CRS: Seeking Refuge- Cambodia
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: University-wide Programs
Department: Global Studies
Course Number: UGLB 3715
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Global Studies
  • Human Rights
  • Politics
Population displacement has become increasingly visible worldwide—images of poverty-stricken and war-torn families living in makeshift camps waiting to cross national borders are commonplace in mainstream media. This course will provide a critical entry into displacement processes and the complex causes, characteristics, and consequences of forced migration experiences through the lens of the Cambodian diaspora in the United States. Students gain an understanding of how local, social, and larger geo-political forces interact to produce refugees, the way “refugees” have been historically constructed as a problem within the context of international humanitarianism, and the related problematics of the Refugee Act of 1980 which created America’s Federal Refugee Resettlement Program. Particular attention will be paid to the human technologies that produce certain categories of citizen-subjects, and the tensions emerging from the contradictory space of “resettlement” encountered by Cambodian refugees as they make their way through the institutional contexts (welfare, education, and legal systems) that signal the values and technical competence expected in America. An exploration of the politics surrounding the recent deportation of Cambodians from the United States will also be integrated into our readings and seminar discussions.
Course Open to: Degree Students


Open to Undergraduate students.