Fall 2023 - POL 317 D100

Migration, Identity, and Citizenship (4)

Class Number: 7523

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 6 – Oct 5, 2023: Tue, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

    Oct 11 – Dec 5, 2023: Tue, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 12, 2023
    Tue, 12:30–12:30 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    Six lower division units in Political Science or permission of the department.



Migration is on the rise around the globe, presenting challenges for many countries: Who shall be admitted? What should be the conditions of integration? How will 'we' maintain our identity in the face of growing diversity? Explores how and why liberal democracies offer varying responses to these questions. Students who have taken Selected Topics course POL 319 with this topic may not take this course for further credit.


"Nadia said once again that the natives were so frightened that they could do anything. ‘I can understand it,’ she said. ‘Imagine if you had lived here. And millions of people from all over the world suddenly arrived.

‘Millions arrived in our country,’ Saeed replied. ‘When there were wars nearby.’

‘That was different. Our country was poor. We didn’t feel we had as much to lose.’”

Mohsin Hamid, Exit West: A Novel (Riverhead, 2017).


With over a 100 million people displaced globally at the start of this year, forced migration – within and across sovereign borders — now competes for our attention with the challenge of climate change. Indeed, the two are intertwined, with environmental stress as a major trigger of human relocation. This course will address key issues that arise from 21st century mobility, voluntary and forced, in this “age of migration.” Our focus will be on settler societies: Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand. The wider North-South context will inform our sessions, mindful of the global legal-political framework that governs migration. “The states setting the tone for global immigration politics are not anywhere near the places where millions of people flow over the borders in desperate need of assistance,” notes the Canadian scholar Catherine Dauvergne. While the economics of immigration is always at the forefront, for migrants and their destinations, our inquiry is ultimately about the politics of identity and citizenship that frames how “we” respond to “them.”


  • Participation 10%
  • Tutorial Presentation 20%
  • Mid-Term Assignment 30%
  • Final Exam 40%



The New Politics of Immigration and the End of Settler Societies. Catherine Dauvergne. Cambridge University Press, 2016. ISBN: 978-1107631236.


*Controlling Immigration : A Comparative Perspective, eds. J. Hollifield, et al. Stanford, 2022. 4th ed.

* Haas, Castles & Miller. The Age of Migration. Cambridge, 2019, 6th edition.

* Parekh, S. No Refuge: Ethics and the Global Refugee Crisis. Oxford, 2020.


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Department Undergraduate Notes:

The Department of Political Science strictly enforces a policy on plagiarism.

Registrar Notes:


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