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John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Course Prefix: GOV                                     Course Number: 244                                    
Course Title: The Politics of Immigration
Subject: Government
Minimum Credits: 3.0                                     Maximum Credits: 3.0                                     Hours per week: 3.0


Debates over immigration in the United States are often heated and contentious. After taking this course, students will understand the full range of positions in these debates, and will be able to develop and clearly articulate their own position on contemporary immigration politics. Students will learn essential terms used in migration studies, explore historical political debates over immigration, and analyze the contemporary politics of immigration in the United States, including debates over border militarization, unauthorized (?illegal?) immigration, amnesty, employer sanctions, sanctuary cities, guest worker programs, the shifting balance of power between federal, state, and local governments; and immigration law and policy. Students will read a variety of scholarly and popular texts, as well as key Supreme Court decisions.

Prerequisite: ENG 102 or ENG 201, and GOV 101 or permission of instructor.
Start Date:    12/11/2009                         End Date:    04/30/2010