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Fall 2014-2015
POL 405 / CHV 406 (SA)   na, npdf

The Ethics of Borders and Migration

Anna B. Stilz

Migration places into sharp relief the question of how to balance the rights of sovereign states and their citizens against the claims of (often-needy) foreigners. Should self-governing peoples be free to set their own migration policies and control their territorial borders without interference? Or ought they instead to be constrained by a "human right to immigrate?" This course will attempt to answer these questions, in part by theorizing foundational issues of self-determination, boundaries, national culture, and membership. We will also take up contemporary debates about guestworkers, irregular migrants, refugees, and brain drain.

Sample reading list:
Joseph Carens, The Ethics of Immigration
Ayelet Shachar, The Birthright Lottery
Philip Cole and Christopher Wellman, Debating the Ethics of Immigration
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
100-150 pages of reading per week; One short paper (2000 words) @ 25%; One long paper (5000 words) @ 50%; Course participation, reading memo, and in-class presentation @ 25%

Papers - 75%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Other Requirements:
Open to Juniors and Seniors Only.

Other information:
This seminar is offered as part of the Values in Public Life Program of the Center for Human Values.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23418 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Marx Hall   101   Enrolled:14 Limit:15