The Realities of Immigration Today

Course Title: The Realities of Immigration Today

Course#: 19F01

Dates: Mondays Aug 5 & Aug 19 and Tuesday Aug 13 From 9am – 12pm at the Mercer Public Library.

Course Fee: $40 with $5 discount for early registration by July 22.

Objectives:  This course is designed to help students develop a deeper understanding of contemporary immigration developments and policies. Participants will learn about global demographic changes that influence the flow of migration in the developed and developing world. Sessions will explore public perceptions toward migrants in host countries and compare those to reality, in terms of the decision to migrate, the economic impacts of immigration in host countries, and the role of political economy in integration. Upon course completion, students will be able to better assess the central issues raised by immigration today and the trends of tomorrow.

Course structure:  The course will be given in sessions, each 120 minutes long, covering the following topics:

Week 1: The Reality of Demographic Change & The Reality of the Economic Landscape

Week 2: The Reality of the Economic Landscape & The Reality of Diversity and Integration

Week 3: The Reality of Diversity and Integration & Reality of Immigration Policy  

Requirements: Students should have an interest in global development, immigration, and public policy. Reading materials will be acquired through public sources or provided by the instructor. Students will be expected to complete assigned reading between class sessions and come to class prepared to have thought-provoking discussions. Students will complete in-class assignments and group work to enhance critical thinking and may be expected to complete short writing assignments (1-2 pages) out of class. Students are asked to attend class with an open mind and be open to others’ views, as discussions of political issues often touch on topics viewed as controversial or difficult.

Instructor: Jennifer Kuklenski is an instructor in the Department of Social Responsibility at Northland College in Ashland, WI. She has also held teaching appointments at the University of Southern Mississippi, the University of Maryland University College – Europe, and Gogebic Community College in political science, international development, and international affairs. Ms. Kuklenski earned her Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from St. Cloud State University and Master’s degree in International Security from the University of Arizona’s School of Government and Public Policy. Ms. Kuklenski is currently completing her Ph.D. in International Development at the University of Southern Mississippi with emphases in Economic and Political Development. Her research interests broadly include the intersection of the economy and public policy, labor economics, and workforce development. Her recent publications include “(Mis)Representation: Unraveling the Narrative of Immigrants As Contemporary Economic Threats” and “A Transatlantic Analysis of Immigration and Economic Growth.” Ms. Kuklenski is a Senior Fellow with Humanity in Action, a nonprofit international educational organization that promotes human rights, diversity, and active citizenship around the world.