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Terri E Givens
SIS 490
Seattle Campus

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THE IMMIGRATION CRISIS: COMPARATIVE POLITICS AND THE LAW One can argue that the attacks of September 11th have highlighted the issues surrounding immigration unlike any other event in the last century. Certainly nothing in the last few decades has caused countries around the world to examine the ways that they secure their borders and control the flow of people in and out of their country as the terrorist attacks have done. The issues include not only the ability of terrorists to cross borders, but also the waves of refugees created by recent wars in places such as Afghanistan, Kosovo and the Congo. In an era of uncertainty, how can we pursue policies that will ensure the security of our borders without closing off flows which are often considered necessary to economic security or the very survival of those fleeing areas of war or famine?

This course is designed as a 300 level course which will provide students with an overview of immigration law and politics in the U.S. and other parts of the world, particularly Europe. Students will be provided with the tools needed to analyze immigration policy, and describe the arguments for and against particular policies.

The course will begin with an examination of immigration law and policy in the United States. Other issues to be covered include the economics of immigration, refugees and asylum seekers, human smuggling, and security issues since September 11th. A comparative approach will be used to provide a counterpoint to the U.S. case, as well as to examine the international forces which underpin migration flows.

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Class assignments and grading

A portion of the readings will be available either on the web or via electronic reserve, as well as in a course reader. The following texts will be available for purchase at the University bookstore:

Books: Louis DeSipio & Rodolfo O. de la Garza, Making Americans, Remaking America (Boulder, CO: Westview/HarperCollins, 1998). Stephen Castles and Mark Miller, The Age of Migration: International Population Movements in the Modern World (New York: Guilford, 1998). Christian Joppke, Immigration and the Nation State (New York: Oxford 1999). David Kyle and Rey Koslowski, Global Human Smuggling (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press 2001) Demetrios G. Papademetriou et al, "Reorganizing the U.S. Immigration Function: Toward a New Framework for Accountability" (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace 1998)

GRADING and ASSIGNMENTS This course offers a Service Learning component. Your assignments will vary depending on whether you choose to participate in Service Learning or not.

Midterm 20% Final Exam 30% Research Paper or service learning journal 30% Section assignments & Participation 20% Total 100%


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: 02/06/2002