AMU2625 - Borders, people and identity: Migration in the 21st century - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Malaysia School of Arts and Social Sciences

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Nicholas Chan


Dr Nicholas Chan

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


Twelve credit points of first-year Arts units.


ATS2625, ATS3625


This unit explores the political, economic and social determinants of national migration policies and the impact that these policies have on a wide variety of migrants around the world. We will investigate the roles that states, intergovernmental organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and human traffickers play in facilitating or preventing the ever increasing movement of peoples across borders.


Upon successful completion of the unit, students should be able to:

  1. Identify the diverse factors that motivate people to cross borders;
  2. Evaluate alternatives to current migration policies;
  3. Identify the political factors that determine a country's migration policies;
  4. Explain the relationship between host country migration policies and acculturation strategies among immigrants;
  5. Analyse the role of international organizations in resolving refugee crises;
  6. Interpret primary and secondary documents through developing critical reading skills;
  7. Communicate ideas and arguments in verbal form;
  8. Write research reports and essays.


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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