Collaborative Graduate Program in Migration and Ethnic Relations

Courses 2017-2018

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. - 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 9225A - Special Topics in Anthropology: The Faces and Phases of Nations and Nationalisms
R. Farah, Fall Term     Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., 
Course description to follow.

Anthropology 9224B - Advanced Refugee and Migrant Studies: Risky Passages and Restrictive Borders - Refugees and the Contemporary Challenges
R. Farah,  Winter Term     Tuesdays 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.   Cross listed with Anthropology 3389G

Course description to follow.

Geography 9106B - Development Geography
C. Hunsberger, Winter Term  Thursdays 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 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 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 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
J. Hopkins, Winter Term     Thursdays 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

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.  

Hispanic Studies SP 9651  - Migration and Ethnic Relations in Colonial Latin American Art (ca. 1520-1810)
A. Robin, Fall Term    Wednesdays 3:30 p.m. -6:30 p.m.
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to Colonial/Viceregal Latin American art (ca. 1520-1810) through the perspective of contact, migration and ethnic relations.  Beginning with the Conquest of America by the Spaniard and Portuguese, America received outside influence that had a major impact on artistic creations.  Not only did European artist come to work in America, but there was an on-going artistic commerce between the metropolis and the colonies.  Patrons, religious or secular, also came with their own cultural background.  Prints, books and ideas also circulated widely.  The artistic influence was not, however going in a one way direction.  Moreover, the indigenous presence is something that gave Latin American Viceregal art a unique touch, but also the Asian and African influences must be taken into account.  All of those traditions somehow met in Latin America and gave birth to unique artistic creations.  Some topics that will be considered through reading and discussing of selected texts: the encounters, race and ethnic relations as an artistic topic, early collecting, the artists behind the works of art, patronage, devotion to images of Christ and the Virgin, gender issues, the materiality of artwork, Asian and African influences.

History 9307A - Early America & the Atlantic World, 1600-1820
Shire, Winter Term  Tues 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., LwH 2270C
Members of this seminar will read and discuss recent literature on the history of settler colonialism in North America (and some comparative studies).  Settler colonies like the U.S., Canada and other British dominions are societies in which white European men and women invaded a place in order to settle there permanently, and used  political, legal, cultural, and economic structures to transform it into their space, turning  into its "natives".  New gender norms and racial hierarchies arose from white settler colonial methods of taking land and extracting labour themselves.

History 9831B - Killing Fields: A Global History of Mass Violence
Schumacher, Winter Term Friday 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
This seminar explores the causes, cases, contours, and consequences of mass violence in modern history. The course draws on theoretical perspectives from anthropology, history, sociology, law, political science, social psychology, and philosophy to develop a coherent analytical matrix for understanding mass violence.  We will discuss conceptual frameworks and apply to them a number of case studies including the Armenian genocide, the Holocaust and genocides in Cambodia and Rwanda.  We will study victims and perpetrators, analyze the role of gender, examine, rescue, resistance, intervention and prevention, and discuss the  functions of social memory to post-conflict justice.

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 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., 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 9:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m., 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 a.m.-12:00 p.m. , 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.