Designed to provide the student an opportunity to concentrate on one specific aspect of American Ethnic Studies through a comparative, interdisciplinary approach.
Title: Immigration and the Construction of American Identity.
This course starts with a brief overview of current U.S. immigration law and policy. Students will study how the politics of race, class, and national security have influenced immigration law and policy over time. This includes debates about assimilation, citizenship, national identity, national security, and the necessity of immigration in a changing society. Students will have an opportunity to study the issues surrounding the contemporary debate about immigration reform.
Student learning goals
Understand the context of the current immigration debate and the origins of our current law and policy.
General method of instruction
Short lectures using a modified Socratic method, and including short video and audio clips. Group presentations on specific issues.
No required prior coursework. Be prepared to read 50-100 pages per session.
Class assignments and grading
1. Midterm exam (open note). 2. Group project 3. Either final exam or final paper. 4. Class participation/E-post discussions