The Southern Border

The Mexico-U.S. border in the city of Nogales. (Photo by elnogalense.)
The Mexico-U.S. border in the city of Nogales. (Photo by elnogalense.)

The Southern Border, Fall 2019

with Professor Harley Shaiken

(Education 186AC, Ethnic Studies 159AC, Geography 159AC)

The wall, deportations, and xenophobic rhetoric have focused national and international attention on the southern border of the United States. Stretching from California to Florida, the border is a cultural mosaic, a zone that brings together diverse cultural identities and experiences from the North and the South. It is also a place where one can see larger social, economic, and political processes at work on both sides of the boundary. In this course, we will examine these larger forces and their impact in the context of globalization in general and Latin America and the U.S. in particular.

This course critically engages issues of race, ethnicity, culture, immigration, in the context of globalization and geopolitics. Using the U.S. southern border as a point of departure, we will view these issues from a historical perspective to provide a context for a contemporary frame of reference. The aim is to provide students a deeper engagement and understanding of an evolving multicultural American society, looking at the forces that bring us together and those that divide us; the factors propelling globalization and the policy options to ensure that people and communities benefit from the process; and the role of geography and education in shaping a new international division of labor. 

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30 – 5:00 pm
Valley Life Sciences Building 2050