Spring 2015 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
A scholar recently asserted that the U.S.-Mexican border region â€œhas never known a placid year since it emerged from the Mexican War of 1848.â€ In recent decades the border has acquired a reputation as a hotbed of diplomatic tension and, especially, unlawful activity, such as illegal migration, drug trafficking, prostitution, and official corruption. Through a combination of lectures, selected readings, class discussions, and films (documentary and fictional drama) we will explore this regionâ€™s evolution from a dangerous and dreary colonial backwater to a dynamic, thriving, yet still perplexing international conduit, all the while focusing on the role of borderlanders themselves in shaping the region and its destiny. Although primarily concerned with the United States' southern border, this course will also examine dynamics along the northern border in order to supplement our understanding of how borders are constructed, how they acquire legitimacy, and how they impact the communities that call these regions home.
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