HIST267 - Diasporas and Journeys Migration in World History

10 cp
Prerequisites: 10 cp from 100-level units in History
Incompatible: HIST329 Diasporas and Journeys: Immigration in World History
Teaching Organisation: Nil

The last two decades have seen an almost 50 per cent rise in the number of people living in countries other than their country of birth. During this time, the history of global migration has become an increasingly important area of study, as historians have sought to better understand the origins of our deeply interconnected world.

In this unit students will explore and compare patterns of global migration and the histories of immigrant peoples, especially in modern times. Case studies will be used to analyse the variety of diverse and similar patterns of migration. Students will work with different types of primary and secondary sources to investigate some of the key topics in this field, including the push/pull factors of migration, the hardships confronted, imagined communities, diasporas and the process of acculturation. Applying the methods of social and cultural historians, you will explore issues relating to historical sources and ways of interpreting life stories, and apply your own critical reading skills to construct an evidence-based historical narrative or argument.

The aim of this unit is to provide students with a framework for understanding the major shifts in global migration, and the experiences of the people involved.