- Spring 2011-2012
Special Topics in Public Affairs - Muslim Immigration and Integration
Immigration is one of the most important political issues in Western Europe; Muslim immigration seems to pose a particular challenge. This course will take a comparative approach to discuss reactions to Muslim immigration in Western Europe, including the response of right-wing parties. The course will address key questions such as: Which policies are implemented by states to regulate mass immigration and integration? How do natives react to Muslim immigration? How can we explain islamophobic attitudes?
Sample reading list:
Joel S. Fetzer and Christopher Soper,
Muslims and the State in Britain, France and Germany
Veil. Mirrors of Identity
Paul M. Sniderman and Louk Hagendoorn,
When Ways of Life Collide
Muslims in the West after 9/11. Religion, Politics and Law
Islamophobia in the West
Why the French Don't Like Headscarves
Each student will write and present a short paper of three to four pages; the paper will critically engage the issues and readings at hand and relate the topic of the texts to broader political and social issues. A final paper of 10 pages will address a subject related to the topics discussed in class. Other graded assignments: for each assigned text each student will propose two questions for a critical discussion (15%) and in groups, participants will lead class debates (15%).
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Precept Participation - 10%
Other (See Instructor) - 30%
Not Open to Freshmen.
Class number: 42234