POLS 031. Borders and Migration

This course offers an introduction to the causes and consequences of international migration and examines the political responses of different national communities to the phenomenon. In the first part of the course we explore why and how people leave their homes for a different country. We will also consider normative questions around the rights and responsibilities of both host countries and migrants. Do states have the right to close their borders and exclude non-citizens from their territories? Our readings address debates around citizenship, multiculturalism, group membership, and minority rights.  The second part of the course focuses on the dynamics of incorporation: the processes through which immigrant groups settle and integrate in their new country of residence. The growing ethnic, racial, religious, and linguistic diversity generated by immigration has spawned fierce debates over national identity and social cohesion. We will analyze different regimes of political, cultural, and economic integration and ask how states accommodate (and fail to accommodate) ethno-religious minorities by examining struggles over language rights, religious differences, gender and sexuality, and citizenship. Over the course of the semester, students will learn about the politico-economic effects and ideological battles over migration in a number of different countries across the globe.
Social Sciences.
1 credit.
Catalog chapter: Political Science  
Department website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/political-science

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