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Kathie Friedman
SIS 498
Seattle Campus

Readings in International Studies

Reading and discussion of selected works of major importance in interdisciplinary international studies. Restricted to majors in International Studies.

Class description


Contrary to the expectations of much classical social thought, the 21st century is witnessing a global religious resurgence of all major faiths, as well as a geographical globalization of many due to migration. This observation, however, does not mean that religious thought and practice are transmitted without change across geography and generations. Many new immigrants stay connected to their homelands or to co-ethnics in the Diaspora, and many use religion as the means to do so. This course will draw on the increased attention to migration and the resurgence of religion by social scientists across disciplines to ask such questions as: Does religion aid or impede the adaptation of immigrants? Is the relationship of immigrants and host societies to religion different in the United States and Europe? How does mass migration in the past compare to the current era in terms of immigrants and religious practice? How are immigrants changing religion in their host countries and how are religious institutions changing immigrants? What is the place of religion in host society politics and projects of civic engagement?

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

The seminar will involve student-led discussions, as well as discussions led by the instructor, also class presentations, significant reading, and weekly papers.

Recommended preparation

Previous coursework or research about migration, immigrants, or refugees would be useful.

Class assignments and grading

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: 04/16/2009