The Craft of Writing
R1B 001 | Session D | CCN: 14292
Location: Dwinelle 209
Date / Time: Tu/We/Th 10:00am - 12:29pm
This course will explore the ideological foundations of migration discourses through cases of temporary migration, in which return is planned and often required. What notions of time, aspiration, commitment, risk, and worth are activated in discussions of temporary migration? How do such abstractions shape the experiences of migrants from departure to return? In what ways do such fundamental values seem to shift depending on the classification of migrants, for example domestic workers or international students, in question? Examining specific cases, we will consider a range of ways that individuals have understood and articulated their experiences. We will take a global approach, drawing on examples both within and outside the U.S. context.
This course extends the reading and writing skills developed in R1A and introduces research techniques. Our texts will emphasize the voices of migrants alongside institutional and political rhetoric. We will situate these perspectives in relation to existing academic literature to understand how scholars from various disciplines approach the study of temporary migration. We will then practice formulating and supporting original arguments with research that combines primary and scholarly sources. The skills learned throughout the course will enable you to construct an argument that contributes to an ongoing academic conversation on migration.