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ENRICH-0049 – Soc Sci: Immigration Debates (ENRICH-0049_IMMI)

Immigration: Evidence-Based Conversations on Current Debates

One of the defining issues of the 2016 U.S. election, immigration will likely remain prominent in the national dialogue for the foreseeable future. However, in the U.S. and around the world, the movement by people between countries for temporary or permanent settlement remains poorly understood, and public opinion on the topic is commonly guided by preconceptions and political rhetoric. In fact, some would argue that immigration is perhaps the policy area where there exists the greatest gap between research-based evidence and public opinion. Join sociologist María Islas-López in a series of evidence-based conversations around immigration-related issues. Utilizing available data and research findings, the class examines topics commonly heard in current immigration debates in the U.S., such as the classifying of people into migrant categories (refugees, undocumented migrants, asylum seekers, etc.); means of movement control such as border walls; and the effects of in- and out-migration in communities on both sides of the border. Also, discuss case studies from around the world and hear first-hand experiences from migrants and practitioners, including prominent Denver immigration attorney Hans Meyer, who speaks to both the legal and personal implications for immigrants in class three. What are the real consequences for people in their everyday lives? Come away with a deeper understanding of immigration as a social phenomenon, as well as a basis for identifying legitimate evidence and information in current debates.

Four sessions
Thur., 6:30-8:30 pm, Nov. 9, 16, 30, Dec. 7, 2017
Location: Room 379, Sturm Hall, DU campus

María Islas-López is a faculty fellow at DU’s Interdisciplinary Research Incubator for the Study of (In)Equality (IRISE). Mexico-raised and educated both in Mexico and the United States, her work explores the experiences of immigrant communities, particularly in the areas of wellbeing and health equity. She is currently collaborating with other DU faculty in projects that address disparities in mental health care for immigrant youth and their families.
Course Details
Location: DU Main CampusMode of Study: In-personPlaces Left: 35Waitlist Places Left: 10Fee: $175


Days of the WeekStart DateEnd DateTimeVenueInstructor
Thursday9th November 201716th November 201706:30PM - 08:30PMSturm HallMaria Islas-Lopez
Thursday30th November 20177th December 201706:30PM - 08:30PMSturm HallMaria Islas-Lopez