GradingProblem set (10%):
Because migration is above all a demographic event, we must build upon a basic understanding of quantitative measures of migration. The problem sets will not require priorunderstanding of demographic methods. Problem set will be due October 11 along with yourmigration systems presentation.
Migration Systems Presentation (20%)
: October 11, student teams will lead presentations onspecific migration systems. These will provide an opportunity to explore the determinants andsome impact of migration, to leverage migration statistics, and to explore the meaning of amigration system through your own presentation and through comparison across presentations.Your presentation should last
no more than 15 minutes
with time for questions afterwards. Youshould include an organized, well-prepared presentation including visual aids (audio is welcomeas well, within time constraints).At minimum, your presentation should describe (1) major sending and receiving countries; (2)history of the system including its economic, political , and cultural genesis; (3) current migrantrate and remittance data; (4) prevailing conditions of migration costs, physical movement,legalization, tenure, and naturalization; (5) evidence on the role of the state in emergence,perpetuation, or control; and (6) forces of selectivity including regional, political, cultural,socioeconomic, or biophysical factors. Please limit your discussion of migration impacts, outcomes,or perceptions, which you will cover in your final paper.
Migration Systems Paper (30%):
follow-up to your migration systems presentation, you will be asked to write a brief paper exploring one or more impacts of the migration system in thesending and/or receiving countries. These papers should build explicitly on your understanding ofthe migration system itself, including forces of selectivity and the conditions of migration, butmove forward to explore some of the specific impacts raised in the later weeks of the course. Itshould draw on specific theories and pathways of migration impact. The paper should incorporatedata and synthesis of original research from the syllabus, from your own literature searches, andfrom consultation with your professor. Your paper should be about 6-8 pages unless you receiveprior consent to do something longer.By moving from general data analysis and systems overview in weeks 1-5 to a study of impact atthe end of the course, I hope that the preceding assignments will offer a chronicle of your learningexperience and a platform for exploration in future courses or work.
Take home Final Exam (40%):
Because the class is mostly conceptual in nature, it is essential thatyou be tested on your core understanding of migration theory, methods, and empirical literature.You will receive a take-home final examination
at the end of the final class, November 15
. Youwill answer two essay questions (out of a total of four options). Your answers will need to bethoughtful, concise, and informed by the course readings and lectures. The exam must be returned by
Friday November 19, 5pm.
The exam should take about 10 hours of your time.