T Th 3:30-5:00, F295 HAAS        Education 186AC | Ethnic Studies 159AC | Geography 159AC

Overview of the Southern Border Course

Walls and deportations in a context of xenophobic rhetoric have focused national and international attention on the southern border of the United States. 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. These forces shape societies and economies, but we will also look at the ways in which peoples and cultures develop and interact. 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 26, 2017
Mid-Term 2 -------- November 2, 2017
Final Exam --------  December 15, 2017 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Mid-terms = 50% of final grade (the exam with the higher grade will be weighted at 30%, and the exam with the lower grade will be weighted at 20%)

Final exam = 40% of final grade

Written assignments – 10% of the 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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The lectures will be accompanied with readings, which can be found in the reader, in bCourses, online, and in the required books. There will be periodic optional readings, with the intention to deepen students’ understanding of the material. Optional readings are marked in this syllabus with an asterisk (**).

Required Books

All books are available at The Cal Student Store (MLK Student Union, 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704)

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Ilaria Giglioli
Email: giglioli@berkeley.edu
Department: Geography
Research interests: borders (US/Mexico and Mediterranean), migration, human rights, coloniality, urbanism, right to water, inequality. For more information: http://geography.berkeley.edu/people/graduate-students/ilaria-giglioli/
Section time: Fridays, 12:00 -1:00 pm and 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Office Hours: Friday 2:00 - 4:00 pm, 187 McCone Hall

Frances Free Ramos
Email: freeramos@berkeley.edu
Department: Graduate School of Education
Research interests: Education reform in a global context; race; class; gender; power and politics
Section time: Mondays, 2:00 - 3:00 pm and Wednesdays 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Office Hours: Thursdays 2:00 - 3:00 pm, 2325 Tolman Hall

Carla Aguilar de la Fuente
Email: carla.aguilarf@berkeley.edu
Department: Development Practice
Research interests: Community organization, citizens movements, Latin America, women's economic and social participation.
Section time: Mondays, 9:00 - 10:00 am
Office Hours: Wednesdays, 12:00 - 2:00 pm, CLAS (2334 Bowditch)

Roberto Ascencio Rojas
Email: roberto_ascencio@berkeley.edu
Department: Environmental Design/City Planning
Research interests: transportation, pedestrian and bicycle-friendly infrastructure
Section time: Mondays, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm and 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Office Hours: Tuesdays 12-2pm, CLAS (2334 Bowditch)

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