Undocumented Migration

HON 498 – Dr. Carina Bandhauer

Modes of Inquiry: Textual Analysis, Historical, Social and Cultural Analysis, Scientific and Mathematical Analysis, Artistic Creation and Analysis

Course Description:

This course explores the legacy, causes, experiences and impacts of undocumented immigration from a socio-historical and global perspective. Students will explore the rise and growth of international migrations as they parallel the development of the capitalistic world-system and how they grow increasingly predictable as a result of the rise of neoliberal capitalism and are further agitated by climate change. Relatedly, the course examines the transformation and formalization of laws regulating human migration, the development of citizenship and related legal regulatory systems, including the rise and militarization of borders. Students will explore the lived experiences of undocumented peoples at subject and family levels, as well as the impacts on sending and receiving communities. Further the course assesses resistance to undocumented populations, including racist nativism, the international rise of anti-immigrant movements, and the hostile targeting of undocumented people. To complement this, the course examines the rise of immigrant rights movements.