AMST 370 Spring 2015 Immigrant Social Movements: Bridging Theory and Praxis (D)

Cross Listed as INST370, JLST370, SOC370, LATS370
What routes are available to immigrant communities seeking to fight for inclusion and political participation? Do undocumented immigrants have rights in the United States and if so, what are these rights? Also, what agencies, political bodies or local/national organizations are responsible for making such determinations? Focusing on the activism of undocumented immigrant communities (parents, youth and allies), this course analyzes political mobilization by a group of individuals thought by many not to have rights. In doing so, comparisons will be drawn with the strategies and campaigns of those in the LGBT community and that of civil rights activists of the 1960s. Seeking to understand the origins and effects of what anthropologist Nicholas DeGenova refers to as "migrant illegality," students in this course will become familiar with the factors leading to international migration, the role of laws and federal/state policies in criminalizing and disenfranchising migrants, and the various forms of resistance in which undocumented communities have engaged in order to fight oppression and marginalization. Readings and course materials will be highly interdisciplinary drawing from disciplines such as ethnic studies, sociology, anthropology, political science and legal studies; course readings will be supplemented by films and an experiential learning component. As part of this component students will meet outside class hours to work with a local community-based organization over the course of the semester and write a 15-page final paper that connects course readings with their fieldwork experience. This course also works under the Exploring Diversity Initiative theme of "power and privilege" in examining the legal, cultural, social and political conditions that lead to the creation of a migrant underclass.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: 15-page final paper that connects course readings with internship experience
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the Gaudino option
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: LATS concentrators, AMST and JLST juniors and seniors
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Exploring Diversity
Other Attributes: INST Borders, Exiles + Diaspora Studies Electives,JLST Interdepartmental Electives,JLST Enactment/Applications in Institutions,LATS Core Electives
Enrollment Limit: 12
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Class Number: 3412
AMST 370 - 01 (S) SEM Immigrant Social Movements (D) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity Initiative Kevin A Escudero
M 7:00 PM-9:40 PM Sawyer 508 3412
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