Spring 2021 - GSWS 312 D100

Immigrants, Women and Transnational Migration (4)

Class Number: 7070

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu, Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    15 units.



Examines the global division of labor where migrant women as well as immigrant women tend to be exploited in numerous forms, ranging from lack of citizenship rights and erosion of skills to the risk of sexual assault, due to immigration/migration and social policies of various countries. Students with credit for WS 320 Special Topics: Immigrant Women and Economic Security may not complete this course for further credit


This course examines current (im)migration issues and lived experiences at the nexus of colonialism and racial capitalism. We start from thinking about how contemporary forms of immigration relate to our everyday lives on the unceded lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh peoples. From this starting point, the course will cover topics and concepts that revolve around (im)migration issues at various scales -- from the personal to the structural, from the local to the global. We will examine concepts like home, displacement, belonging, and borders alongside topics that attend to the racial and gendered dynamics of contemporary migration and movement such as queer migrations, migrant workers, refugees, various diasporas, and the social movements of (im)migrants. We will use feminist, queer, anti-racist and anti-colonial frameworks to understand contemporary migration issues and struggles for social justice. Overall, the course aims to provide students with critical ways of understanding the global migration, diasporas of people, and their different forms of resistance.


For more detailed information please see the GSWS website: http://www.sfu.ca/gsws/undergraduate/courses/Educational_Goals.html


  • Class Engagement Activities 20%
  • Photo Essay 15%
  • Reading Presentation and Discussion 15%
  • Mid Term Exam 20%
  • Final Project 30%


Synchronous: Student Presentations, Class Discussions, and a Q&A component will be held synchronously on Thursdays 10:20-12:20 via Zoom.  Asynchronous:  Every Tuesday, ahead of our scheduled lecture time, Weekly Course Modules will be posted to Canvas. Course Modules will include: i) pre-recorded lectures; ii) relevant links and iii) a class engagement activity.

Access to internet and a computer with video and audio will be needed.



All the weekly assigned readings will be uploaded on Canvas and/or will be available through SFU library databases.

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in spring 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).