POLT 797C (01) - Seminar in Comparative Politics

Seminar/Comparative Politics

Credits: 4.0
Term: Fall 2024 - Full Term (08/26/2024 - 12/09/2024)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   15  
CRN: 16197
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.
Cross listed with : POLT 897C.01
Attributes: Writing Intensive Course
Instructors: Mary Fran Malone

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
8/26/2024 12/9/2024 R 3:10pm - 6:00pm HORT 327
Additional Course Details: 

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.



Danner, Mark. 1994. The Massacre at El Mozote. Vintage. Menjívar, Cecilia. 2000. Fragmented Ties: Salvadoran Immigrant Networks in America. University of California Press. Nazario, Sonia. 2014. Enrique’s Journey. New York: Random House. Wilkinson, Daniel. 2004. Silence on the Mountain: Stories of Terror, Betrayal, and Forgetting in Guatemala. Duke University Press.