The REM faculty teach various courses that directly and indirectly touch on issues of race, ethnicity, migration and mobility.

2000-level courses

  • Oppression and Injustice – This course examines philosophies developed by oppressed groups on the subject of overcoming injustice, focusing on Black feminist and postcolonial Latin American thought. (Robin Zheng)
  • Introduction to Urban Studies – This course offers students an introduction to the central concerns of the field of urban studies. One of the course themes that deals with REM is colonial urbanism, where students learn about colonial town planning and its legacies, including racial categorization and social class hierarchies. The course also considers rural-urban migration and the rise of global cities. (Yi’En Cheng/Eun Jin Shin)
  • Introduction to Global Affairs – This course teaches students about the structures and networks forged by globalization, including international migration (Nancy Gleason)

3000-level courses

  • International Migration – This multidisciplinary course introduces students to foundational theories and key thinkers within migration studies, while also providing them with case studies of particular migrant types. (Anju Mary Paul)
  • Globalization on the Ground – This course balances an introduction to the key theories of globalization with ethnographic studies of the lived experience of globalization for individuals, communities and countries around the world. (Anju Mary Paul)
  • Equiano’s Slave Narrative: Texts and Contexts – Focusing on Equiano’s Interesting Narrative, we examine both the historical context for this text and the literary genres which have influenced it, and have been influenced by it. (Historical Immersion/Literature course) (Neinke Boer)
  • Afropolitans: Contemporary African Lit and Film – Looking at works of fiction, art, and cultural criticism, this course unpacks the potentially problematic term “Afropolitan” (African Cosmopolitan), troubling certain stereotypes about Africa by studying African cities as global metropoles and African writers as world travelers. (Literature/Arts and Humanities) (Nienke Boer)
  • Youth Urbanisms: Global Trends, Local Perspectives – This course explores the relationship between young people and their urban environments. In one of the weeks, we focus on how race/ethnicity intersect with class to produce spatial segregation among street children and youth. There are also two weeks dedicated to youth migrations and young people’s urban mobilities. (Yi’En Cheng)
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics – This course is an advanced economics course that touches briefly on international migration (Yibei Liu)
  • International Trade – This course is an advanced economics course that touches on questions of race and migration (Yibei Liu)
  • Heretics and Deviants: Writing, Rebellion, and Islam – By showing how the norms of literary expression have changed over time, this course looks at the way important categories in Islamic thought like heresy and sexual normativity are socially constructed rather than fixed and immutable – especially relevant to understanding current tensions in Europe over increased migration from the Islamic world (Gretchen Head)
  • Trauma, Loss, Exile and the Literary Imagination – This course explores the effects that multiple foreign occupations, post-independence authoritarian regimes, and forced displacements have wrought on the literary and cultural production of the Middle East and North Africa – focuses on transnational movement, migration, and minority voices writing from positions of hybridity (Jewish writers working in Arabic/Arab Muslim writers working in Hebrew etc.), questioning both the way we define national literary traditions and national identities (Gretchen Head)
  • GIS and Demographics – Understanding the spatial components of social phenomena is a key area of expertise within the interdisciplinary field of Urban Studies. This module is therefore designed to introduce the concepts of geospatial analysis and demographic analysis. Specifically, the course offers students the opportunity to understand the operational processes of spatial data acquisition, spatial and demographic analysis, and mapping and dynamic visualization. Students will process, assess, and describe core demographic and geospatial datasets, including census data. In addition, students will explore a variety of urban issues, such as racial residential segregation and urban poverty, using two tools: ArcGIS software packages and STATA. (Eun Jin Shin)

4000-level courses

  • Migration Policy – This course introduces students to the key areas of historical and contemporary policy concern in the realm of international migration, from brain drain to refugees to immigrant assimilation. (Anju Mary Paul)
  • Oceanic Frameworks: Shifting Currents in Lit. Studies – This is an advanced Literature course focusing on oceanic studies as a new direction for literature scholars, looking both at human groups crossing oceans (surface) and how the ocean as a space and time allow us to rethink literary frameworks and engage with narratives of climate change (depth). (Neinke Boer)


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