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Kathie Friedman
SIS 490
Seattle Campus

Special Topics

Content varies from quarter to quarter.

Class description

Global Diasporas This course examines the concept, process, and lived practice of diaspora in comparative global perspective. Using an interdisciplinary lens, we focus on the experiences and relationships of people who migrate across international boundaries and maintain connections with each other and/or their ancestral homelands over long periods of time and large-scale geographical distances. In the first part of the course we survey the growing theoretical literature on diasporas, and its relation to the literature on transnational migration and transnational communities. We also compare and contrast historical with more contemporary diasporas. In the second part, we turn to selected cases and examples, and consider the ramifications of contemporary transnational movements for notions of diasporic identities and citizenship. The third part of the course considers the implications of diaspora for economic development and political movements. We conclude with an assessment of the utility of the concept of diaspora as an analytical tool for understanding the relations between transnationalism and group affiliations in today’s world system.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction


Recommended preparation

Previous coursework in immigration or refugee studies

Class assignments and grading

Co-facilitating discussions of required readings; major research paper

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: 10/21/2010