ATS2625 - Mobile worlds: Borders, displacement and belonging - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit



Dr Sara Niner

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


  • First semester 2017 (Day)


The unit has a domestic field tripdomestic field trip ( component and may incur an additional cost.


Why do politicians and citizens seem so threatened by refugees, asylum seekers and new migrants? Is it because these forms of human mobility challenge the system of nation-states and their sense of social cohesion and security? Or is it because of increasing insecurity and inequality in a rapidly globalising world? Mobile Worlds explores socially and culturally diverse forms of migrant experience, from among those known as gypsies, nomads, vagabonds, slaves, tourists, illegal aliens, refugees, asylum seekers and other displaced peoples, settlers, formal, informal and illegal migrants, guest workers, labour and love migrants, 'gold collar' workers, international students, circular migrants, diasporas, transnational and transilient communities around the globe. The aim is to understand the diversity and implications of human movement, new border regimes and emerging trends that will characterise life in the 21st century.


On successfully completing the unit, students should be able to appreciate the diverse forms of migrant experience in the contemporary world; identify ways in which displaced peoples and asylum seekers, labour migrants and transnational communities pose a variety of challenges to the international order of nation-states and agencies; and critically analyse the social categories and regimes of management through which human mobility's are represented and controlled.


Within semester assessment: 100%

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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This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Twelve credit points of first-year Arts units. It is highly recommended that students only take this unit after they have completed two gateway units in Anthropology or Indigenous cultures and histories.


ATS3625, AZA2625, AZA3625