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Carolyn Pinedo-Turnovsky
LSJ 491
Seattle Campus

Special Topics in Rights

Focused, comparative examination of topics in rights.

Class description

LSJ 491 Special Topics in Rights: Working Immigrants: Legality and Rights.

Brief Course Description: This class looks at the relationship between work, legality and rights to examine the work experiences of immigrants in the US. We will consider the following: What are the ways in which laws shapes the work experiences of immigrants in the U.S.? And what rights can a worker claim in her/his place of work? After being presented with some theoretical and conceptual perspectives of work and immigration, we will move towards discussing the effects of law as well as social locations, such as migrant status, race, gender, ethnicity, and nation, on labor market participation and outcomes. What does the context of work look like: type of workers, codes of conduct, workplace practices, laws (labor, criminal and immigration), location etc. How do these shape the status of the work, the worker, and access to rights?

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

While there will be lecture, our class will generally run as a seminar. Therefore, class participation is very important. Students will also serve as discussion facilitators in our meetings.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Readings and assignments will be available on a course webpage via the catalyst tool, CommonView. The link to the webpage will be sent via email in the first week of classes. Additional course materials, apart from the syllabus, will be available in the library, posted on webpage or sent via email.

Grading will be assessed from any of the following: class participation and presentation, weekly reading responses, exam, field/data research memos and final paper. Lastly, throughout the quarter, assignments may require that you collect or analyze existing data, either individually or working in groups.


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: 09/26/2012