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Deportation Nation
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Dingeman-Cerda, Katie. 2014. “Deportation Nation”. TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology, November. Washington DC: American Sociological Association.


In this course I aim to move beyond popular political and media representations of deportable populations to a more nuanced understanding of contemporary immigration law and its societal effects. We will engage with cutting-edge socio-legal scholarship on migration, citizenship, and deportation. During our exploration into this material we seek to...

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Subject Area(s):
Latina/o Sociology
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Class Level(s):
College 400
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Usage Notes

This course is considered an upper-division special topics course in Sociology, cross-listed with Criminology. The only prerequisite is Intro to Sociology.

The syllabus is prepared for a 10 week course. Each week is composed of 2 seminars. Each seminar is 1 hr 50 mins. This typically leaves ample time for a 30-45 minute lecture and a variety of...

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Learning Goals and Assessments

Learning Goal(s):

  1. You should be able to articulate the following • The primary types of migratory movements and theories of migration• How the deportation regime came into being, how it operates, and what functions it serves.
  2. You should be able to articulate the following • How immigration laws impact the lives of migrants, their families, and their communities• The ways civil society organizes around immigration issues.
  3. Students will practice these skills: Working independently and collaboratively• Reading, synthesizing, and evaluating literature• Engaging in debates on controversial issues• Presenting to your classmates• Writing and argumentative essay

Goal Assessment(s):

  1. Students will write daily memos composed of summaries and discussion questions on their assigned readings. Students will lead a discussion of their assigned readings to the class.
  2. Students will research an immigration law and write a short essay on how it came into being and its societal impact.Students will draw on course materials and external sources to compose a final essay arguing for or against immigration reform.

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