Special Topic: Migration in the Americas


This course will examine migration in the Americas by exploring the responses of local communities and peoples in Central and South America to economic instability, climate change and international pressures both within and outside of the region. We will discuss the role of global power (and super power) throughout the Americas, the connections between historic European and US action and contemporary migration, and the ways these intersect with issues such as indigenous rights, self-governance and environmental activism.

GLOBAL 251 especially engages with the roles of indigenous communities in understanding migration, nationalism and questions of borders, identity and citizenship within the context of Latin America. Through research and reflection, students will be challenged to think creatively about what governance and nationhood means to various actors within the multi-ethnic, multi-language context of Latin America, and to apply this understanding to the questions of chosen and forced migration.

Learning outcomes:

  • Further develop critical thinking in the field of Global Studies through regional analysis
  • Gain a more in depth knowledge of the history of migration in Latin America
  • Increased ability to apply theoretical lenses to understanding real world processes
  • Build on and further develop skills in written communication
  • Build on and further develop skills in collaborative and independent research

Availability 2021

Semester 1


Lecturer(s) Dr Callie Vandewiele


GLOBAL 351: 15.0 points


60 points at Stage II in Global Studies



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