Thursday, February 19, 2015

Human Migration

I chose a topic of Human Migration. Human Migration is a movement of people from one place to another while crossing boundaries. It is influenced by push (war, genocide, natural disaster) and pull factors (education, work, freedom). It affects states and societies where migration occurs.

I included 4 main disciplines that deal with this topic. I believe that interdisciplinarity is important in this case and no single discipline can achieve comprehensive understanding of the problem. Therefore, the integration of multiple disciplines is crucial in order to solve the issue. Looking at the different perspectives and developing a postdisciplinary view helps to think outside of the box. It is important to escape from traditional disciplines to better understand the world and migration that is happening within it.

Perspectives on the problem
how the perspective illumines the problem as a whole
The nature of the societies and relations within the societies
Human migration influences relations within societies
Changes in societies due to cultural blending
Political Science
The nature of the relationships between states, groups, and individuals and the distribution of power among them
Human immigration is a determinant of the state policies and regulations
Changes in state regulations, welfare and politics as a consequence of human migration
The people, events, and movements of humans past and present (Repko, 104)
The human migration has roots in the history
The particular historical events have impact on current migration
The features of the Earth and the interaction with human activity
Human migration  includes passing geographical boundaries and changes the spatial distribution of the population
Migration causes redistribution of the population in particular areas

Work Cited: Repko, Allen F., and Rick Szostak. Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies. SAGE Publications, 2013. Print.


  1. Great! Make sure you cite photos when you use them. Remember that an "epistemology" is slightly different than a definition. The epistemology of a discipline is more like the world view of that discipline: what does the discipline generally believe about the world? How does it define "truth"? Through what ideological screen does it view the world? Take another look at Repko's epistemologies to see if you can see the difference between them and a general disciplinary definition. But this is all very good, and your issue is clearly one that would benefit from an interdisciplinary approach!

  2. Iveta,
    Your topic on Human Migration is very interesting since I am included in that category. In my opinion, since our world became globalized, immigration has been increasing its rate more than ever. I agree with point you made about education and work are two of main factors to pull people into the area. For example, many colleges target/recruit international students to compete with other universities and colleges. In South Korea, educational consulting companies lead a good portion of the educational market. They arrange the services for students and families who can move abroad to study and live. With this observation and experience, I think business study and economy can contribute their perspectives into this complex problem of human migration. Financial movements can create fluctuations of the economy where the people locate themselves.

  3. Sohye,

    It is true that colleges are recruiting more and more international students and mainly athletes. And it is interesting to hear about the services provided in South Korea. Do they provide services for temporary stay abroad or do they help the families to move abroad forever?