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Instructor Class Description

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Mary P. Callahan
SIS 590
Seattle Campus

Special Topics

Seminar. Course content varies. Offered occasionally by visiting or resident faculty.

Class description

This course will explore the interdisciplinary literature on politics and history of borderlands, which for purposes of this seminar will mean the outer reaches of sovereign territory (usually defined in opposition to a privileged "center"). Readings will include important works on human movement (migration, trafficking and refugee flight), trade, criminality, identity, governance, statelessness, exile, citizenship and security. While there will be some emphasis (perhaps 1/3 of assigned readings) on Southeast Asia, the course will be broadly comparative in nature.

[No previous study of Southeast Asia required.]

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Student-led seminars.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Students will write eight 250-word papers (on weekly reading assignments), one 750-word seminar paper and one longer research paper due at the end of the quarter.


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 Mary P. Callahan
Date: 12/20/2010