Department of Ethnic Studies - College of Letters and Science - University of California, Berkeley

Courses / Graduate

Spring 2018

ETHSTD 250 003 | CCN: 39775

Research Seminar: Selected Issues and Topics--- Immigrant Rights & Activism: From Theory to Practice

W 11:00 am - 1:59 pm This class will be held at the Shorb House: 2547 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94720

4 Units


This interdisciplinary graduate seminar examines immigrant rights activism in theory and practice. Beginning with close readings of key texts in citizenship theory (e.g., by Benhabib, Honig, Boskniak, Carens, etc.), the bulk of the course will focus on analyzing case studies of immigrant rights activism in practice. Types and arenas of activism that will be covered include: immigrant mass mobilization against federal anti-immigrant legislation; queer migrant activism; immigrant family and youth activism; gender and immigrant activism; immigrant labor organizing; and immigrant religious activism. Although the seminar will focus on the United States, we will end the semester by examining examples of migrant rights activism across the globe.