Music Theater Building (formerly Fine Arts Building) 1005
Section Information for Spring 2017
Immigration is again making headlines in the news, stirring heated debates about the costs and benefits of immigration and raising concerns about the changing demographics of U.S. society. Particularly with the liberalization of the 1965 immigration law, the United States has become one of the most diverse societies in the world. Post-1960s immigrants and their children, just like their earlier European immigrant counterparts, are leaving an indelible mark on the economic, social, political, and cultural landscape of our nation. As the U.S. society continues to diversify its population through immigration, a key challenge for any multi-ethnic/-racial society will be how these nations successfully incorporate the new immigrants and their offspring. In light of the global and domestic forces that are increasing international migration, it is critical to go beyond the narrow discussions of the costs/benefits of immigration and seek a more comprehensive understanding of the multiple facets of immigration.
This course has several objectives. It will help students to gain familiarity with theoretical, empirical, and policy-related issues pertaining to immigration. Second, we will consider case studies of immigrant communities and their adaptation patterns, paying particular attention to immigrants from Latin America, Asia, and the Caribbean.