Examines and compares constant Mexican immigration with that of other immigrants to the United States as one of the most important issues confronting Chicanos and other Americans in the United States.
This course provides a broad overview of the factors and processes that shape Mexican immigration to the United States. More specifically, the course examines the way in which social, economic, and political factors structure the movement of people across international boundaries using Mexican immigration as a critical focal point to understand these processes. The course uses an interdisciplinary and comparative approach to examine Mexican immigration in the context of contemporary immigration to the U.S.
The topics that will be covered include: the global dimensions of immigration; the socio-historical context underlying Mexican immigration; changing demographic and geographic characteristics of Mexican immigration; Mexican immigration and the Pacific Northwest; the changing policy dimensions of Mexican immigration; undocumented immigration; the U.S.-Mexico border, and new directions and the future of Mexican immigration.
Course Objectives 1) Develop an understanding of the social, economic, and political dimensions of Mexican immigration to the U.S. 2) Develop a more nuanced understanding of current debates about immigration. 3) Through lectures, readings, discussions, and the writing process, the class seeks to help students develop their critical thinking, writing, and research skills. 4) Develop a research paper that addresses, in an in-depth way, any of the issues about Mexican immigration covered in class.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Lectures, readings, films, and group-discussions. Group discussions will be an important method to address debates about immigration.
No pre-requisites. Students are expected to keep-up with reading assignments and to attend all class sessions.
Class assignments and grading
Two take-home, short essay exams (midterm and final), a research paper, and a course notebook are the major requirements for the course. The other requirements include class attendance and active class participation. The final grade will be distributed as follows: · Midterm 20% · Final 20% · Research Paper 30% · Course Notebook 20% · Attendance/Participation 10%