Course Title: Global Mobility and Ethnic Relations

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Global Mobility and Ethnic Relations

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Val Colic-Peisker

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 9981

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 15.4.8

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will explore multilayered global population movements and the formation and dynamics of transnational communities. As well as considering permanent international migration flows, you will examine contemporary trends in more temporary but increasingly important forms of international mobility, including cross-border flows of expatriate workers, students and tourists.

You will also focus on the policy and program responses to these global flows of people within and between nations. The approach will be multidisciplinary, drawing especially on demography, sociology, psychology and policy and program evaluation. As well as increasing knowledge about individuals on the move and key Australian and international organisations and agencies, its primary aim will be to understand global migration at the beginning of the twenty-first century and its impact into the second millennium at national and local level and upon professional practice and to further develop the your capabilities.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Course Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the course you will be able to: 

  • Analyse population movements across national borders and inter-ethnic contexts within nation-states
  • Apply and adapt the theories, models and principles of population movements and inter-ethnic relations to local contexts
  • Develop strategic responses to problematic population movements and inter-ethnic tensions
  • Diagnose the reasons for population movements and for problems in inter-ethnic relations and to evaluate policies and programs for such issues
  • Undertake demographic analysis based on population movements and to develop government and inter-governmental policies and programs


Program Learning Outcomes
In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

Critically analyse, synthesize and reflect on knowledge about a rapidly changing world derived from multiple sources, perspectives and values systems

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities will be based around lectures and seminar activities together with tutorials. Students will be expected to present a high-level paper in the tutorials to their student colleagues.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will need to purchase a textbook and to access additional set readings and further scholarly and organisational resources online. You will be able to access to a wide range of online learning tools and content for your course from the student portal, myRMIT, and RMIT Library resources.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment tasks may include a range of assessment tasks may be used in this course, including short written assignments, tutorial presentations, exams and essays. Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: