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Carolyn Pinedo-Turnovsky
LSJ 381
Seattle Campus

Contemporary Issues in Rights

Studies the theoretical, empirical, and comparative aspects of such topics as human rights, civil rights, and legal change.

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Immigration, Citizenship and Rights: How do experiences of immigration intersect with law and policy in daily life: in constructing one's membership, shaping a sense of belonging, and framing one's experience of rights – access to quality of life? What is the consequential impact on the concept of citizen[ship], its meaning and structure, but also as lived experience? We will examine the relationship between citizenship and migration and the impact on rights, broadly defined, in the U.S. We will pay attention to two major spaces through which citizen[ship] is shaped and contested: identity [race and gender relations] and law and policy [the social order]. This is not a class that will prepare you for law school. Rather, our lectures and discussions will examine select cases of immigration law and policy, emphasizing the social, cultural and historical contexts rather than legal doctrines or judicial decisions.

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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 Carolyn Pinedo-Turnovsky
Date: 11/07/2011