Immigration 2010 syllabus

Immigration 2010 syllabus - 1Government 312L:Issues and...

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1 Government 312L:   Issues and Policies in American Government (#38425) COMPARATIVE IMMIGRATION POLITICS MEZ 1.306, MWF 1-2 Professor Terri Givens Office hours: M-W-F, 10:30-11:30 Batts 3.136 or by appointment Phone: 232-7245 tgivens@mail.utexas.edu TEACHING ASSISTANTS Andrew Rottas (SI) Batts 1.118 Office hours: Monday and Wednesday, 2:00-3:30 SI Sections: Monday from 5:00-6:00 in Mezes 1.212 Wednesdays 12:00-1:00 in Parlin 1 andrew.rottas@mail.utexas.edu Matt Grinney Batts 1.118 Office hours: Tuesday 11:00 am - 12:30 pm and Thursday 12:30 - 2:00 matt.grinney@gmail.com COURSE DESCRIPTION Recent Congressional debates over immigration have highlighted the varying approaches that politicians would like to take in order to control the flow of immigrants into the United States. One can argue that the attacks of September 11 th brought the issues surrounding immigration to the fore, unlike any other event in the last century. Other attacks such as the Madrid bombings, the murder of Theo Van Gogh, the London bombings and the Paris “riots” (aka “uprising”) 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 which are often considered necessary to economic security? 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, and security issues since September 11 th . A comparative approach will be used to provide a counterpoint to the U.S. case, as well as to examine the international forces which underpin migration flows. TEXTS Daniel Tichenor, Dividing Lines: The Politics of Immigration Control in America Givens, Freeman and Leal, Immigration Policy and Security: U.S. European and Commonwealth Perspectives Other texts will be available online or via Blackboard (marked with an * in the course outline
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below). Readings are subject to change, depending on current events. GRADING and ASSIGNMENTS 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 historical background and information on specific issues needed to analyze current immigration policy, and describe the arguments for and against particular policies. Student achievement of these goals will be assessed through exams and written assignments as described below. To receive credit for the course, students are required to complete all assigned readings, to attend
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Immigration 2010 syllabus - 1Government 312L:Issues and...

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