GY331      Half Unit
Geographies of Global Migration

This information is for the 2022/23 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Claire Mercer STC4.19

Professor Claire Mercer and Dr Alicia Lazzarini


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.

This course is capped at 53 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


Coursework (25%, 1500 words) in the LT.
Take-home assessment (75%) in the ST.

Take-home assessment (75%, 48 hours) in the ST. Coursework (25%, 1500 words) in the LT.

Student performance results

(2019/20 - 2021/22 combined)

Classification % of students
First 50.7
2:1 48
2:2 1.3
Third 0
Fail 0

Key facts

Department: Geography and Environment

Total students 2021/22: 27

Average class size 2021/22: 13

Capped 2021/22: No

Lecture capture used 2021/22: Yes (LT)

Value: Half Unit

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Personal development skills

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