Sep 22, 2023  
2023-24 Catalog 
2023-24 Catalog
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LEGAL 166 - Immigration Law and the Rights of Non-Citizens

5 Credits
This course surveys historical and contemporary immigration issues with respect to race, gender, religion and human rights, from a global perspective. The course focuses on the impact of substantive and procedural laws including local, regional, global and socioeconomic integration and interdependence as dictated by immigration law.  It examines the contributions of particular cultural groups to legal theories and systems.  It examines institutional oppression and dominant group privilege as dictated by immigration law and policy, including the impact of prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination on immigration law.  Students will develop skills for confronting biased treatment and advocating for justice, and learn about the dynamics of inter-societal conflict and conflict resolution.

Course Note Cross-listed with DGS 166

Quarters Typically Offered
Summer Day
Spring Day

Designed to Serve Students interested in Immigration and Legal Issues; satisfies Social Science Area 1 distribution and DGS requirement; Legal Studies Department elective
Active Date 20220330T15:34:18

Grading Basis Decimal Grade
Class Limit 38
Shared Learning Environment Yes
Contact Hours: Lecture 55
Total Contact Hours 55
Degree Distributions:
  • Diversity & Globalism

ProfTech Course Yes
Restricted Elective Yes
Course Outline

  • An overview of the legal system  
  • A history of immigration and immigration law
  • Temporary statuses
  • Avenues to permanent residence
  • Citizenship
  • Asylum/Refugee status
  • The Diversity Visa
  • Matters related to undocumented aliens and workers
  • Matters related to undocumented children
  • The impact of legal and illegal immigration
  • Comparative immigration law

Student Learning Outcomes
Correctly apply substantive federal immigration law to hypothetical fact patterns.

Effectively analyze the historical impacts of dominant cultural perspectives on race, gender, culture and human rights on the development of immigration law.

Analyze and apply substantive immigration law to selected issues of intercultural and inter-societal conflict and conflict resolution

Correctly articulate the power and limits of immigration law to impacts issues of prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination.

Recognize and analyze essential ways that legal institutions enforce biased and inequitable treatment of non-citizens and non-residents at a community level.

Demonstrate effectivel legal advocacy skill on behalf disenfranchised non-citizens/non-residents

Articulate essential global perspectives with regard to immigration and issues of race, gender, culture and human rights.

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