POL 380 - Seminar in Global Politics
Prerequisite: Normally POL 105 or instructor consent, though prerequisite may vary with topic. Open to majors and non-majors of all classes. Meets the global politics field requirement in the politics major. Examination of selected topics dealing with international and comparative politics. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.
Winter 2020, POL 380A-01: Seminar in Global Politics: Immigration Attitudes (3). Prerequisite: POL 105 or instructor consent. An examination of immigration attitudes in Europe, the United States, and Latin America. When and why do individuals choose to migrate to a different country? How do natives of the receiving country react to immigration and form preferences on the issue depending on their socio-economic and political context? The study of immigration has received a lot of attention in recent times as a consequence of the increased political salience of the topic. We examine the different factors that determine immigration attitudes in European countries and the United States, as well as the transportability of these explanatory factors to other regions of the world, such as Latin America. Immigration has become a pressing issue in this region, as the flow of people to countries outside the region has reduced since the 2000s while immigration across Latin American countries has increased. (SS2) Ponce de Leon.
Fall 2019, POL 380B-01: Seminar in Global Politics: The Architecture of Urban Community (3). Prerequisite: A 100-level course in politics or instructor consent. An investigation of the literal and social architecture of democratic community in cities in Italy, South Africa, Japan, and the United States. The seminar examines how the physical spaces of urban life support or constrain the civic relationships of residents of varying backgrounds and unequal socioeconomic positions. We also consider the ways in which political and economic power structures shape citizens’ opportunities for creative community building and self-determination, and we address issues of poverty, exclusion, and environmental constraints. (SS2) LeBlanc.
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