Migration, Identity, & Belonging (PSY4379.01)

Özge Savaş

How are refugees, asylum-seekers, and immigrants different? What are the reasons people migrate? What creates the conditions for illegality? Why are people being deported? What does integration mean and who is integrated? In this course, we will follow a migrant-centered approach in investigating macro (e.g., institutional), meso (e.g., intergroup) and micro level (e.g., individual) influences on migration, displacement, and belonging. We are going to explore the scientific, conceptual, and policy-oriented foundations of a migrant-centered study of immigration in the United States and the Globe. This course (1) bridges scholarship in psychology with contemporary immigration debates, (2) encourages students to think about the relationship between immigration policy and psychological research on race, ethnicity, and identity, (3) helps students engage in interdisciplinary and critical thinking in issues related to immigration. The course would be in a seminar format with small group discussions, close-readings, and group activities as the dominant forms of interaction in the class. In order to familiarize you with key questions, theoretical debates, and issues within the field, our readings will range across a body of interdisciplinary and critical scholarship, and will include elements from digital media and pop culture.

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Interested students should email David Anderegg for registration by noon (EDT) on May 29, 2020.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
M/Th 1:40PM-5:20PM (1st seven weeks)
Maximum Enrollment: 15
Course Frequency: One time only

Categories: All courses , Psychology
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