GY331      Half Unit
Geographies of Global Migration

This information is for the 2021/22 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Claire Mercer STC4.19

Lectures will be delivered by Professor Claire Mercer and Dr Romola Sanyal


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: Understanding global migration

Section 2: Migration and development

Section 3: Migration and security



In the Department of Geography and Environment, teaching will be delivered through a combination of classes/seminars, pre-recorded lectures, live online lectures, in-person lectures and other supplementary interactive live activities.


This course is delivered through a combination of classes and lectures across Lent Term.


This course includes a reading week in Week 6 of Lent Term.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce one piece of formative work in the Lent Term

Indicative reading

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

Andersson, R (2014) Illegality Inc: Clandestine migration and the business of bordering Europe Berkeley, University of California Press

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 2020/21: 19

Average class size 2020/21: 10

Capped 2020/21: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

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