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POL 3220 Migration, Globalization and Social Change


CEA Partner Institution: Veritas University
Location: San José, Costa Rica
Primary Subject Area: Political Science
Instruction in: English
Course Details: Level 300
Recommended Semester Credits: 3
Contact Hours: 48


This course introduces participants to theories and practices of international human migrations as a phenomena that has been present throughout history, but that has taken on special emphasis in today's world, with human ramifications, and strong effects being produced on societies on both ends of the problem: nations from which peoples are leaving and those that are targeted by the migrants. The phenomena is reviewed on several of its most prominent manifestations: forced migrations, voluntary migrations or internal displacements of groupings of people, and the motivational underpinnings that provoke them to embark on such drastic actions as the uprooting of home and families in pursuit of perceived better life opportunities. Migration is perceived by peoples in despair as an alternative to social, political and/or economic conditions that weigh heavily on them, even when factoring in risks of security and adaptation to cultures unknown. Within these, will be analyzed issues of return migrations, effects of remittances, formation of diaspora communities and the myriad of problems brought about by cultural adaptations and assimilation.

The course will cover the theoretical foundations for analysis and understanding of emerging issues brought about by intense migration movements across the globe, and the consequent effects that these have on the host societies, the incoming groups and societies left behind by migratory groups. Participants will take part in the analysis of new identities and cultural manifestations that emerge from these occurrences, and the some of the main problems of misunderstandings and adaptations that are necessary in order to reach accommodations that allow for the valuable and peaceful coexistence that eventually leads to an enrichment of the life experience of all groups of peoples involved.
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