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Spring 2018-2019
* POL 334 / SOC 333 / LAO 334 (SA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Immigration Politics and Policymaking in the U.S.

Ali A. Valenzuela

Founded and built by immigrants, the U.S. has a complicated relationship with newcomers. How have politics shaped U.S. immigration policy and the policymaking process? How and why do changing demographics affect the public's views about immigrants? What role do cultural concerns play? Do immigrants conform to nativist fears? How do members of Congress vote on immigration policy, and do they follow their constituents' preferences? How is immigration used in elections; with what consequences? We will tackle these and other questions about immigration by examining published research and applying it to on-going policy debates.

Sample reading list:
Abrajano, Marisa and Zoltan L. Hajnal, White Blacklash: Immigration, Race, and American Politics
Various others,
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
60-80 pages of reading per week, mainly from academic texts and published research articles; 1 take-home written midterm essay (4-5 pp); 1 final paper due on Dean's Date comparing a unique pair of Congressional districts (see "other information"); 1 timed take-home final essay exam.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 20%
Take Home Final Exam - 30%
Term Paper(s) - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%
Other (See Instructor) - 10%

Other Requirements:
Community-Engaged Learning Component Required

Other information:
In the second half of the semester, students will work on a final project comparing and contrasting two members of the U.S. House of Representatives, including the demographics, economics and interest-group pressures within their districts, and how these characteristics relate to the members' policymaking efforts and campaign strategies on the issue of immigration.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41343 L01 03:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M W        Enrolled:61 Limit:
41344 P99 TBA        Enrolled:61 Limit: