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Overview of the Southern Border Course

Walls and deportations in a context of often xenophobic rhetoric have focused national and international attention on the southern border of the United States. This border, 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. These issues include immigration, free trade, climate change, security, and politics as well as music, art, literature and new cultural and political identities.

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Mid-Term 1 -------- September 22, 2016
Mid-Term 2 -------- November 1, 2016
Final Exam --------  December 13, 2016 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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: criminal law; sociology; immigration
Section time: 109: Wednesday 2-3
Office Hours: Tuesdays from 10:30-12:30 pm in the Center for Latin American Studies (by appointment - click here).

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: 102: Friday 11-12 pm; 106: Friday 10-11 am
Office Hours: Tuesdays at 3:40-4:40 pm and Thurs 1-2 pm in 2325 Tolman Hall.

Paloma Corcuera:
Email: pcorcuera@berkeley.edu
Department: Goldman School of Public Policy
Research interests: Economic and social inequality; migration causes and effects; United States and Mexico political and economic relations
Section time: 105: Wednesday 3-4 pm; 101: Monday 2-3 pm
Office Hours: Tuesdays 11 am - 1 pm in the patio of VLSB

Santiago Mendez:
Email: santiagom@berkeley.edu
Department: Goldman School of Public Policy
Research interests: Human and civil rights; democratic institution building; development economics in Central America and Mexico
Section time: 108: Monday 1-2 pm
Office Hours: Office Hours: Tuesdays 8-10 am in the Goldman School of Public Policy Living Room.


Ana Sofia Tamborrel Signoret:
Email: atamborrel@berkeley.edu
Department: Development Practice
Research interests: Mexican migration policy; development policies in southern Mexico and Central America; the incorporation of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for development in Latin America
Section time: 104: Thursday 12-1 pm; 110: Monday 4-5 pm
Office Hours: Tuesdays 12-1 pm and Thursdays 1-2 pm, both in the Valley Life Sciences Building courtyard.

Cristobal Madero:
Email: cristobalsj@berkeley.edu
Department: Graduate School of Education
Research interests: Sociology of education; neoliberalism and education; teachers’ professionalism; organizational behavior
Section time: 103: Monday 9-10 am
Office Hours: Mondays 8 am to 9 am, and then from 10 am to 11 am the same day in Tolman Hall, office 3627.

Silvia Laserna:
Email: slaserna@berkeley.edu
Department: Development Practice
Research interests: Colombian history; politics; sexuality; indigenous culture and community; developing economic alternatives for loggers in the Brazilian Amazon
Section time: 111: Monday 4-5 pm; 107: Wednesday 8-9 am
Office Hours: Wednesday 9-10 am at Common Grounds Cafe on Dwinelle and Thursday 1-2pm in the courtyard of VLSB.

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