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GEOG3062 Migration and Development

Module Overview

GEOG3062 is a multidisciplinary unit designed for students with an interest in human migration and development and the interaction between the two. The module will emphasise the importance of place and scale in its approach to these themes, although it will draw on scholarship from a variety of perspectives (including development studies, anthropology, sociology and cultural studies). The material is organised around key areas of concern from the perspective of migrants’ countries/areas of origin in the ‘Global South’. The module seeks to balance an understanding of theories of migration and development with empirical contributions. To this end, lectures are illustrated with real-life case studies while students are encouraged to do the same for their coursework. Finally, these elements come together in the creation of a policy brief. The module will draw substantially on convenor’s own research, but it will also be situated within a larger pool of relevant world-wide literature. This is a challenging module in both content and coursework. The field of migration is diverse and encompasses a broad range of aspects. The focus of this module is on developing (lower and middle income) countries, and the impact that migration has on these societies. It does not engage with EU migration, immigration and integration in the UK, Brexit and associated migration issues. With international development concerns in mind, the module’s second assessment is a Policy Brief. Despite seemingly short (1000 words, brief), this is a challenging piece of work that requires students to develop a different set of skills from those commonly used in essays, and which students may have not encountered before in their university work. Please note: there is no teaching on this module in week 25, as the lecturer leads the student local fieldtrip in Southampton.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Identify the key approaches and theories on the relationship between migration and development.
  • Identify and critically discuss, both orally and in writing, the ways in which migration impacts on migrants and their areas of origin in the Global South.
  • Critically appraise the interplay between structure and agency in shaping individual migrants' decision-making and outcomes for development.
  • Recognise the key policy debates on migration and development.
  • Critically interrogate the global interconnections and inequalities that shape migration and migration-related policies.
  • Explain the significance of place in understanding migration and its impacts on development.
  • Recognise the importance of migration for understanding societal global and local change.
  • Assess the ways in which South-North transfers may constitute development.


Lecture 1: Introduction and module overview Lecture 2: Introduction to key concepts and debates in Development Lecture 3: Development as Freedom Lecture 4: Introduction to key concepts and debates in Migration Lecture 5: Migration-Development nexus Lecture 6: Migration and Development: Albania case study Lecture 7: Internal migration Lecture 8: Rural-urban migration and development: China/Cambodia Case study Lecture 9: Linking internal and international migration Lecture 10: The gender lens Lecture 11: Return migration Lecture 12: Transnational migration Lecture 13: Remittance-led development Lecture 14: Gendering remittances: Albania case study Lecture 15: Policy Briefs Lecture 16: Skilled migration Lecture 17: Who cares? Ageing, care and the ‘left behind’ Lecture 18: Forced migration and development : refugees Lecture 19: Migration and environmental change Lecture 20: Migration-development policy Lecture 21: Review and synthesis Panel with representatives of local charities working with refugees to discuss the situation of refugees in the UK. (the order and topics are subject to minor modifications) In addition to the lectures, the module includes: (i) 1 x 2 hours workshop on Policy Briefs (ii) 4x 1 hour seminars over the course of the semester, to be facilitated by the convenor and/or PGRs. (iii) coursework help sessions.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

2-3 x 1 hour lectures per week + 1x2 hours lecture on Policy Briefs = 22 hours total 4x 1 hour seminars = 4 total 1x 2 hours workshop on Policy Briefs = 2 total 2x 1 hour coursework help sessions = 2 total 1x 2 hours panel on refugees in the UK = 2 total 1x1 hour advice and feedback = 1 total

Independent Study117
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Samers, M. and Collier, M. (2017). Migration. 

Glick Schiller, N., Basch, L. and Szanton Blanc, C (1995). From immigrant to transmigrant: theorisingtransnational migration.. Anthropological Quarterly. ,68 , pp. 48-63.

de Haas, H. (2010). Migration and development: a theoretical perspective. International Migration Review. ,44 , pp. 227–264.

Skeldon, R. (2008). International migration as a tool in development policy: a passing phase. Population and Development Review. ,34 , pp. pg. 1-18.

Raghuram, P. (2009). Whose migration, what development? Unsettling the edifice of migration and development. Population, Space and Place. ,15 , pp. 103-117.

Faist, T., Fauser, M. and Kivisto, P. (eds) (2011). The Migration-Development Nexus: A TransnationalPerspective. 

Danecker, P. (2009). Migrant visions of development: a gendered approach. Population, Space and Place. ,15 , pp. 119–132.

Silvey, R. (2006). Geographies of gender and migration: spatializing social difference.. International Migration Review. ,40 , pp. 64-81.

King, R. and Skeldon, R. (2010). Mind the gap!’ Integrating approaches to internal and international migration. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. ,36 , pp. 1619-1646.

Piper, N. (2009). The complex interconnections of the migration-development nexus: a socialperspective. Population, Space and Place. ,15 , pp. 93-101.

de Haas, H., Castles, S. and Miller, J. (2020). The Age of Migration: International Population Movements in the Modern World. 

Levitt, P. (1998). Social remittances: migration driven local-level forms of cultural diffusion. International Migration Review. ,32 , pp. 926-948.

Potter, R., Binns, T., Elliott, J.A. and Smith, D.W. (2013). Geographies of Development: An Introduction to Development Studies.. 

Castles, S. and Delgado Wise, R. (eds) (2008). Migration and Development: Perspectives from the South. 

Desai, V. and Potter R. (2014). The Companion to Development Studies. 


Assessment Strategy

In order to pass the module, students must obtain an overall mark of 40% or above.


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (2000 words) 60%
Policy brief  (1000 words) 40%


MethodPercentage contribution
Open Book Exam  (2 hours) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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