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.
Mid-Term 1 -------- September 29, 2015
Mid-Term 2 -------- October 27, 2015
Final Exam -------- December 16, 2015 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Mid-terms = 60% of final grade
Final exam = 40% of final grade
THERE WILL BE NO MAKE-UP EXAMS
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)
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.
All books are available at The Student Store (2480 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704)
- O'Neil, Shannon, Two Nations Indivisible: Mexico, The United States, and The Road Ahead, (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013).
- Lagos, Ricardo, The Southern Tiger: Chile's Fight for a Democratic and Prosperous Future, (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2012).
- Manz, Beatriz. Paradise in Ashes: A Guatemalan Journey of Courage, Terror, and Hope. (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003).
- Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies. Center for Latin American Studies. Spring 2015. Available online at http://clas.berkeley.edu or hard copy at the Center for Latin American Studies: 2334 Bowditch Street, Berkeley, CA 94720. $10 donation requested.
- Course reader available at Copy Central, 2576 Bancroft Way.
Brittany Bilderbeck Arsiniega:
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:
Research interests: Education reform in a global context; race, class, gender, power and politics
Section time: Th 12-1p
Office Hours: TBD
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:
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
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