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Robert Crosnoe, Chair CLA 3.306, Mailcode A1700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-6300

Spring 2008

SOC 308 • Immigrant Experiences in the United States

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
46364 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
BUR 231

Course Description

This course is designed to introduce students to the broad topic of immigrant experiences in the United States while integrating basic sociological concepts and methods. In addition, this course is designed to develop the skills needed to be critical consumers of information and to objectively analyze issues that impact the society we live in.

The first part of this course will review the fundamental frameworks and methodological techniques used by sociologists to analyze the social world. The next part will incorporate this sociological knowledge into an examination of the theoretical foundations of research on immigration in the U.S. and the historical trends in U.S. immigration. Specifically, we will examine theories of globalization and assimilation, review changing policies towards U.S. immigration, and describe demographic trends in U.S. immigration. The remainder of the course will incorporate sociological concepts into an examination of the experiences of the 'new immigrants' in three critical U.S. social institutions: the family, education, and the economy.

Grading Policy

Five one page in-class writing assignments covering assigned readings 25%
Five two page formal writing assignments synthesizing material within each section 35%
Two in-class essay/short answer exams 40%


Schaefer, Richard, Sociology Matters, Third Edition. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2007
Portes, Alejandro and Ruben Rumbaut, Legacies: The Story of the Immigrant Second Generation, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001
Course packet available at Paradigm.


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