Border Security and Migration

Qualification: Postgraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 14 weeks
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Awarded by: Macquarie University
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About this unit

This postgraduate unit, provided by Open Universities Australia through Macquarie University, looks at the issue of migratory and refugee movements throughout history up until the present day, analysing the reasons behind such mobilisations of people and the effects they have had on the security of existing states and societies. In this unit, which deals with the highly controversial and contemporary issues associated with asylum seekers and refugees, students will investigate the methods used by countries and politicians in attempt to control migration levels, looking at land and border security across the world, including in the United States, the European Union and Australia. The Border Security and Migration unit also looks at the social politics of immigration, analysing how immigrants are integrated into the new societies they find themselves in.

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Eligibility

To be eligible to enrol in this unit you must not have completed this unit, or an academic equivalent before, and must also be accepted into one of the following courses:

  • Graduate Certificate of International Security Studies, Macquarie University
  • Graduate Diploma of International Security Studies, Macquarie University
  • Master of International Security Studies, Macquarie University
  • Graduate Diploma of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, Macquarie University
  • Master of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, Macquarie University
  • Master of International Security Studies / Master of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, Macquarie University

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

  • Graduate Certificate of International Security Studies, Macquarie University
  • Graduate Diploma of International Security Studies, Macquarie University
  • Master of International Security Studies, Macquarie University
  • Graduate Diploma of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, Macquarie University
  • Master of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, Macquarie University
  • Master of International Security Studies / Master of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, Macquarie University

Areas of study

In this Border Security and Migration unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Introduction: migration, border and security
  • Theoretical perspectives: migration, development and border
  • Migration: what shape it is taking?
  • Border security and migration challenges: statelessness, human trafficking and war criminals
  • US: border security, migration and new challenges
  • Europe: legislative framework and evolving security and migration patterns
  • Australia 1: immigration and border security
  • Australia 2: immigration and border security
  • Third world 1: border crossing and security issues
  • Third world 2: China and India
  • 'Burden sharing' 1: international cooperation in asylum and migration policies
  • 'Burden sharing' 2: international cooperation in asylum and migration policies
  • Review and conclusions

Students who successfully negotiate the demands of this unit, they can expect to have developed an in-depth understanding of the issues surrounding migration; something that will put you in good stead if you wish to go on to work in social and public policy development, policing and border security, or international relations work. In terms of a more general skill set, the critical, analytical and historical elements of this unit should provide a boost to any student looking to differentiate themselves in the job market. Successful applicants will need to evaluate the challenges triggered by migration in an ever borderless world. They will also demonstrate an understanding of the issues involved with border security and migration, and prove they have the capability to conduct their own research of academic literature covering the topic.

Finance options

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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