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Selected UW Seattle Courses on Immigration
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ANTH 416 Comparative Social Movements: Mexico and the United States (5) I&S
Historical, ethnographic, and theoretical perspectives in the study of Mexican-origin communities in social movements in Mexico and the United States with a focus on workers, immigrants, peasants, women, indigenous peoples, and students as forces of collective mobilization and social, cultural, and political change. Offered: jointly with CHSTU 416. Instructor: Devon Peña

AAS 385 Asian Americans: The Law and Immigration (5) I&S
Traces the evolution of United States immigration law and policy from the nineteenth century to modern day, from free immigration to immigration restriction, through the elimination of race as a criterion, and culmination in the passage of the Simpson-Mezzoli bill. Instructors: Gail M. Nomura, Enrique C. Bonus

C LIT 240 Writing in Comparative Literature
This is an introductory writing course that will teach you strategies for doing close readings of literary texts and for writing about them. Our readings will focus on the concept of the frontier or border, and specifically of the U.S.-Mexican border, as a determining factor in American culture, through a close reading and written analysis of short stories, novels, poetry, performance pieces, film and political comics about cross-cultural encounters. Authors to be read will include Gloria Anzaldúa, Sandra Cisneros, Américo Paredes, Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Lalo Alcaraz. Instructor: Cuauhtemoc T. Mexica

CHSTU 352 Mexican Immigration: A Comparative Analysis (5) I&S
Examines and compares constant Mexican immigration with that of other immigrants to the United States as one of the most important issues confronting Chicanos and other Americans in the United States. Intructors: Erasmo Gamboa, Elizabeth Salas, Gabriel Gallardo

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GEOG 123 Introduction to Globalization (5) I&S
Provides an introduction to the debates over globalization. Focuses on the growth and intensification of global ties. Addresses the resulting inequalities and tensions, as well as the new opportunities for cultural and political exchange. Topics include the impacts on government, finance, labor, culture, the environment, health, and activism. Special freshmen sections include study of The Devil’s Highway. Instructor: Matthew Sparke

CHSTU 352 Mexican Immigration: A Comparative Analysis (5) I&S
Examines and compares constant Mexican immigration with that of other immigrants to the United States as one of the most important issues confronting Chicanos and other Americans in the United States. Intructors: Erasmo Gamboa, Elizabeth Salas, Gabriel Gallardo

GEOG 310 Immigrant America : Trends and Policies from a Geographic Perspective (5) I&S
Examines U.S. immigration trends and policies from a geographic perspective. Topics include where immigrants come from, where they settle in the United States , immigrant employment enclaves, the effects of U.S. immigration policy on immigrant settlement and employment patterns, illegal immigration, citizenship, and barriers to immigrant success in the United States . Instructor: Mark Ellis

GEOG 344 Migration in the Global Economy (5) I&S
Analyzes the relationship between human mobility in the late 20th century and changes in the global economy. Allows the students to gain familiarity with scholarly research on international migration from a diversity of approaches and methods. Offered: jointly with SIS 344; W. Instructor: Katharyne Mitchell

GEOG 474 Geography and the Law (5) I&S
Examines the relationship between geography, law, and socio-legal analysis; reviews significant instances where law and geography intersect, such as the regulation of public space, the regulation of borders and mobility, and disputes over property and land use. Offered: jointly with LSJ 474. Instructor: Steven Herbert

GEOG 543 Research Seminar: Topics in Immigration, Ethnicity, and Race (5)
Employment patterns and outcomes for immigrants and ethnic minorities. Emphasis is on the U.S. experience and topics covered include labor market segmentation, theories of discrimination, job/labor queues, networks, ethnic niches and enclaves, skills and spatial mismatches. Specific focus changes annually. Instructor: Mark Ellis

SIS 325 Immigration (5) I&S
Introduces key theoretical debates in international migration. Examines immigrants' political, economic, religious, and social integration into host societies, and continued ties to homelands. Experiences of voluntary and involuntary immigrants, of the second generation, and of incorporation into America and Europe. Designed around interdisciplinary texts and fieldwork in Seattle. Instructor: Kathie Friedman

SIS 438
Forced Migrations (5) I&S
Provides an interdisciplinary understanding of the causes, characteristics, and consequences of forced migration experiences across the global system. Explores how international policy makers, humanitarian workers, and scholars have constructed forced migration as a problem for analysis and action, including some of the ethical dilemmas involved. Instructor:  Kathie Friedman

LSJ 425 Domesticating International Human Rights: Perspectives on U.S. Asylum and Refugee Law (5) I&S
Examines the creation, production, and proliferation of law and legal categories relating to the status of refugees and asylum-seekers in the United States . Integrates anthropological perspectives of law's ability to create meaning in the examination of deeper implications of asylum and refugee law in American society. Offered: jointly with ANTH 497. Instructor: Arzoo Osanloo

SISLA 489
The Mexico-U.S. Border in Literature and Film (5) I&S/VLPA
Analysis of the Mexico-U.S. Border region in literature and film of the 1990s and early 2000s. Includes migration, tourism, NGOs, globalization, transnational commerce, multiculturalism, and politics of gender, sexuality and race. Prerequisite: either SPAN 303 or SPAN 316; either SPAN 321 or SPAN 322; one additional 300-level course above SPAN 303. Offered: jointly with SPAN 489. Instructor:  Cynthia Steele