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Charles R. Hale, Director SRH 1.310, 2300 Red River Street D0800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512.471.5551

Fall 2005

LAS 388 • AGE of MIGRATION

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39597 T
3:30 PM-6:30 PM
GRG 408
SKOP

Course Description

At the turn of the twentieth 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. Current themes such as globalization, transnationalism, gendered migration, immigrant labor markets, and segmented assimilation 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. I ask participants to read, think, and write critically, to develop their own ideas about the course material, and to learn to express those ideas in a meaningful and insightful way. Each participant is expected to complete the assigned readings prior to seminar meetings and to make discussions interesting and challenging. Creativity, enthusiasm, and diligence are REQUIRED TO SUCCEED.

Grading Policy

I am most interested in helping participants to refine their ability to read critically, argue persuasively, and interpret imaginatively. The final grade will be based on a combination of participation and presentations during seminar, a final research paper, and a final presentation. The breakdown of my evaluation is as follows: Participation: 15%; Discussion Moderator: 20%; Research Paper: 55%; Research Presentation: 10%

Texts

1. Castles, Stephen and Mark J. Miller. 2003. The Age of Migration,: International Population Movements in the Modern World. New York: The Guilford Press. (3rd edition) 2. Course Reader (citations provided the first week of class - students may either access the readings electronically or make photocopies). 3. The Center for Immigration Studies listserv on immigration news: http://www.cis.org/immigrationnews.html

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