Fall 2022

Migration the Americas

Listed in: American Studies, as AMST-264  |  Anthropology and Sociology, as SOCI-264  |  Latinx and Latin Amer Studies, as LLAS-266

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Leah C. Schmalzbauer (Section 01)


(Offered as AMST 264, LLAS 266, and SOCI 264) This course introduces students to sociological analyses of undocumented migrations between Central America, Mexico, and the United States. An exploration of undocumented immigration demands that we engage with oft-unexamined social and economic contradictions. Namely, whereas capital and culture move freely across most international borders, many people cannot. Walls - physical, legal, and social - aim to keep certain people in and “others” out. Yet, people do cross international borders and many do so without the legal authorization to make their moves formal and secure. In this course we explore the sociological forces behind these insecure migrations between Central America, Mexico, and the US, and the reality of undocumented immigrant life in the United States. While this course has a deep theoretical rooting, we use daily life as the lens through which to explore immigration and enforcement policies, and our individual and collective relationships to them.

Limited to 25 students.  Fall semester.  Professor Schmalzbauer

How to handle overenrollment: Preference to Sociology, American Studies and LLAS majors.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: emphasis on reading, in-class discussion, daily written reflections and group work.


2022-23: Offered in Fall 2022
Other years: Offered in Fall 2022