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Kathie Friedman
SIS 344
Seattle Campus

Migration in the Global Economy

Analyzes the relationship between human mobility in the late 20th century and changes in the global economy. Allows the student to gain familiarity with scholarly research on international migration from a diversity of approaches and methods. Offered: jointly with GEOG 344; W.

Class description

This course focuses on international migration in the context of restructuring in the contemporary global system. Students will gain a global perspective on the nature of migration movements, why they take place, and how they affect migrating peoples, as well as the societies receiving them. Themes that are emphasized include: a) transnationalism and new approaches to national identity and citizenship; b) migration as a social network-driven process; c) gendered migration; d) migration and the formation of ethnic minorities.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Instruction involves lectures, small-group discussion, reading, films, individual student research, and in-class presentations.

Recommended preparation

Strong writing and analytical skills; ability to read quickly and efficiently; basic knowledge of the contemporary global system and ethnic group relations.

Class assignments and grading

Approximately 100 pages of reading per week, 2-essay exams, brief in-class presentation, and 15-page research paper.

Grades are assigned based on the quality of the assignments completed (see above).


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by M Jane Meyerding
Date: 01/25/2001