T4937 – Immigration and Belonging in Europe: Refugees and Immigrants in Germany, France and the U.K. (Preview)

Berlin, Paris, and London
Faculty: Daniel Williams and Susan Bosher

This course will explore contemporary immigration in Europe from an historical and comparative perspective, focusing on Germany, France, and the United Kingdom, including the current refugee situation.

Academic Overview
This course will explore contemporary immigration in Europe from an historical and comparative perspective, focusing on Germany, France, and the U.K.  Although the focus in the media has recently been on the Syrian refugee crisis from a post-9/11 security perspective, in fact immigration has been changing the socio-economic, political, and cultural landscapes in Europe since the 1960s, from guest workers in Germany to post-colonial migrants in France and the U.K.  The course will begin with an overview of immigration in these three countries, from historical and political perspectives, and theories of assimilation, multiculturalism, and citizenship.  Issues of ethnic, cultural, and religious identity will be addressed as well as the social and economic integration of immigrants.  We will also explore how immigrant communities are transforming the cultural and literary landscapes in Germany, France, and the U.K. with a specific focus on Turkish writers in Germany, Maghrebi writers in France, and South Asian writers in the U.K.

Program Fee
Cost: $5,270 – $5,570
*Each home institution may have supplementary fees in addition to the price listed.  Comprehensive Fee includes:  Transportation and course arrangements as indicated, hotel/hostel accommodations in twin and triple rooms, continental breakfast daily, one lunch and three dinners (subject to change).

No prerequisites are required.

Required Readings
Alba, Richard and Nancy Foner. 2015. Strangers No More: Immigration and the Challenges of Integration in North America and Western Europe.  (Excerpts)
Ali, Monica. 2003. Brick Lane. (Excerpts)
Keaton, Trica. 2011. Muslim Girls and the Other France: Race, Identity Politics, and Social Exclusion. (Excerpts)
Guène, Faïza. 2006. Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow. (Excerpts)
Short stories and other selected academic readings.

Current Event Readings (to be determined closer to time of course):
Selections from newspaper articles, contemporary immigrant arts and culture, and documentaries and feature films.

Discussion Questions and Leading Class Discussion (10%)
Daily Journal (20%)
Reflective Papers (4) (50%)
Attendance and Participation (20%)

Program Directors
Daniel Williams, Ph.D., St. Catherine University, (651) 690-6708, e-mail address: dawilliams@stkate.edu

Susan Bosher, Ph.D., St. Catherine University, (651) 690-6862. e-mail address: sdbosher@stkate.edu

Description of Faculty Directors
Daniel Williams is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology, as well co-director of Critical Studies of Race and Ethnicity and affiliate faculty in Women’s Studies at St. Catherine University. Professor Williams’ work examines identities and inequalities from a comparative perspective, with a focus on contemporary Germany/Europe and the U.S., and a secondary interest in the African Diaspora. His main interest is in the interrelationship of race, ethnicity, and nation, and how they are shaped by class and gender. He examines these constructions through the experiences of immigrants and racial minorities, immigration policy and political discourse, and media representations.  He has lived and done research in Munich and Berlin. He speaks German and French.

Susan Bosher is Professor of English and Director of ESL at St. Catherine University.  She has taught English as a Second Language to immigrants and refugees in higher education for over 25 years, both at the University of Minnesota and at St. Catherine University.  She also teaches Global Search for Justice – The Immigrant Experience, Immigrant Perspective in Literature, and language studies classes.  Professor Bosher taught for two years at the University of Munich, from 1992-1994, during the early years of reunification of East and West Germany.  She also taught for two years in Turkey, as a Fulbright Senior Scholar, in the M.A. in TEFL program at Bilkent University in Ankara.  She speaks French and German.

Application Procedures & Deadline
· Select the How to Apply link to start your online application.
· All applications received by your home institutions priority deadline will be sent to the faculty immediately. Applications will be taken after that deadline for programs with space still remaining until the final application deadline of October 1, 2017.

Final Application Deadline: October 1, 2017

For more information on course content, contact Daniel Williams
On application procedures or logistical information, contact your study abroad office.