SOC 204 - International Migration and the Politics of Membership in a Globalizing World
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Sociology (SOC)
Department: LSA Sociology
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From the presidential election in the U.S. to the “migration crisis” in Europe, international migration proves to be one of the most pressing issues in the contemporary world that demand our attention. The growing movement of peoples across national boundaries transforms not only the receiving but also the sending societies. It does so by altering the nature and significance of fundamental institutions and categories of membership that shape the contemporary society — as well as sociology as a discipline — such as the nation-state, citizenship, kinship, race, ethnicity, gender, and class. This course provides an introductory look into the topic of, and the major debates surrounding, international migration. Why do people migrate across international borders? Can nation-states control migration, especially “unwanted” or “unauthorized” migration? What are the policies that many migrant-receiving countries, including the United States, have developed to let some people in while keeping others out? What are the policies that many migrant-sending countries have developed to secure the loyalty and belonging of emigrants abroad? How do race, ethnicity, gender, and (il)legality shape people’s experience of international migration, and how does international migration in turn transform these fundamental legal, social, and cultural categories? How does our extant understanding of national sovereignty, economic development, political democracy, and global justice change as we consider international migration? This course takes a comparative and global perspective, encouraging students to move beyond the U.S. focused understanding of the phenomenon. The course is open to anyone with an interest in international migration and a willingness to examine the difficult academic, political, and ethical questions that international migration raises in the 21st century.

SOC 204 - International Migration and the Politics of Membership in a Globalizing World
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001 (LEC)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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