POLSCI 496 - Undergraduate Seminar in American Government and Politics
Winter 2023, Section 001 - The Politics of Inclusion: Belonging, Immigration, and Citizenship in the U.S.
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Political Science (POLSCI)
Department: LSA Political Science
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Senior standing; primarily for seniors concentrating in Political Science.
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Start/End Date:
Full Term 1/4/23 - 4/18/23 (see other Sections below)
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This course explores the concepts of citizenship, belonging, and immigration in the U.S. context. In this course, we will examine how historically, politically, socially and culturally, individuals from various racial, ethnic, religious, immigrant and non-immigrant backgrounds have been defined as belonging or not belonging members of U.S. society. The course will survey materials, concepts and theories to investigate the ways in which race, immigration, politics and policy have defined who belongs and who does not belong in America. We will pay particular attention to understanding the contours of American identity, the notion of citizenship, why people migrate, the determinants of anti-immigrant sentiment, the politics of immigration control and immigrant inclusion and exclusion in the U.S.

Course Requirements:

Regular attendance and active participation in discussions are essential. Weekly readings of roughly 100-150 pages. In-depth final research paper. Occasional short assignments, class exercises, and quizzes.

Class Format:

Weekly seminar discussions will occur as scheduled one day a week.


POLSCI 496 - Undergraduate Seminar in American Government and Politics
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001 (SEM)
 In Person
W 2:00PM - 5:00PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23

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