Fall 2000

Justice Studies 350: Immigration and Justice


Instructor  Dr. Cecilia Menjívar                                  Office: Wilson Hall 324

Office Hours: M W 10:40-12 noon & by appt.                         Phone: 965-7631

                                                                        e-mail: menjivar@asu.edu                                           


This course will focus on contemporary issues of U.S. immigration. It will include discussions about the origins and destination of (past and present) immigrants, conditions under which immigration takes place, politics of admission and immigration policy, undocumented immigrants and refugees, the labor force participation of immigrants, gender, family, and the children of immigrants. These materials will be conveyed through academic readings, films, and immigrants’ personal accounts.


Course Outline and Reading Assignments. All students are expected to come to class prepared to participate in class discussion. Doing the readings assigned for a particular class before that class period will help in class participation, but more importantly, it will result in a better performance overall. Failure to do the assigned readings before class will hinder comprehension of lecture materials and impede participation in group and other classroom discussions, which in turn, will seriously affect your overall grade.


Week 1. 8/21. Introduction and Theories and types of immigrants. (Portes & Rumbaut, Ch. 1. and Menjívar Ch. 2.)


Week 2. 8/28. Cont. with theories and types of immigrants.


Week 3. 9/4. Patterns of Settlement Past and Present. (Portes & Rumbaut, Ch. 2; Menjívar Ch.3)


Week 4. 9/11. Immigration Law & citizenship (Portes & Rumbaut, Ch. 4.)


Week 5. 9/18. Undocumented immigration (Passel and Gozdziak.)


Week 6. 9/25. Cont. Undocumented Immigration and Exam 1 (9/27)


Week 7. 10/2  Refugee migration. (Menjívar Ch. 4)


Week 8. 10/9. Economic Integration. (Portes & Rumbaut,Ch. 3; Cont. Menjívar Ch.4)


Week 9. 10/16. Social Networks and Family. (Menjívar Ch. 5)


Week 10. 10/23. Gender and immigration. (Menjívar Ch.6; Lim; Hondagneu-Sotelo and Avila.) Paper 1 due (either day).


Week 11. 10/30. Intergenerational Relations and Children. (Portes and Rumbaut, Ch. 7; Menjívar Ch. 7; Hondagneu-Sotelo and Avila.)


Week 12. 11/6. Language acquisition. (Portes & Rumbaut, Ch. 6.)


Week 13. 11/13. Inter-ethnic relations (Bach and Mollenkopf.)


Week 14. 11/20. Immigration Policy (Calavita)


 Week 15. 11/27 Class Presentations and Papers due (either day). 


Week 16. 12/4. Exam 2


Attendance: Class attendance is mandatory. Absences will result in point penalties. Attendance will be taken on a regular, yet, unannounced basis. And as you will see in the section below, regular attendance will be reflected in your overall grade.



2 Exams (including final)                20% each for a total of 40% of overall grade.

2 papers                                   20% each for a total of 40% of overall grade.

In-class activities                        10% of overall grade.

Attendance                               10% of overall grade.


Exams: There will be no make-up exams or incompletes unless there is a documented medical emergency (see the instructor for what “documented” means).


Final exam: Technically, there is no final exam, only a second exam on the last day of classes (12/4). However, the class will meet on the day that the final exam is scheduled for this class.


1st paper (due: 10/23 or 10/25) (Approximately 5 pages, due on or before the last class period.) This assignment is to be undertaken individually, and specific instructions will be provided with ample time in advance.


2nd paper (due on or before the day the final exam is scheduled.) This assignment can be undertaken individually or in groups of up to four people. Group projects are encouraged, but individual projects are acceptable. Students working in groups will all receive the same grade. Remember, the earlier the projects get started, the better the final product will be.


In-class group activities: There will be several of these, and they will be based on the materials covered in class and in the readings. They will be spread throughout the semester, on unannounced basis.


Code of Conduct. You may bring a personal computer to the classroom as long as it does not disturb your classmates. If you need to arrive late or leave early, you must notify the instructor in advance, otherwise you will be marked as absent. Newspapers and magazines will need to be put away during the class period. If you need to eat or drink during the class period, you may do so with discretion. And, importantly, if you need to speak with the person sitting next to you, it will be most appreciated if you step outside of the classroom to do so and return only when you have finished your conversation.



JUS 350


Immigration and Justice


1. Jeffrey S. Passel. 1998. Undocumented Immigration. Pp.191-204 in The Debate in the United States over Immigration, edited by Peter Duignan and Lewis H. Gann. Hoover Institution Publication No. 444.


2. Elzbieta Gozdziak. 1999. Illegal Europeans: Transients Between Two Societies. Pp. 254-272 in Illegal Immigration in America: A Reference Handbook, edited by David Haines and Karen E. Rosenblum. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press.


3. In-Sook Lim. Korean Immigrant Women's Challenge to Gender Inequality at Home: The Interplay of Economic Resources, Gender, and Family. Gender & society 11(1): 31-51.


4. Robert L. Bach. November 1993. Recrafting the Common Good: Immigration and Community. The Annals of the Academy of Political and Social Science, 530: 155-170.


5. John Hull Mollenkopf. 1999. Urban Political Conflicts and Alliances: New York and Los Angeles Compared. Pp. 412-422 in The Handbook of International Migration: The American Experience, edited by Charles Hirschman, Philip Kasinitz, and Josh DeWind. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.


6. Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo and Ernestine Avila. “I'm Here, but I'm There”: The Meanings of Latina Transnational Motherhood. Gender & Society 11(5): 548-571


7. Kitty Calavita. 1998. Gaps and Contradictions in U.S. Immigration Policy: An Analysis of Recent Reform Efforts. Pp. 92-110 in The Immigration Reader: American in a Multidisciplinary Perspective, edited by David Jacobson. Blackwell Publishers.