Collaborative Graduate Program in Migration and Ethnic Relations

Courses 2016-2017

The following courses can be taken to meet the course requirements of the program. Required courses are MER 9000 plus a total of two half courses from the list below: One half course from your home program, and one half course from an outside program. To register for a MER approved course outside of your home program please contact the course instructor for approval, complete and sign the Request Form, and return the form to your home program’s graduate assistant for course enrollment. Contact departments or instructors for further course details.

MER 9000 - Colloquium Series in Migration and Ethnic Relations

Credited or Non-credited requirement (as determined by home department).
M. Cleveland, Full Year  SSC 5220  Thursdays "roughly bi-weekly", 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Associated faculty, students, and guest speakers present their research. There will be at least ten colloquia per year, with some of the talks involving attendance at specific occasions in series organized by other groups. Besides the colloquia in which research is presented, there will be other scheduled meetings in which students will discuss professional issues, opportunities for collaboration, and other topics.

Program Courses

Anthropology 9213B - Displacement and Diasporas
R. Farah, Winter Term     Thursdays 11:30am-2:30pm, SSC 3227
This course looks at different cases of displacement and its diverse impact on communities, including refugees, the internally displaced and diasporic people - categories and definitions that are critically examined. The course also looks at the relationship between humanitarian aid organizations and refugees; life in camps as spaces delineated for those displaced; and, the process of becoming refugees.

Anthropology 9216B - Language and Identity
K. Pennesi, Winter Term     Mondays 12:30pm 3:30pm, SSC 3227
The course will examine the sociocultural construction of identity through linguistic practices and linguistic features. We will explore how individuals and groups are marked as certain kinds of people by the way they speak in a given context and how speakers use language in different ways to accomplish particular kinds of interactional goals. We may also look at how media and political discourses construct identities and relations among social groups.

Geography 9106B - Development Geography
C. Hunsberger, Winter Term Thursdays 13:00-16:00 p.m. Room SSC 2322E
In this course we will wrestle with the historical context, key political economic processes and institutions, and conflicting theories that fall under the rubric of development and its modern sister, globalization. In addition, we will see that ‘thinking geographically’ about development involves understanding how the meaning of places and regions are socially constructed, and how theoretical and conceptual frameworks about development have been debated. We aim to be sensitive to regional differences based on historical experiences and geographical particularities, but give attention to overarching themes and dominant political economic processes.

Geography 9109B – Geography of Migration
B. Dodson, Winter Term     Wednesdays 13:00 -16:00 p.m. Room SSC 2322E
Trends, patterns and processes of migration, drawing from diverse theoretical perspectives to examine migration flows in a number of international contexts. Particular attention is paid to the development impacts of migration as well as to emerging transnational migrant practices.

Geography 9518 - Advanced Cultural Geography- A Cultural Politics of Space
J. Hopkins, Winter Term     Thursdays 9:30am-11:30am
The course examines the production, practices and interpretations of culture, the major cultural markers of identity - e.g., class, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, nationality, body - and the roles of space and power therein. The primary goal is to encourage the students to develop, question, critique and apply these concepts and this literature to his or her research interests.  

History 9307A - Early America & the Atlantic World, 1600-1820
N. Rhoden, Fall Term     Mondays 9:30am-11:30am, LwH 2270C
This graduate course on early American history examines the settlement of the mainland British colonies of North America in the 1600s and 1700s, their development in the context of a British Atlantic world, the American Revolution, and the formation of the early U.S. republic. Particular attention is paid to understanding the character and diversity of British colonialism and the formation of the United States through comparisons with other New World empires as well as the rich context of the multi-national, multi-ethnic Atlantic World. .

Political Science 9751B - Transitional Justice
J. Quinn, Winter Term
The twentieth century gave rise to some of the bloodiest massacres in history. It also saw the development and implementation of instruments to deal with these crimes. Yet there is still substantial debate and even disagreement about the efficacy and appropriateness of the kinds of mechanisms that have come into being, and about the particular results that each has been able to achieve. This course aims to critically examine three broad categories, around which the course is structured: retributive justice; restorative justice; and restitutive justice. The course will focus on the conceptual frameworks and approaches, as well as both historical and contemporary uses of each. Use of selected case studies and a variety of examples will be considered.

Sociology 9331A - Death, Fertility, and Migration: Demographic Analysis of Social Change
R. Margolis, Fall Term     Wednesdays 1:30pm-4:30pm, SSC 5428
Introduces students to the concepts and tools used by demographers to study the size, structure, and dynamics of human populations. It covers the collection, evaluation, and analysis of demographic data, census and vital registration systems, basic measures of mortality, fertility, and migration, life table construction, and population projections. 

Sociology 9373A – Migration
T. Abada, Fall Term     Wednesdays 9:30am-12:30pm, SSC 5427
Determinants and consequences of internal and international migration are studied.  Theory and methods, as well as demographic and socio-economic issues related to both types of migration, are discussed.

Sociology 9375B Immigration Policy Development and Evaluation Strategies
M. Haan,  Winter Term     Mondays 9:30-12:30pm, SSC 5406
This course will provide an overview of Canadian immigration policies, and the many changes that have occurred to these policies in recent history. Students will learn about the admission system for permanent residents, and the many different types of temporary statuses that individuals use to enter Canada. We will also investigate how these policies were developed, and some of the techniques and strategies that can be used to evaluate the effectiveness of Canada’s immigration system.