sociology 295 - international migration

Why and with what consequences do people move across political jurisdictions? How is migration organized, and what factors enable and constrain this social process? What are some of its costs and benefits and who bears them? Why do “immigration issues” make for strange alliances?

This course explores such critical questions from an economic, political, cultural, and historical standpoint. The readings and class activities take or foster a comparative perspective (over time and place). The course draws on U.S. and less familiar exemplars at the local, national and regional levels. In particular, the analysis stresses how migration has been a factor in both world-integrating processes (globalization) and in the continuing significance of nation-states.

The course assumes an understanding of basic sociological concepts and so requires that students have completed an introduction to sociology course or better.

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