Junior Seminar: Immigration and Citizenship in Comparative Perspective

Th 12pm-2pm
749 Barrows
Course Description: 

International migration is reshaping politics, economics, and social relations around the world.  No longer confined to the traditional countries of immigration, people are migrating to new areas across the globe and changing the ethnic composition of many parts of the developed and developing world.  Migrant workers play a significant role in the global economy, fueling many sectors of the economy in the developed world, and serving as sources of foreign exchange for less developed countries.  Many aspects of our own domestic economy could not function without migrant labor. Yet we see a backlash against immigrants. 

This course will examine international migration from a historical and comparative perspective looking at why people migrate, how citizens respond to that migration, and how different states cope with migration domestically and internationally.  The first part of the course looks at the changing relationship between the state, immigrants, and citizenship.  We then turn to case studies.  We will examine four different types of receiving states: a traditional immigrant state, a post-colonial state, a non-traditional immigrant, and a highly industrialized latecomer state.


Subfield: International Relations

NOTE: Students who took PS 138F "Immigrants, Citizenship, and the State" with Professor Gurowitz cannot take this course due to the substantial similarity in course content.


The Junior Seminars are intense writing seminars which focus on the research area of the faculty member teaching the course.   The seminars provide an opportunity for students to have direct intellectual interactions with faculty members while also giving the students an understanding for faculty research.




Political Science Majors of Junior and Senior status (must be 3rd or 4th year students with at least 60 units completed). Priority may be given to students who have not yet taken a junior seminar.

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