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Borders, Migration and Development


  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 5
  • Convenor: Dr Kalpana Wilson
  • Assessment: an oral presentation (10%), 1000-word blog post (20%) and 2000-word essay (70%)

Module description

In this module we explore experiences and structures of migration. We will trace how these are shaped by unequal relationships along intersecting axes including race, class, gender and citizenship, and examine how colonialism and imperialism continue to shape the policing of borders today. We focus particularly on the experiences of people who migrate in the Global South or majority world, exploring questions of forced migration, rural-urban migration, climate refugees, gender and migration, and mobility justice.

Indicative syllabus

  • Sustainable development and global border regimes
  • Rural-urban migration in the Global South
  • Forced migration and refugee experiences
  • Climate change and migration
  • Gender and migration
  • Racism and the securitisation of borders
  • Mobility justice, no borders and climate reparations

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • understand contemporary scholarship on migration and borders in geography and international development
  • understand how intersecting structures of race, class, gender and imperialism shape experiences of migration and borders
  • apply relevant analytical concepts to a range of issues relating to migration and borders.