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2019 Fall Term

3 Units [GH]

History 255

This course examines new historical themes each semester with an expert in the field. In a small seminar setting, classes will focus on discussion of a variety of different kinds of historical sources and provide the opportunity for students to carry out their research project on the topic.

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Section Details Meeting Details & Topic Instructor Syllabus
01-DIS 2558
3 Units [GH]
09/03 - 12/13 (1) TuTh 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Nengher Vang
This course seeks to provide students with the historical context for understanding current debates over immigration reform, integration, and citizenship. In doing so, it will examine the creation and development of immigration policy, the role that immigration law has played in defining the United States as a nation (i.e., a nation of immigrants or a gate-keeping nation), the ways by which immigration law has been informed by cultural attitudes and ideologies. Salient issues in political discourse such as xenophobia, deportation policy, and border policing will be examined. The course will also look at how seemingly natural features of American life, such as passports, visas, green cards, national borders, and the notion of 'legal' versus 'illegal' have been created over time. To this end, we will pay particular attention to how race, labor, gender, class, and sexuality have factored into the creation of immigration laws.

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