Child and Youth Migration: In Between Cultures (DRA2166.01)

Burcu Seyben

Today, millions of children and young people are forced to leave their homeland, or want to move to other countries for a variety of reasons. This course will focus on the experience of these children and young people who cross borders due to war, conflict, pursuit of education, new discoveries, jobs, family, or human trafficking. The course will explore how children and young people move in between countries and cultures. Are their journeys voluntary or forced, legal or illegal? How do they adapt to change? This course will be conducted parallel to Jean Randich’s Metamorphoses: Devising Multicultural Theater, allowing the two groups to meet jointly to share knowledge, process, and discoveries. Themes of love, gender, sexuality, class, metamorphosis, obstacles, violation, violence, and imagination will be explored along with resilience, perseverance, and the power of art. Students will respond to a number of plays, novels and films whose specific focus is child and youth migration. We will also cover basic sociological texts on the subject. Students will write a paper and do a project.

Prerequisites: None.
Credits: 4
T 10:00am - 11:50am; F 10:00am - 11:50am
Maximum Enrollment: 14
This course is categorized as All courses, 2000, Drama, Four Credit, Tuesday and/or Friday Mornings, Areas of Study, Burcu Seyben.