CCGL9015 Global Issues

Globalization and Migration


Course Description

This course will introduce students to historical and contemporary perspectives of globalization and migration. There will be twelve lectures comprising three themes. In the first theme, Past and Present: Globalization and Migration as Historical Phenomena, human flows will be introduced in their historical contexts, including the impact of developments such as capitalism, colonialism and the emergence of nation states. The second theme, Migration: Forms, Causes and Social Issues, introduces the typologies of migratory flows and the barriers to these movements. The third theme, Global Governance and Civil Society, provides a framework for understanding migration from the individual level to the national level, and of relations between states. Students will be introduced to inter-governmental bodies and the agreements/conventions that regulate human flows, and the civil society movements for migrant populations.

Course Learning Outcomes

On completing the course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of human and social developments in the movement of people across time, and articulate differences with its current forms in globalization.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of how seemingly far-off phenomena such as wars, famines, the dispossession of people or corruption in governance can have an effect on urban centers and urban lives.
  3. Identify types of human flows, and objectify their causes, motivations, nature, issues and debates in discourses of globalized human flows.
  4. Demonstrate understanding of the role of development and trade in producing surplus labor and dispossessed populations who migrate, and engage with the moral and political discourses shaping people flows across borders.
  5. Participate as active members of a diverse global community through exposure to issues of development and links that they will be encouraged to explore in their assignments.
  6. Engage in intensive group activities with their classmates in seeking solutions to existing problems in human flows

Offer Semester and Day of Teaching

First semester (Wed)


Study Load

Activities Number of hours
Lectures 24
Tutorials 12
Reading / Self-study 72
Group projects, collective research, presentations 20
Assessment: Presentation (incl preparation) 20
Assessment: Examination (incl preparation) 12
Total: 160

Assessment: 100% coursework

Assessment Tasks Weighting
Tutorial participation 30
Group projects 30
In-class tests 40

Required Reading

  • Allerfeldt, K. (2010). “And we got here first”: Albert Johnson, national origins and self-interest in the immigration debate of the 1920s. Journal of Contemporary History, 45(1), 7-26.
  • Castles, S., & Miller, M. J. (2009). International migration before 1945. The age of migration: International population movements in the modern world (4th ed., pp. 79-95). Basingstoke, UK; New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Davis, M. (2001). Late Victorian holocausts: El Niño famines and the making of the third world (pp. 1-59). London; New York: Verso. [Preface, A note on definitions & Chap. 1]
  • Hsia, H. C. (2004). Internationalization of capital and the trade in Asian women: The case of foreign brides in Taiwan. In D. D. Aguilar & A. E. Lacsamana (Eds.), Women and globalization (pp. 181-229). Amherst, NY: Humanity Books.
  • Martin, P. L. (1999). Guest worker policies: An international survey. In A. Bernstein & M. Weiner (Eds.), Migration and refugee policies: An overview (pp. 45-83). London; New York: Pinter.
  • Nyíri, P., & Saveliev, I. R. (2002). Globalizing Chinese migration: Trends in Europe and Asia. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate. [2 selected chapters]
  • Parnwell, M. (1993). Forms of population movements in the Third World. In Population movements and the Third World (pp. 29-70). London: Routledge.
  • Pecoud, A. (2009). The UN convention on migrant workers’ rights and international migration management. Global Society, 23(3), 333-350.
  • Teschke, B. (2002). Theorizing the Westphalian system of states: International relations from absolutism to capitalism. European Journal of International Relations, 8(1), 5-48.
  • Vink, M. (2003). “The world’s oldest trade”: Dutch slavery and slave trade in the Indian Ocean in the seventeenth century. Journal of World History, 14(2), 131-177.
  • Wells, S. (2002). The journey of man: A genetic odyssey. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Course Co-ordinator and Teacher(s)

Course Co-ordinator Contact
Dr A.S.C. Sim
Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences
Tel: 3917 2058
Email: asim@hku.hk
Teacher(s) Contact
Dr A.S.C. Sim
Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences
Tel: 3917 2058
Email: asim@hku.hk