CCGL9015 Global Issues
Globalization and Migration
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:
- Demonstrate understanding of human and social developments in the movement of people across time, and articulate differences with its current forms in globalization.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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)
|Activities||Number of hours|
|Reading / Self-study||72|
|Group projects, collective research, presentations||20|
|Assessment: Presentation (incl preparation)||20|
|Assessment: In-class tests (incl preparation)||12|
Assessment: 100% coursework
- 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. [Chapter 5]
- Sassen, S. (2012). Cities in a world economy. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE/Pine Forge. [Chapter 7]
- 2013 UNHCR Country Operations Profile – Myanmar
- Anti-slavery: The Migration-trafficking Nexus
- “From the Tiger to the Crocodile: Abuse of Migrant Workers in Thailand”
- “History of Colonialism” in Wikipedia
- Human Trafficking Search
- International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of all Migrant Workers and Members of their Families
- Migration Development Research Centre
- “Swept under the Rug: Abuses against Domestic Workers around the World”
- “Westphalian Sovereignty” in Wikipedia
Course Co-ordinator and Teacher(s)
|Professor M.S.Y. Lee
Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences
|Tel: 3917 8948
|To be confirmed|