Courses & Units

Migrant Families HAA108


Australia is a migrant nation, with a rich and diverse mix of peoples, languages and cultures. In Migrant Families, we trace the journeys of ancestors who migrated to and from Australia and New Zealand, and place their lives in the context of global migration over the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. We explore the ways governments have shaped populations through migration and citizenship law and policy, and consider how these might have affected your ancestors’ lives. Migrant Families develops your archival research skills in the digital age. We explore where and how to find migration records (in Australia, New Zealand and overseas) and how to use them effectively to tell your family’s migration story. The unit builds on historical research and writing skills developed in the Foundation-level Family History units.


Unit name Migrant Families
Unit code HAA108
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline History and Classics
Coordinator Doctor Kate Bagnall
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Online Term 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Term 1 5/2/2024 19/2/2024 11/3/2024 14/4/2024

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Use appropriate technologies to locate, identify and access historical records relating to migration and citizenship
  • Read, interpret and evaluate historical information found in migration and citizenship records
  • Research and write a biographical non-fiction account of an individual or family’s experience of migration
  • Situate individual lives within the wider history of migration, particularly in relation to Australia and New Zealand

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.


Teaching Pattern

Weekly online learning materials (e.g. short video lectures, discussions, readings, activities) (approx. 3 hours)

Online web conference discussion 2 x 1 hour

AssessmentDocument analysis (20%)|Essay (40%)|Four quizzes (40%)
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