Fall 2022 - GSWS 312 D100

Immigrants, Women and Transnational Migration (4)

Class Number: 3416

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 12:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    WMC 2503, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 7, 2022
    11:59 PM – 11:59 PM
    TAKE HOME-EXAM, Burnaby

  • 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, 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


  • Participation 20%
  • Personal Story Map 5%
  • Course Engagement Activities 30%
  • Group Presentation 20%
  • Take Home Final Exam 25%


Unceded and ancestral territories of the of the Coast Salish people of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations



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


Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

Registrar Notes:


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