AMST 370
Immigrant Social Movements: Bridging Theory and Praxis Spring 2015
Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed JLST 370 / AMST 370 / INST 370 / LATS 370 / SOC 370
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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.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 12
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: 15-page final paper that connects course readings with internship experience
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the Gaudino option
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: LATS concentrators, AMST and JLST juniors and seniors
Distributions: Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
JLST 370 Division II AMST 370 Division II INST 370 Division II LATS 370 Division II SOC 370 Division II
Attributes: INST Borders, Exiles + Diaspora Studies Electives
JLST Interdepartmental Electives
LATS Core Electives

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