POLT 797C (01) - Seminar in Comparative Politics

Seminar/Comparative Politics

Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2022 - Full Term (01/25/2022 - 05/09/2022)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   13  
CRN: 56617
Advanced analysis focusing on government and politics in foreign nations or regions. Areas of interest may include: constitutional structures, political parties and interest groups, legislatures, bureaucracy, and public policy. Topics address such concerns as religion and politics, patterns of economic development, ethnic strife, and political leadership. Prereq: senior standing. Writing intensive.
Section Comments: Topic: Crime and Migration in the Americas.
Department Approval Required. Contact Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Only listed campus in section: Durham
Classes not allowed in section: Freshman
Attributes: Writing Intensive Course
Instructors: STAFF

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
1/25/2022 5/9/2022 T 3:10pm - 6:00pm HORT 327
Additional Course Details: 

Crime and Migration in the Americas

Mexico's Development Plan Won't Reduce Migration from Central America


In the 21st century, migration patterns in the Americas have changed dramatically. Historically, the decision to migrate tended to rest heavily on economic factors, and the United States typically registered the largest number of migrants from countries like Mexico. Over the past 20 years, these patterns have changed. Migration from Central American countries has increased dramatically, driven primarily by fear of crime and gang violence. The numbers of women, families, and unaccompanied children making the dangerous journey north have also risen sharply and created challenges for U.S. immigration policy.

This course examines migration trends over the past 30 years. Students will study the ways in which crime and violence, particularly at the hands of organized criminal groups, have shaped the politics, economies, and societies of many Latin American countries. Students will analyze how crime and violence have shaped migration trends and assess the ability of U.S. policy to respond to changing migration patterns in the hemisphere.


Wilkinson, Daniel. 2004. Silence on the Mountain: Stories of Terror, Betrayal, and Forgetting in Guatemala. Duke University Press. Danner, Mark. 1994. The Massacre at El Mozote. Vintage. Menjívar, Cecilia. 2000. Fragmented Ties: Salvadoran Immigrant Networks in America. University of California Press.