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HIST245 Global Migrations: From Slavery to Refugees

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A survey of global migrations from the transatlantic slave trade to 21st-century refugees.

How and why do people migrate and what are the consequences and legacies for them, their homelands, and new areas of settlement? This course examines these questions through an exploration of global migrations from the transatlantic slave trade through to 21st century refugee resettlements.

Ranging broadly across time and space, this course examines global migrations to and from Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas and Oceania and their influence in shaping the modern world. With a focus on slaves, convicts, indentured workers, labour migrants, exiles and refugees, we will explore themes of identity, belonging, religion, multiculturalism, cross-cultural encounters, racism, xenophobia, deportation, violence and trauma.

The course will appeal to students who are interested in global concerns and multidisciplinary approaches to the past and present.

Paper title Global Migrations: From Slavery to Refugees
Paper code HIST245
Subject History
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $913.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,073.40

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One 100-level HIST paper or 54 points
Schedule C
Arts and Music

Teaching staff

Professor Angela McCarthy


Course materials will be made available electronically.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised

Cultural Understanding, Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will:

  • Understand the key causes and consequences, continuities and change, and myths and legacies of global migrations from the 1600s through to the present day
  • Obtain an appreciation of multidisciplinary, comparative and transnational approaches to the study of migration
  • Acquire skills to evaluate and interpret sources and debates

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 9-13, 15-22
Wednesday 11:00-11:50 9-13, 15-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A2 Wednesday 13:00-13:50 10, 12, 15, 17, 19
A3 Wednesday 14:00-14:50 10, 12, 15, 17, 19