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GLOBAL STUDIES (IAS) (L97)  (Dept. Info)Arts & Sciences  (Policies)

L97 GS (IAS) 127Migration in the Global World: Stories3.0 Units
Description:The expression "Stories of Migration" has a variety of meanings. A "story" is a narrative that has a beginning, middle, and an end; an account of imaginary or real people and events told for entertainment, a report of an item of news in a newspaper, magazine, or broadcast; or an account of past events in someone's life or in the development of something. A story also can be a way to make sense of the world, and, as we will discuss throughout the semester, a tool to change the world. This course is based on the premise that in order to shape the future of migration in the global context, it is imperative to understand how stories of migration emerge, are told, passed on, shared, translated, disseminated, collected, challenged, and retold. For these purposes we will examine a wide range of stories of migration from the past decade. We will experiment with both low-tech and high-tech media in order to come up with different ways to showcase stories of migration, and to assess the actual repercussions that these stories of migration have. While we will address migration in the global context, we will focus on three regions: the US Mexican border, the Mediterranean, and St. Louis. We will study immigrant communities in these different locations and analyze a variety of narrative forms and structures in order to discern the impact that stories of migration have both locally and globally. Course materials include novels, memoirs, journalism, essays, short stories, graphic novels, radio programs, film, and performance pieces.
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