Course Title: Migrants in Transition: Migration, Displacement and Mobility

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Migrants in Transition: Migration, Displacement and Mobility

Credit Points: 12.00

Flexible Terms

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


PGRDFx2019 (FF)

Course Coordinator: Dr Panayiota Romios

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2674

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.05.42

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will explore the socio-economic and political dimensions involved in migration and greater mobility across countries; the consequences of mobility; and the impact of factors such as climate, economic and development goals at regional, national and international level.

You will explore significant ‘push factors’ for the movement of people; distinguish between migrants fleeing from poverty to those fleeing conflict or other crisis for those concerned with development and the resultant increase in humanitarian response. Through the lenses of migration theories, you will examine the drivers of migration, migration as adaptation and the dynamisms and complexities of migrants' settlement in their new environment, including their increased capacity for communication across borders leading to a strong ongoing relationship with the country of origin; and increased demand for humanitarian response.

The delivery of the course will involve RMIT staff and practitioners from partner organisations, currently Australian Red Cross. It integrates academic learning and work-based learning, commonly referred to as Work Integrated Learning (WIL), which will allow you to solve authentic industry problems or address real issues faced in organisations working with migrants in transition.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development



Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Define socio-economic and political systems contributing to migration and greater mobility and impacts, and global humanitarian responses.
  2. Evaluate humanitarian approaches contribution both in the short term and in the long term to important outcomes at the individual, family and community level.
  3. Reflect on the humanitarian and development nexus in addressing protracted displacement of those fleeing conflict or other crisis to extend and challenge knowledge and practice
  4. Analyse the patterns, processes, and governance associated with the movement of people around the globe.
  5. Identify and review the ways in which diverse theoretical perspectives lead to alternative and competing possibilities for analysis and action.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of face to face and online activities such class lectures; class activities (including small group work); case study analysis; analysis of documentaries; guest lectures; and class and online discussions.

You are expected to read the course materials available online and refer to additional reading material in your assessment tasks. It is advisable to take notes as you read and constantly reflect on the questions raised. This reflection could, for example, take the form of a brief written response or posting a message on the online discussion board. You are encouraged to liaise with the course lecturer and ask questions about particular topics, readings or assessment tasks.

Overview of Learning Resources

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources, all of which will be available through our online systems.

You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

The University Library has extensive resources for international development students. The Library has produced a number of subject guides that includes quality online and print resources for your studies.

The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarians.

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.


Task 1  Interview with a family member, friend or acquaintance on their migration experience.  20%  1,000 words. Relevant course learning outcomes : 1, 2


Task 2 Five annotated entries based on course readings. 30%  1,500 words. Relevant course learning outcomes : 1, 2, 3


Task 3 essay 50% 2,000 words. Relevant course learning outcomes:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice. 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 manager or the Equitable Learning Services 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: