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Migration and Sustainable Development: Global Trajectories and Representations



Dr Gioia PanzarellaLink opens in a new window

Module Leader


Second year GSD and LA Undergraduates 

Term 2
10 weeks
9 lecture hours
9 seminars
Not available to students outside the School for Cross-Faculty Studies

This is a new module to be launched in the 2022-23 academic year

Module Description

This module tackles migration from the perspective of sustainable development and its social, environmental and economic dimensions. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development acknowledges the impact of human mobility on the sustainable development of 'countries of origin, transit, and destination', highlighting its global nature. Thanks to a series of case studies, students will consider elements such as: the environmental and historical contexts of migration routes, in particular from a postcolonial perspective; migration policies; instances of human rights violation (e.g. human trafficking) and inequalities; different (gendered, racialized, classed) categories of people experiencing migration; experiences of LGBTQUA+ migrants; issues of inclusion, belonging, community and social cohesion in destination countries. A key, transdisciplinary critical lens in the module invites learners to investigate how human mobility is represented in the media and in artistic productions, in order to reflect on how global issues are communicated, their relation with identity and (in)visibility, and their narratives in the public discourse.

Principal Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students will be able to:

  • develop a critical understanding of key theoretical tools in the areas of migration and sustainable development
  • explore strategies to communicate academic knowledge and research to wider public audiences
  • engage with narrative research and narrative practices as critical lens, with a focus on media and artistic productions
  • plan and undertake research on a topic related to the module

Employability Skills

Through this module, you will develop a number of different skills that are sought by employers which will support your professional development. We have highlighted this to enable you to identify and reflect on the skills you have acquired and apply them throughout your professional journey including during the recruitment processes whether this on an CV/application form or at an interview.

    - Intercultural awareness: developed through engaging with issues that relate to cultural and linguistic diversity that you will be able to apply to real-world contexts
    - Research: academic writing skill, specifically the ability to understand and synthesise complex concepts and apply them to specific case studies; the ability to unpack information provided and identify a research gap
    - Written communication and storytelling – Developed through assessments involving rewriting a written text for non-specialist audiences such as articles


    • Rewriting of an Article for Non Academic Audience: 30%
    • Essay Plan: 20%
    • Essay: 50%

      Please note: Module availability and staffing may change year on year depending on availability and other operational factors. The School for Cross-faculty Studies makes no guarantee that any modules will be offered in a particular year, or that they will necessarily be taught by the staff listed on this page.