GY331      Half Unit
Geographies of Global Migration

This information is for the 2018/19 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Claire Mercer STC 4.18 and Dr Romola Sanyal STC 3.05


This course is available on the BA in Geography, BSc in Economic History and Geography, BSc in Environment and Development, BSc in Environmental Policy with Economics and BSc in Geography with Economics. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.

Course content

Section 1: Introduction

Week 1 Geographies of global migration

Week 2 Concepts 

Section 2: Migration and development

Week 3 The migration-development nexus

Week 4 Remittances 

Week 5 Diaspora policies

Week 7 African diasporas

Section 3: Security and migration

Week 8 Geopolitics of migration

Week 9 Borders

Week 10 Forced migration and refugees I

Week 11 Forced migration and refugees II


10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the LT.

Students on this course will have a reading week in Week 6.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce two pieces of formative work in the Lent Term

Indicative reading

Cohen, R. (2008) Global diasporas: an introduction, second edition, Routledge, London.

Harris, T. (2013) Geographical diversions: Tibetan trade, global transactions, Univerity of Georgia Press, Athens

Knott, K. and S. McLoughlin (eds) (2010) Diasporas: concepts, intersections, identities, Zed, London

Samers, M. (2010) Migration, Routledge, Oxford

Mercer, C., B. Page and M Evans (2008) Development and the African diaspora: place and the politics of home, Zed, London

Van Naerssen, T., E. Spaan and A. Zoomers (eds) (2011) Global migration and development, London, Routledge


Exam (75%, duration: 2 hours) in the summer exam period.
Coursework (25%, 1500 words) in the LT.


Key facts

Department: Geography & Environment

Total students 2017/18: Unavailable

Average class size 2017/18: Unavailable

Capped 2017/18: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

PDAM skills

  • Self-management
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Specialist skills