Fall 2016 - SA 345 D100

Race, Immigration and the Canadian State (SA) (4)

Class Number: 3383

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 6 – Dec 5, 2016: Mon, 9:30 a.m.–1:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    SA 101 or 150 or 201W.



An introduction to critical perspectives on the social construction of race, nation building and transnational migration, with an emphasis on state policies and the experiences of immigrants. The course will cover a review of colonialism and the construction of racialized labour market. Core topics may include: racialization of space, anti-racist feminist thought, immigration policy, settlement services, multiculturalism, citizenship, racial profiling, diasporas, and refugees. Comparative material will be used to complement the Canadian focus.


This course examines contemporary issues on immigration in Canada. In particular, the focus will be on state immigration practices (i.e. how the Canadian government has shaped public ideas about immigrants and immigration through law and policy) and how racism is woven into this topic. While the emphasis is on Canadian immigration, this course will also examine how issues of globalization, national security and trends in worldwide migration shape more local concerns. As part of the course evaluation, there is a research project component that involves interviewing someone who has immigrated to Canada about their experiences coming to and settling in Canada. Weekly topics for this course include an examination of current trends in immigration, issues of diversity and cultural difference, deportation and detention, policing and border control, refugees and changes to immigration enforcement.


  • Paper (Guided Analysis) 30%
  • Class Exam #1 25%
  • Class Exam #2 25%
  • Commentary of Readings 10%
  • Participation 10%


Where a final exam is scheduled and you do not write the exam or withdraw from the course before the deadline date, you will be assigned an N grade. Unless otherwise specified on the course outline, all other graded assignments in this course must be completed for a final grade other than N to be assigned.

Academic Dishonesty and Misconduct Policy
The Department of Sociology and Anthropology follows SFU policy in relation to grading practices, grade appeals (Policy T 20.01) and academic dishonesty and misconduct procedures (S10.01- S10.04).  Unless otherwise informed by your instructor in writing, in graded written assignments you must cite the sources you rely on and include a bibliography/list of references, following an instructor-approved citation style.  It is the responsibility of students to inform themselves of the content of SFU policies available on the SFU website: http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student.html.    



Electronic journal articles.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://students.sfu.ca/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html