Immigration and the New Second Generation
Today, nearly one quarter of all children under 18 belong to an immigrant family. As this population continues to grow, how they are adapting to US society has important consequences. This course will focus on the children of contemporary immigrants in the United States. This course will highlight the experiences of Asian, Latino, and Black immigrant children to understand how today’s second generation adapts and incorporates into their host societies. Topics include education, gender, language, racial and ethnic hierarchy, and ethnic identity.
Immigrant Assimilation and Adaptation: International Perspectives
What happens to immigrants and their descendants when they arrive in the host country? How do they adapt to their new surroundings and how does their experience differ across host countries? While much of these questions have been addressed using the US as the central focus, examining other host countries can help contextualize the US experience and test the generalizability of assimilation theories. This is particularly important as other immigrants and their children become a larger share of the population in many Western countries. The course focuses primarily on the experience of the children of immigrants, whose outcomes will have the greatest social and economic impacts on their host countries. The first half of the class is devoted to the US experience. After an introduction to major assimilation theories, we will examine cases in Europe and Canada. We will also discuss the role of immigration policy and history in shaping the experiences in each of the host countries.
Sociology of Education
Does education promote socioeconomic opportunities or maintain socioeconomic inequalities? Focusing on the U.S. educational system, we begin by examining theoretical perspectives on the role of education. We then examine the ways in which class, race, and gender affect educational achievement and attainment. Thereafter, we explore the effects of education on socioeconomic attainment. We conclude with an examination of the higher education process.
Sociology of Work and Occupations
How are work and occupation organized in modern society? Focusing on western societies, this course examines how work and occupations have evolved over time and reinforce existing inequalities in society. We examine the ways that class, race, and gender shape occupational attainment and how occupations also shape health and well-being. We also consider the role of the state in shaping occupations. We conclude be examining how globalization and technological changes shape the future of work.
Teaching Assistant Experience
Sociology of Education
Interracial Dynamics Cluster