CRS: The Politics of Immigration in Action
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Division: University-wide Programs
Department: Global Studies
Course Number: UGLB 3711
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Global Studies
- Social Sciences
As Congress debates the passage of a comprehensive immigration reform package, how are immigrant organizations, researchers, government institutions and think tanks advocating for the rights of migrants? What are their different approaches to understanding and communicating the needs of migrants and promoting adequate solutions according to their perspectives regarding the causes and effects of migration? This collaborative research seminar will provide students, first, with the skills to understand current debates about immigration as well as the variety of sources available to study issues such as immigrant detention and deportation, the Dream Act, immigrant integration, comprehensive immigration reform, and immigrant mobilizations. We will examine different research methodologies, their contributions and limitations to understanding migration flows and the experiences of migrants. Second, we will explore how different groups and institutions use different information, resources and strategies to advocate for policies regarding migration. The class will include site visits and guest speakers to provide students with opportunities to engage with relevant organizations and institutions outside of the classroom. Students will be expected to work in teams on a project with research conducted at one of the organizations or institutions with a particular focus on how research can be translated into action, whether it is to inform a broader audience beyond academia, to mobilize a group or to change policies.
This collaborative research seminar is a requirement for Global Studies Majors, but is open to all Bachelor Level students after completing at least 30 credits.
Open to Undergraduate students.