Migration and Development Course – University of the Western Cape

This course is a joint initiative between the Scalabrini Institute for Human Mobility in Africa (SIHMA) and the Institute for Social Development (ISD) at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa.

Course Description:

In the field of development studies, consensus has emerged concerning the critical role of both internal and international migration in promoting socio-economic development in countries of origin, transit and destination. The course examines the relation between migration and development by firstly reviewing some of the most relevant theories on migration to ensure a better understanding of its conceptual and theoretical overview; secondly it provides a critical analysis of key topics in migration and development including remittances, transnationalism and return migration.

Furthermore, the course is designed in a comprehensive way that equips postgraduate students with the necessary competences to better understand the relationship between ethical aspects of migration and human rights and to identify important legislative/policy frameworks which affect migration and development policies. The course is also envisioned to expose students to situations they will encounter in ‘the real world’ and to offer them experience in tasks which they will be required to perform as leaders in development organizations and initiatives. Finally, the course aims at providing students with an understanding of theories and practices which animate the debate around on migration and development.

Learning objectives:

By the end of the course students will able to:

  1. Understand the theoretical and conceptual framework of migration and development and describe the political and socio-economic determinants of human mobility in Africa.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to understand migration policies and its local, national and international legislative frameworks.
  3. Identify strategies and interventions to govern migration and to enhance its development potential.
  4. Understand the fundamental challenges of migration and development as well as demonstrate the ability to formulate and apply concepts and principles to actual situations;

On completion of the module, students should be able to:

  1. Apply the skills of migration and development in an effective and efficient manner within a changing environment.
  2. Evaluate all stages of the migration and demonstrate the skills in identifying the causal relationships in development policies.
  3. Analyze and synthesize the challenges of migration and demonstrate the ability to formulate and apply concepts and principles to actual situations;
  4. Apply this knowledge and show the ability to use the general migration theories in planning development policies.

For further information concerning ISD and its programmes contact: Priscilla Kippie (Administrator). Email: pkippie(at)uwc.ac.za. Ph: +27 (021) 959 3858

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