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Ethnic Studies 158
Latino Immigration

Why do people migrate, and how does modern international migration differ from previous eras? Why have certain Latinos immigrated to the United States more than others, and why have they comprised the majority of U.S. immigrants since 1980? How have U.S. citizens responded to Latino immigrants, and how does this affect the 60% of U.S. Latinos who were born with U.S. citizenship? How is the growing U.S. Latino population changing both Latin America and the United States, both Latinos and non-Latinos? This course examines Latino immigration to the United States, taking account of both the international context and U.S. immigration and anti-immigration history. Case studies will be examined and current political, economic, and social issues will be discussed. Class meetings include lectures, films and guest speakers, discussion of readings, and student presentation of research.

Upper Division Course, Open to All Majors.

Please note: there are two sections of this course, which will meet together. Section 2 includes a Service Learning component and is worth 1.25 credits.

Required Books
Adler-Hellman, Judith, The World of Mexican Migrants: The Rock and the Hard Place. (2008)

Chávez, Leo R., The Latino Threat: Constructing immigrants, Citizens, and the Nation. (2008)

Menjivar, Cecilia, Fragmented Ties: Salvadoran Immigrant Networks in America (2000).

Perea, Juan F. (ed.), Immigrants Out! The New Nativism and the Anti-Immigrant Impulse in the United States (1997).

Reader, available through Library e-reserves

Grading Criteria
Two exams (20% + 20%), 40%
Co-leading discussion of readings, 10%
Term paper, 25%
Presentation of research, 15%
Class participation, 10%
Note: There is no final exam.

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Last Updated: 6/22/17