POL S 405 B: Advanced Seminar In American Politics

Meeting Time: 
MW 9:30am - 11:20am
PAR 206
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Sophia Jordán Wallace

Syllabus Description:

Political Science 405B Immigration Politics & Policy 

Prof. Sophia Jordán Wallace 

Course Overview:

This course explores the history of immigration in the U.S., public policy that has been aimed at immigration flows or immigrants, and political consequences that resulted. Immigration policy is a highly salient and controversial issue in the current political landscape. This course will grapple with notions of citizenship and ‘illegality’ while examining backlash to demographic changes. Rhetoric on immigration is increasingly divisive and has caused differing reactions among various groups of people and voters. A considerable portion of the course will address social movement responses such as the 2006 protests and hunger strikes within detention facilities. Legislation aimed at immigrants such as Arizona’s SB1070, DREAM Act and Proposition 187 in addition to other local, state, and federal measures will also be explored at length. Finally, this course will examine undocumented immigration, dynamics on the border, and the politics of policing and immigrant detention.

Course Requirements:

This course is an upper division seminar rather than primarily a lecture course. Students are required to write one research paper (8-10 pages) as their final assessment in addition to 2 short reflection papers (2-3 pages).

Grade Breakdown: 

Short Paper 1: 10%

Short Paper 2 10%

Final Research Paper : 35%

Participation: 30%

In-Class Debates: 15%


Catalog Description: 
Intensive reading and research in selected problems or fields of political analysis.
Department Requirements: 
American Politics Field
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
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January 10, 2018 - 9:28pm