Course description: What is a nation, and who belongs in it/to it? How does human mobility affect development on the levels of labor, policy, culture and society? This course will explore the concepts of nation and citizenship by examining how different societies throughout the world deal with the question of including or excluding the “other”. This examination will then expand to focus on questions of human mobility and development issues. It will look at the presence of both foreign others (immigrants, refugees and exiles) and domestic others (minority ethnicities and internal migrants, for example) in different nations, and how different approaches are used to include or exclude non- or marginalized citizens. We will examine these issues starting from a historical perspective and trace developments to the present day, using themes relating to selected countries from a variety of continents and regions
1. Introduction to the course: What is a nation? Who is a citizen? The history of both concepts. Discussion of the issues surrounding citizenship and immigration in the students’ countries of origin.
2. The Imagined Community: The nation-state versus the concept of ethnic nationalism.
3. The Industrial Revolution and the age of mass migration. The first (?) age of globalization.
4. Colonialism, imperialism and racism: Historical and contemporary push/pull factors and exclusion policies
5. Immigration and development: The key issues
6. Presentation and discussion: Research paper proposals
7. Indigenous people and natural resources. Case study #1: Nigeria
8. Internal Migration . Case study #2: China
9. South-North migration and the demographic question. Case study #3: Australia, Japan
10. South-South migration. Case study #4: South Africa
11. Migration as a Livelihood Strategy. Case study #5: Philippines
12. Return migration and the migration circle. Case study #6: Philippines
13.Refugees, forced migrants and human trafficking. Case study #7: The European Union
14. Migration and the environment: A new area of concern. Case study #8: The Pacific islands
15. Course review and dsicussion of research papers.
Presentation on research proposal: 20% Research paper: 50%
Participation in class discussions, attendance and preparedness: 30%