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211.6 sec. 001 - Citizenship and Immigration (Spring 2024)

Instructor: Sarah Song  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 3
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


Tu 10:00 AM - 12:40 PM
Location: 2240 Piedmont 102
From January 09, 2024
To April 16, 2024

Course Start: January 09, 2024
Course End: April 16, 2024
Class Number: 33459

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 19
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 20
As of: 04/17 03:26 PM

In this course we will explore questions about citizenship and migration. Readings will be drawn from scholarship in political theory, the social sciences, and law with the goal of integrating insights from these different fields in new, thought-provoking ways.

The first half of the course will focus on citizenship. How should we conceive of citizenship: as a formal legal status, an entitlement to a set of rights, active participation in self-governance, an identity, or something else? What is the relationship between citizenship, on the one hand, and race, class, gender, and national origin on the other? How is citizenship acquired? How should it be acquired? Which rights have historically been attached to citizenship status and which rights have been extended to noncitizens? How and under what circumstances have people been stripped of their citizenship status and citizenship rights?

The second half of the course will focus on migration. Why do people migrate across international borders? Should people be allowed to migrate across borders? Nation-states exert control over migration but what, if anything, justifies this control? What is the impact of migration on sending countries, receiving countries, and migrants themselves? What are the key dynamics shaping the politics of immigration in liberal democratic countries? What kinds of immigration policies should the U.S. and other liberal democratic countries pursue?

Course requirements include close reading of texts, thoughtful participation in seminar discussions, and a series of reflection papers.

Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.

Prior coursework in law, humanities, or social sciences on questions of citizenship, migration, and borders would be helpful, but is not required.

Requirements Satisfaction:

Units from this class count towards the J.D. Race and Law Requirement.

The Race and Law Requirement applies to the class of 2026 and beyond.

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Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
Course Category: Jurisprudence and Social Policy (JSP)
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Race and Law
Social Justice and Public Interest

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