May 06, 2021
POSC 343 - The Politics of the U.S. Mexico Border
This course examines the politics of the United States and Mexico border region focusing on the important role of the state in the development of policies affecting one of the longest border regions in the world. Topics covered in the course include the politics of border regions and the national state, and the diverse policy concerns of the region from economic development and immigration, to ecological degradation, and health concerns.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the various terms associated with the study of borders, frontiers, borderlands, and boundaries.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the various theories of the state, power and political economy and their application to the US-Mexico border region.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the history of US-Mexico relations and their impact in the development of the border region from the Mexican American War to contemporary times.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the basic policy issues, specific to the US-Mexico border region (economic development, immigration, urbanization, ecological degradation, and security concerns).
- Use library resources and Internet research tools to find information about research questions.
- Incorporate knowledge acquired in the course in a written report on a topic of the student’s choice.
- Properly document sources in research and writing, as well as organize, present, and communicate opinions in thoughtful and coherent fashion.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the US-Mexico border region in comparative perspective with other regions in the world.
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