Borderline Humans (FOCUS)

Course Number: 
DOCST 153FS.01
Course Instructor: 
Charles Thompson
Location: 
Friedl Bldg 126
Days and Times: 
TuTh 10:05 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.
Course Category: 
Special Topics
Course Type: 
Normal
Course Level: 
Beginning/Intermediate
Crosslisting(s): 
CULANTH 153FS.01
ICS 153FS.01

Examines the border/frontera as national metaphor: a scar on land and bodies, a wall between friends, a line of demarcation for enemies, a nightmare for policy-makers, a delineation for human rights abuses, a law enforcement nightmare, a pass-through for trade and NAFTA, a catchall for the poor, a diversion for traffickers. Study history, culture, policy, creative writing and art addressing the only line between two nations with such disparity in wealth. Look at immigration as it relates to labor, particularly farmworkers and their work in US fields. Students will engage in a research project related to the instructor’s Bass Connections Project entitled: America’s Sacred Spaces.