ATS2380 - Global migrations: Making the modern world - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit



Dr Mia Treacey

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  • First semester 2017 (Day)


This unit examines migrations of people across the globe as a potent force in the making of the modern world, with a focus on the Pacific region since the mid-eighteenth century to the present day. The movement of people is considered in the context of major transformations in criminal codes, labor force requirements, resources booms, and the disruptions of revolution, war and armed conflict. Groups to be studied include convicts, assisted immigrants, indentured labourers from China and India, gold-seekers, displaced persons, refugees and asylum seekers. The efforts of governments to shape their populations, through mechanisms such as transportation, the regulation and restriction of migration, deportation, internment and border control will also be studied.


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

  1. Identify and explain the major forces that have shaped the movement of people across the globe to the Pacific since the mid-eighteenth century;
  2. Distinguish between transportees, indentured labourers, slaves, assisted migrants, displaced persons, refugees and asylum seekers;
  3. Analyse the migration patterns and developments that have influenced the shifting demography of Pacific nations through an independent research project;
  4. Develop oral and written communication skills in constructing evidence-based arguments using a variety of primary and secondary sources
  5. Reflect critically on what they have learnt.


Within semester assessment: 90%

Exam: 10%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Twelve credit points of first-year Arts units.