GBST 321
Migration Governance: A Global Perspective Fall 2022
Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed GBST 321 / PSCI 322 / LEAD 324

Class Details

This class is interested in thinking critically and empirically about one of the most polarizing and relevant issues of our time: how countries regulate cross-border mobility. Currently over 281 million international migrants live in a country different from where they were born, about 1 out of every 30 humans in the world and a population that has roughly doubled since 1990. How are international organizations and domestic governments regulating this level of unprecedented global mobility in destination countries as well as countries of origin? Throughout the semester we interrogate three themes central to migration politics (and political science): rights, access, and agency. The course is organized with a focus on legal status: which “categories” of people (i.e. illegal migrants, refugees) have differential access to rights, services, and representation depending on how they are classified where they live (and where they are from). We will critically analyze how those categories are constructed at the international and domestic levels, as well as how those categorizations are also racialized, politicized, and gendered. While we address current debates over migration governance in the United States, we situate US migration policy within the contemporary global context. The course places the US in conversation not only with European countries, but also (and especially) considerations of migration governance in destination countries in Latin America, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. We also attend to the emigration governance of diaspora citizens particularly from the Global South. Students will have the opportunity to apply course readings to real-world contexts through guest speakers from global organizations at the frontlines of migration policy (UNHCR, Doctors without Borders), and filmmakers documenting border crossing around the world.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 15
Class#: 1929
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Participation, 3 Short Response Papers, Research Paper (15 pages)
Prerequisites: PSCI 202 or PSCI 204 or permission of the instructor
Enrollment Preferences: Political Science majors and Leadership Studies Concentrators
Distributions: Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
GBST 321 Division II PSCI 322 Division II LEAD 324 Division II
DPE Notes: This class attends to the racial and gendered dimensions of global migration governance. We also focus on the diverse, uneven, and often arbitrary ways global migration governance is executed on the ground depending on destination country, where migrants are from, and why they are crossing borders. Finally, this class foregrounds global migration governance from the vantage of the Global South, highlighting migration policies within sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East.
Attributes: POEC International Political Economy Courses
PSCI International Relations Courses

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