World Interdependence – Current Global Issues (Focus on Migration) [CRN 27365]

Discipline: International Education
Instructor: Witte
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 10:40
End: 12:00
Field Work: Day 2 | January 25, 2017 | Japan
Prerequisites: None Download Syllabus

This course will emphasize two themes as the Semester at Sea Voyage moves from port to port. First, we will consider historical and contemporary patterns of migration to the US, particularly focusing on migrants from Japan, China, Vietnam, Myanmar/Burma, India, South Africa, Ghana, Morocco and England.  The class will consider the causes of emigration, as well as the consequences of immigration—for immigrants, as well as American society.  Second, the course will seek to identify differences and similarities between migration to the US and contemporary issues related to migrants and refugees around the world.  Students will consider quantitative measures of the magnitude and impact of migration, as well as qualitative data giving voice to individual migration stories.  Port visits will offer opportunities for students to speak with people around the world about the opportunities and risks associated with global migration.  The primary objectives of the course are to enable individuals to recognize the social and individual factors associated with migration and to consider the costs and benefits of migration from the individual and social levels, including impacts of migration for countries of origin as well as countries of destination.

Field Work

Country: Japan
Day: 2
Date: January 25, 2017

This field class involves two components. 1) In Kobe we will meet with a group of older Japanese men and women and talk with them about friends and relatives they know who emigrated to the United States. We will then use this experience to develop an interview guide that students will use in interviews with residents in other ports. 2) We will meet with representatives of the U.S. Consulate to differences and similarities in the concept of citizenship in the U.S. and Japan, particularly with an eye to the current migration crisis.

Learning Objectives:
1. To understand how personal stories can shed light on immigration to the United States as issues of global significance.
2. To practice interviewing techniques to elicit sociologically relevant narratives.
3. To identify contributing factors and processes associated with migration and immigration and the motivations and consequences of the actions of individuals.