Fall 2023 - GEOG 382 D100

World on the Move (4)

Class Number: 3654

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 6 – Dec 5, 2023: Mon, 12:30–2:20 p.m.

    Oct 10, 2023: Tue, 12:30–2:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 8, 2023
    Fri, 11:59–11:59 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    At least 45 units, including GEOG 100.



The world is on the move. Migrants seeking better opportunities cross paths with refugees fleeing persecution. Some are helped and welcomed, many encounter barriers and threats, while identities, including class, race, gender, sexuality, mediate their prospects. This course's geographic perspective clarifies these complexities by combining conceptual analyses with contemporary cases.


This course offers a critical overview of contemporary international migration, movement, and mobility of people. As the global migration and movement of people stirs up different concerns and controversies over borders, belonging, and boundaries, the course provides students with a set of critical tools and approaches to understand the complexities of contemporary global migration. We will move from examining the global forces, factors, and forms of migration, to immigration in Canada, to (im)migrant life in the city, to the role (im)migrants play in local social movements. In particular, we will think through ways that migration and movement can be understood from the settler colonial relations and place we are situated in – the unceded and ancestral territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

Using anti-racist and anti-colonial frameworks to understand contemporary migration issues, we will examine how global migration works within the context of colonial and capitalist nation-building projects.


Through lectures, key readings, documentaries, and in-class discussions students will build an understanding of contemporary patterns of migration (i.e. labour migration, forced migration, climate change migration, refugee movement, etc.) as they relate to global capitalism and different forms of colonialism. In particular, the objectives for student learning in the course are:

  • To build a nuanced understanding of how (im)migration works in and shapes the nation-building settler colonial project of Canada.
  • To develop a critical understanding of the factors of global migration on its impacts on peoples and communities.
  • To apply course concepts to ongoing crises of social injustice as well as to their own lives, histories and relations.
  • To help develop students’ abilities to critically analyze contemporary global issues and their relationship to questions of (im)migration.
  • To develop and hone research, writing and discussion skills.


  • Personal Story Maps 20%
  • Participation 20%
  • Reading Presentations 15%
  • In-class Course Engagement Activities 20%
  • Opinion Editorial Assignment 25%



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