T5087 Immigration and Belonging in Europe: Refugees and Immigrants in Germany, France and the U.K.

Berlin, Paris, and London
Faculty: Daniel Williams and Susan Bosher
On-line Course Dates: 01/2-5/2019
Travel Dates: 01/06/19 – 01/25/19

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 in recent years has 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 incorporation, 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 the contributions of immigrants to contemporary culture in Germany, France and the U.K., focusing on writers of immigrant background.

Program Fee/Cost
Program 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).

There are no course prerequisites.

Required Readings
Hansen, Randall. 2003. Migration to Europe since 1945: Its History and its Lessons. The Political Quarterly 74: 25-38.
Focus-Migration Reports: European Union, France, Germany, The United Kingdom. N.d.
Online. http://focus-migration.hwwi.de/Country-Profiles.1349.0.html?&L=1
Bloemraad, Irene, et al. 2008. Citizenship and Immigration: Multiculturalism, Assimilation, and Challenges to the Nation-State.  Annual Review of Sociology 34: 153-179.
Brubaker, Rogers. 2013. “On the Study of Muslims as a Category of Practice versus a Category of Analysis.” Ethnic and Racial Studies, pp. 1-10.
Henke, Holger. 2005. Introduction. Crossing Over – Comparing Recent Migration to the United States and Europe, pp. 1-22.
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%)

Faculty Directors
Daniel Williams,  St. Catherine University, (651) 690-6708, e-mail address: dawilliams@stkate.edu
Susan Bosher,  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, 2018.

Final Application Deadline: October 1, 2018

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


Travel Packet

Travel ePacket (Link)

Click the image at left to access the course Travel Packet. The ePacket contains important information about traveling abroad, including your itinerary, frequently asked questions, participant letter and culturegram.

Preliminary Itinerary will be posted by October 16.
Final Itinerary will be posted by December 7.


The Orientation process includes 3 components:
– an online self-study and quiz on the UMAIE student handbook.
– an online orientation webinar conducted by your faculty director(s)
– an on-site orientation upon arrival.

You are REQUIRED to participate in and complete all 3 steps within the deadlines specified below. Failure to do so may result in your removal from the course.

Student Handbook and Online Quiz

2018 Student Manual (PDF)

We have put together this handbook to provide you with helpful information for planning and spending your time abroad. The handbook is also your primary study guide to pass your online quiz. There are excellent tips in this handbook, and it is organized in a way we hope will be user-friendly and straightforward.

Please carefully read the UMAIE student handbook and complete the quiz on the UMAIE student handbook by October 20, 2018.


quiz_thumbYou can access the online quiz through your online application by logging in to your school’s study abroad website. Complete the 2019 UMAIE Participant Quiz under Assessments on your online application portal.


 Orientation Webinar

The online orientation webinar for this course is on:

Thursday, November 8, 2018 – 4:00pm-5:30pm

Your participation is required. Please review the sign-in instructions below and make yourself available to participate on this date.

Click the webinar icon below to access the launch and sign-in screen for Zoom.

Instructions (PDF)

Instructions (PDF)

Webinar Link (Zoom)


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