T Th 8-9:30, 245 Li Ka Shing       Education 186AC | Ethnic Studies 159AC | Geography 159AC

Overview of the Southern Border Course

The southern border of the United States, stretching from California to Florida, is a cultural mosaic, a zone that brings together diverse 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 use the border as a point of departure to explore the relationship between the United States, Mexico, and countries of the Caribbean and South America. After putting this relationship in its historical context, we will look critically at key contemporary issues each of these countries face including immigration, free trade, climate change,security, and emerging cultural and political identities.

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Mid-Term 1 -------- September 29, 2015
Mid-Term 2 -------- November 3, 2015
Final Exam --------  December 16, 2015 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Mid-terms = 60% of final grade

Final exam = 40% of final grade


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Mailing Lists

There are three sources from which students will receive course updates and additional materials related to course content.

bCourses (required and automatic):

Your subscription is automatic. You can access a listing of Required Southern Border announcements via bCourses. Through bCourses, Professor Shaiken will communicate new required readings, course logistics, and miscellaneous announcements.

Center for Latin American Studies Facebook Page (optional and highly encouraged)

CLAS Face Book Page

All students are highly encouraged to “like” the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) Facebook Page. When you “like” the page, CLAS posts will be included in your Facebook newsfeed. Through Facebook, Professor Shaiken will alert students to media material and events on campus that reflect course content.

The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) event mailing list:

This list is not required, although students are encouraged to sign up if they are interested in learning more about CLAS events on campus. To subscribe: Go to http://clas.berkeley.edu/clas-email-updates. Enter your email address, and other information if you desire.

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Required Books

All books are available at The Student Store (2480 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704)

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Brittany Bilderbeck Arsiniega:
Email: arsiniega@berkeley.edu
Department: Jurispurdence & Social Policy
Research interests: criminology and race; policing; sustainable enterprise; innovative food and alcohol laws
Section time: Tu 1-2p; W 2-3p
Office Hours: M 11:30 - 12:30, Cafe Zeb (inside law school)

Frances Free Ramos:
Email: freeramos@berkeley.edu
Department: Education
Research interests: Education reform in a global context; race, class, gender, power and politics
Section time: Th 12-1p
Office Hours: Tu 10-11a, 2325 Tolman Hall

Kim Tran:
Email: ktran@berkeley.edu
Department: Ethnic Studies, Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies
Research interests: Transnational feminist theory, queer of color critique, neoliberal critique, comparative ethnic studies
Section time: M 9-10a, 1-2p
Office Hours: M 12-1p, 591 Barrows


Helke Enkerlin Madero:
Email: helke@berkeley.edu
Department: Public Policy
Research interests: Policy evaluation, poverty alleviation, social policy and local governance
Section time: M 2-3p, W 8-9a
Office Hours: W 1-2p Goldman School of Public Policy living room

Ricardo Rodriguez:
Email: ricardo.rodriguez@berkeley.edu
Department: Development Practice
Research interests: local development, poverty alleviation, indigenous people and social impact
Section time: Tu 10-11a, Th 10-11a
Office Hours: W 12-1p, 211 Wellman

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