ANT3210EN - Population Movement and Transnational Migration

Course description

Exploration of the theories of population dynamics and movements from an anthropological perspective. Students will examine how globalization has influenced contemporary migration by broadening who migrates and where migrants go, the role of social networks and cultural capital in facilitating migration, and the factors that affect reception, settlement, incorporation, and return.

How this course benefits students

Transnational migration is now a day to day phenomenon across cultures. According to data from Migration Policy Institute (2016), the net migration to the US between 2010 and 2015 was about 5 million. Students will examine both natural and man-made causes of population migration at various levels. The course examines processes as well as challenges people face as they try to adjust to the new destinations. Knowledge of diverse nature of population movements will open doors for missional and career opportunities.

Why this course is important

Transnational population movement is unavoidable in today’s globalized world. This course equips grassroots missional leaders with the framework of analysis of causes and contemporary issues related to population movements, providing insight into the social, cultural and emotional challenges facing immigrants.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Samuel Jilo Dira, Professor of Cultural Anthropology

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

This course is based on biblical principles of accepting strangers (Deuteronomy 10:19) to reach the immigrants with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Missionally driven

This course is designed to enable local missional leaders to understand diverse contexts, causes and consequences of migration and to reach immigrants in a culturally appropriate way.

Contextually informed

The course addresses population movements in the contexts of different national, racial cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Interculturally focused

This course uses cross-cultural and multinational approaches to examine forms, causes, and consequences of transnational population movements.

Practically minded

This course offers insights and techniques that teach students how to apply their knowledge in practice and serve migrant people from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.

Experientially transformed

In this course, learners will have opportunities to meet immigrants and listen to their stories and lived-experiences. Students will use case studies of the experiences of immigrants, view diverse academic media (including documentary films and videos) and engage in inspirational exercises.