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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 charateristic 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 2018-2019 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 time: TBA

Seminar Room: TBA



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 given on Tabula. 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. All extension requests must be made two working days in advance of the published assessment deadline. Working days are defined as Monday to Friday (inclusive). Requests for extensions should be made via Tabula (remember to do this for each separate assessment, if you have multiple assessments due around the same time). You will need to state the reasons for your request and upload supporting evidence.

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Migrant Students Protest Racism

Tutor: Roberta Bivins

Office Number: H330

Office Hours:

Mondays in term 2.30 - 3.30;

Wednesdays in term 11:00-12:00

 Out of term: by appointment


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