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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Fall 2006

GOV 312L • Issues and Policies in American Government

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39640 MW
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
GSB 2.126
BEN 1.122

Course Description

Fulfills second half of legislative requirement for government. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. May be taken for credit only once. One can argue that the attacks of September 11th have highlighted the issues surrounding immigration unlike any other event in the last century. Certainly, few events in the last few decades have caused countries around the world to examine the ways that they secure their borders and control the flow of people in and out of their country as the terrorist attacks have done. In an era of uncertainty, how can we pursue policies that will ensure the security of our borders without closing off flows which 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. The course will begin with an examination of immigration law and policy in the United States. Other issues to be covered include the economics of immigration, refugees and asylum seekers, human smuggling, and security issues since September 11th. A comparative approach will be used to provide a counterpoint to the U.S. cases, as well as to examine the international forces which underpin migration flows.


Daniel Tichenor, Dividing Lines: The Politics of Immigration Control in America Other texts TBA


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