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SOCI 235

Migration Law and Society

University of Southern California

Teaching Assistant

(Course Instructor: Dr. Deisy Del Real) This course examines the interplay between law, society, and migration, providing an overview of theoretical approaches and empirical research on how legal frameworks shape the migration experience. Students will explore how migration policies, from welcoming to restrictive, are influenced by various stakeholders and affect migrants' daily lives and access to state benefits. Key topics include legal status, social relationships, policing, detention, deportation, and citizenship. The course encourages critical engagement with "law in action" through a small research project on a chosen aspect of immigration law. It aims to develop students' abilities to analyze, critique, and apply migration policy theories to real-world situations, enhancing their research, analytical, and presentation skills.

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