about the politics of global population movements. The course will cover international migration trends and the theoretical models that help us understand the factors motivating the movements of people since WWII. It will also look at how governments respond. Some migrants are welcome. Others are not. Why? How do governments distinguish? What services do they provide? How do they integrate, or not, the migrants into the host society? How do they sell their migration policies to their citizens? We will also consider the effects different government policies have upon the lives of those who move, whether legally or illegally, permanently or temporarily. Australian and international case studies are used to assess how migrants, migration policies and societies are faring in local and comparative contexts.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.