CCGL9015 Global Issues

Globalization and Migration

Course Description

This course will introduce students to the key sociological perspectives of globalization and its impact on diverse forms of migration and mobilities. There will be twelve lectures comprising two main themes. The first theme introduces some of the structural forces that shape different forms of migratory flows (e.g. from the highly mobile transnational professionals to trafficked persons and domestic migrant workers), and elucidates the way the world economic order is underpinned by global economic disparities and widening class and gendered inequalities. The second theme introduces key debates about cross-border mobilities and provides a framework for understanding contestations around national belonging and multiculturalism and how these challenge our conventional understanding of migration across the global North-South divide.

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. Identify types of human flows, and objectify their causes, motivations, nature, issues and debates in discourses of globalized human flows concerning immigration, national belonging, and identity politics.
  3. Demonstrate understanding of the role of development and trade in producing surplus labour and dispossessed populations who migrate, and engage with the moral and political discourses shaping people flows across borders.
  4. Participate as active members of a diverse global community through exposure to key issues and debates in transnational mobilities that they will be encouraged to explore in their assignments.
  5. Engage in intensive group activities with their classmates in seeking solutions to existing problems in human flows.

Offer Semester and Day of Teaching

Second 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: In-class tests (incl preparation) 12
Total: 160

Assessment: 100% coursework

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

Required Reading

  • Castles, S. (2002). Migration and community formation under conditions of globalization. International Migration Review, 36(4), 1143-1168.
  • Coles, A. & Fechter, A. -M. (Eds.). (2008). Gender and family among transnational professionals. London: Routledge. [2 selected chapters]
  • Held, D., & McGrew, A. (2007). The great divergence? Global inequality and development. In Globalization/anti-globalization: Beyond the great divide (pp. 117-136). Cambridge: Polity.
  • 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: Ashgate. [2 selected chapters]
  • O’Reilly, K., & Benson, M. (Eds.). (2009). Lifestyle migration: Expectations, aspirations and experiences. Farnham: Ashgate. [2 selected chapters]
  • Ong, A. (2004). Latitudes of citizenship: Membership, meaning, and multiculturalism. In A. Brysk & G. Shafir (Eds.), People out of place: Globalization, human rights, and the citizenship gap (pp. 53-72). New York: Routledge.
  • Pecoud, A. (2009). The UN convention on migrant workers’ rights and international migration management. Global Society, 23(3), 333-350.
  • Pickering, S., & Ham, J. (2014). Hot pants at the border: Sorting sex work from trafficking. British Journal of Criminology, 54, 2-19.
  • Sassen, S. (2007). Sociology of globalization, New York: W.W. Norton. [Chap. 5]
  • Sassen, S. (2012). Cities in a world economy. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE/Pine Forge. [Chap. 7]

Course Co-ordinator and Teacher(s)

Course Co-ordinator Contact
Professor M.S.Y. Lee
Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences
Tel: 3917 8948
Teacher(s) Contact
Ms J. Ham
Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences