LAS 388 • AGE OF MIGRATION
3:30 PM-6:30 PM
At the beginning of the twenty-first century, international migration has become a major factor in economic, political, cultural, and environmental change. Never before have so many people left their countries of origin due to economic deprivation, persecution, or ecological catastrophe. This graduate seminar provides a global perspective on the nature of migration movements, the forces behind these patterns, and their effects in both sending and receiving societies. Each participant will delve into several literatures, lead weekly sessions, and introduce us to ideas and perspectives in international migration that are central to their work. Along the way, students will elaborate on research problems, discuss approaches and perspectives, hash out appropriate methods, share results, and critique various lines of argumentation and theorization. Who should take this course? Graduate students with an interest in contemporary migration movements will be exposed to a survey of key theoretical approaches and relevant issues in migration studies in the social sciences, though the geographical literature will be emphasized. Current themes such as transnationalism, citizenship, gender and migration, and the sociospatial consequences of migration will be included. Graduate students will gain a strong foundation to prepare for both qualifying exams and for writing grant proposals, research papers, and theses in migration and immigration.