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HI3H7 Foreign Bodies, Contagious Communities: Migration in the Modern World

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This module explores mass migration, ideas of belonging and emerging cultures of health and welfare in the era of border control and formal citizenship -- that is, from the late nineteenth through to the twentieth-first century. It will examine the patterns, pathways and outcomes of the continuous large-scale movements of population across the globe so characteristic of the modern period. Through case studies of international, imperial and diasporic migrations, it will assess migrants’ significant and reciprocal impacts on the systems and institutions of the state, including those associated with health and welfare. Finally, we will examine the relationships and intersections between ethnicity, race and migration, and the ways in which close scrutiny of migration can generate new perspectives on gender, sexuality, dis/ability and class. This module will actively engage with present-day issues involving migration, ethnicity and health, such as responses of governments and health care providers to migration ‘crises’; and the (perceived and actual) cultural, social and epidemiological impacts of migrants on host communities and cultures, in light of historical perspective. How do we write and speak about the history of migration during a migration crisis?

In the 2019-2020 academic year, our case studies will include responses to migration in the USA, from Ellis Island to the Borderlands; emigration and immigration in the British Empire; and the experiences of African migrants in Europe and North America.



Assessment and Contact Hours: 

Seminar Groups:

Group 1: Wednesdays 9:00-11:00 - Room H1.04.

Group 2: Thursdays 3:00-5:00 - Room S1.69 (Social Sciences).



1. There will be no final examination.

2. There will be an assessed 'applied' history assignment (40%), in which students will communicate their own research to wider audiences -- via a blog, podcast, videocast, or other means -- and will reflect critically on that process, output and the idea of publicly engaged historical research.

3. Students will receive a formal participation mark (10%) for their weekly work on the module archive task.

4. Students will also complete a short 1500 word essay (10%)

5. The final component of your mark for 2019-2020 will be a 3000 word essay (40%)

Summative Assessment Deadlines

The dates and times by which you should submit your work for assessment are set by the Department. You can see them here and the assignments will also be visible on your Tabula. Note that we are a Final Year Advanced Option 1 (Applied) module, and you should work to those deadlines. Work should be uploaded to Tabula by the date and time specified on the system and following the online instructions. Extensions to assessed work deadlines may be granted only in exceptional circumstances such as ill health and/or extreme personal issues. You can read all about the rules and procedures for requesting extensions here. I cannot directly authorise extensions myself; to ensure a level playing field across modules, extensions are granted centrally -- but do please come and talk to me if you are experiencing difficulties. We will find a workable solution!

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Migrant Students Protest Racism

Tutor: Roberta Bivins

Office Number: H3.30

Office Hours:

Wednesdays in term 11:00-12:00;

Thursdays in term 1:00-2:00

 Out of term: by appointment


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