Spring 2009 Course Description

Topics in Global Policy Studies

Section Title: The Politics of Immigration Policy: US & Comparative Perspectives
Instructor(s): Terri Givens
Course: P A 188G - Topics in Global Policy Studies
Unique Number: 62295
Day & Time: Wednesdays, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Room: SRH 3.108
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Notes: Dates for this segment 2/25 - 4/1

This course fulfills requirements for the following specialization(s):

Description: One can argue that the attacks of September 11 highlighted the issues surrounding immigration unlike any other event in the last century. Other attacks such as the Madrid bombings, the murder of Theo Van Gogh, and the London bombings have also highlighted issues of immigration and integration. In the last decade countries around the world have had to examine the ways that they secure their borders and control the flow of people in and out of their country. In an era of uncertainty, how can we pursue policies that will ensure the security of our borders without closing off flows that are often considered necessary to economic security?

This course is designed to provide students with an overview of immigration law and politics in the U.S. and other parts of the world, particularly Europe. Students will be provided with the tools needed to analyze immigration policy, and describe the arguments for and against particular policies.

Class grading policy will be discussed at the beginning of the spring semester during class time.

1. Daniel Tichenor, Dividing Lines: The Politics of Immigration Control in America.

2. Terri E. Givens, Gary P. Freeman, and David L. Leal, Immigration Policy and Security: U.S., European and Commonwealth Perspectives

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