About the course
With a record 200 million people living outside their country of birth, immigration is a global phenomenon with profound demographic, economic, social, and political implications for both sending and receiving countries. The debate over immigration law and policy has become increasingly volatile and, in some instances, characterized by misinformation, hate, and xenophobia. Beyond the politics of immigration, genuine challenges to immigrant integration abound. Successful integration of immigrants is critical to the long-term prosperity of host countries that rely on immigrants as workers, consumers, taxpayers, innovators, and entrepreneurs in light of their aging native-born populations and lower birth rates. In this course we will explore integration law, policies, judicial cases and practices in both traditional immigrant-receiving countries--such as the United States and Canada and new countries of permanent immigration such as France, Germany, the United Kingdom. We will raise questions about traditional understandings of nationality, loyalty, place and identity. We will also discuss citizenship laws, models of multicultural citizenship, as well as transnationalism and post-nationalism, paradigms that challenge an integrationist reading of migration. Using case studies from North America and Europe we will pay special attention to the different modes of immigrant civic engagement and political participation on their road from newcomers to citizens.
At the completion of the course, a successful student will be able to:
- Discuss the integration law, policies, judicial cases and practices in both traditional immigrant-receiving and source countries.
- Recognize questions about traditional understandings of nationality, loyalty, place and identity.
- Discuss citizenship laws, models of multicultural citizenship, as well as transnationalism and post-nationalism.
- Compare different modes of immigrant civic engagement and political participation.
This course is an open enrollment course. No application is required and registration is available by clicking "Add to Cart." Current students must register with their Georgetown NetID and password. New students will be prompted to create an account prior to registration.
Prior to joining the Georgetown faculty, she was on the faculty of Vanderbilt and Rice Universities. She has examined many research questions related to migration, including the economic consequences of U.S. immigration policy; health effects of Mexico-U.S. migration; immigrant parent involvement...
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