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    Goucher College
  Nov 22, 2017
Goucher College 2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalogue
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CPEB 202 - Give me your tired, your poor…In search of citizenship: The immigrant experience (4 Cr.)

The current debates over immigration inform the stories about ourselves as a people and the evolution of our identity as Americans and/or as citizens of other countries. In this course we will work collaboratively to explore the myriad facets of the immigrant experience using a case study approach. We begin by looking at historical immigration trends in Baltimore among three groups - Germans, Irish, and Jews. Then we will study historical perspectives and debates on immigration to the United States, the meaning of citizenship, and the rights of non-citizens. We will compare the U.S. immigration experience and citizenship approaches with three different countries, representing different regions: Canada, Germany, and Israel. During the course of the semester you will work in pairs as well as small groups and collaborate on oral history projects based on interviews with recent immigrants. Additional group projects will include students debates on citizenship and the relationship between identity and citizenship as well as the development of policy papers to weigh the options for admitting immigrants and granting citizenship.The current debate over immigration, both in the United States and in Europe, provides the framework for this CPE. The debate engages diverse voices, different agendas, and conflicting policies. This is the starting point for our study of immigration, citizenship, and identity. We will be guided by a series of questions and problems in our search for answers and solutions and consider multidisciplinary approaches. This CPE combines the disciplines of political science, media studies, cross-cultural studies, and history to study immigration. The source materials on immigration are rich, diverse, and varied and we will take advantage of myriad books, films, archives, documents, photographs, and on-line exhibits. Ellis Island, a powerful  symbol of the American immigrant experience, has an extensive website which we will use in and out of class.  Its on-line library, oral histories, and documentary films can be found at Restricted to first-year and sophomore students or others with instructor permission. Honick and Larkey.   

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