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Crossing Borders: Migration and Culture

General Elective

July 6 – 24, 2020

Location: Humber Lakeshore Campus

Over 200 million people in the world today are migrants. Some have voluntarily left their countries of origin while others have been driven out by war, famine, poverty or persecution. Our country, Canada, is considered one of the great countries of migration in the world. Some of you will enter this class having undergone such a journey yourself or you may know someone, a family member or friend, who has traveled vast distances to arrive here. Your own knowledge and understanding of this experience is thus an important aspect of our exploration of migration as one of the most significant political, social, economic and cultural transformations of our time. Through careful reading, informed discussion and thoughtful writing, students will draw connections between contemporary migration and global histories of trade, capitalism, slavery, colonialism, under (development), urbanization, globalization and conflict.