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

    A multidisciplinary exploration of global migrations from the transatlantic slave trade through to 21st century refugee resettlements.

    Ranging broadly across time and space, this course examines how and why global migrations to and from Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas and Oceania have shaped the modern world. Themes to explore include identity, culture, belonging, religion, multiculturalism, racism, xenophobia, deportation, violence and trauma.

    The paper complements studies in a wide range of subjects, including Law, Geography, Psychology, Politics, Anthropology, Health, Gender Studies, Criminology, Religion, Education, Sociology, Social Work, and Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies.

    About this paper

    Paper title Global Migrations: From Slavery to Refugees
    Subject History
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    One 100-level HIST paper or 54 points
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music

    Professor Angela McCarthy -

    Teaching staff

    Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Professor Angela McCarthy


    Course materials will be made available electronically.

    Course outline

    Available via Blackboard.

    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


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Tuesday 10:00-10:50 9-13, 15-22
    Thursday 10:00-10:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Wednesday 10:00-10:50 10-13, 15
    A2 Thursday 11:00-11:50 10-13, 15
    A3 Thursday 12:00-12:50 10-13, 15
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